To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of u3a, we'll be coordinating a series of exciting events that you and your u3a can take part in.
u3a 40th Anniversary Quilt
The quilt was revealed in the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester on the 17th June.
The quilt will next go on display at the Blanket Hall in Witney where u3a members and the public will be able to see it from Wednesday 10 August. The Blanket Hall is open on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 until 17:00 hours. It has a cafe interestingly called The Pie Shop, offering fine coffee, beers and ciders and excellent pies https://www.blankethall.co.uk/
An article on the Quilt will appear in the July issue of the Patchwork and Quilting magazine.
The three short virtual meetings in April, August and October 2021 were very well attended. In u3a’s 40th Anniversary year, we plan 3 virtual meetings in April, July and October. The July meeting will be designated as the Anniversary meeting, see below. A third additional meeting for u3a members will be held in October 2022.
A science-based learning event with 3 presentations of 45 minutes followed by questions after each, with a break for refreshments and for lunch. Each meeting will start at 10:30 (doors open at 10:15) and will end with a short Summary and Thanks session at 3 o’clock.
July meeting - 26th July
A science-based learning event with 3 presentations followed by questions after each, with a break for refreshments and for lunch. The presentations will look at events in the 1980s when u3a started life in the UK, what’s happening Today with a Call to Action and what might happen in the Future. The meeting will start at 10:30 (doors open at 10:15) and will end with a Plenary and Thanks session by 15:30 hours.
Presentations will be made on:
- Blowing Hot and Cold in the 1980s - John Marriage
- The Carbon Imperative - Mike Perry
- Human Colonisation of Space - Leigh Edward
A third virtual meeting will be held in October.
Please join u3a members online and celebrate our 40th Anniversary, be one of 40 participants spending 40 mins dance exercising to music from 40 years ago! It is also part of u3a week too!
The aim of this project is to engage older people from across the UK in telling real or imagined stories about older people who are taking positive steps to make a better future for themselves and others. Members were asked to provide ideas which could then be translated into short plays and a large number have been received. Starting in February, a selection will be turned into short plays and recorded as videos. One at least should be produced live this year and, in 2023, hopefully at the Edinburgh Fringe and a London theatre.
As with u3a Week, we believe these events will help to challenge negative perceptions of older adults and bring together everyone in the community to learn about the contribution u3a makes to the quality of life for older people.
u3a Week is an opportunity to celebrate our activities, our contribution to the local community, the innovative ways members had responded to the restrictions under lockdown and to share plans about the future delivery of our u3a programme. It’s exciting to know that from now on, every year, there will be a day dedicated to learning, staying active and having fun by people no longer in full-time work We believe this day can help to challenge negative perceptions of older adults and bring together everyone in the community to learn about the contribution u3a makes to the quality of life for older people. Please let us know what your u3a is planning
If you want to find out more about organising u3a Day and what other u3as are planning, please visit our u3a Day pages.
Until March 2020, u3a members were able to take part in 2 afternoons a year at the Royal Institution in Albemarle Street in London until the pandemic struck on the day before the first RI session that year. The event will return, as a hybrid event, on 31 October 2022.
If u3as plan regional celebrations, this will create a much greater impact and will attract the attention of press and media. An interesting idea was suggested at a recent regional gathering, that of a town or city Ring Walk so watch this space. The path round Greater London is 70 miles long!