Continuing our series which shares great ideas and the latest ideas and suggestions to help you keep active, keep connected and keep learning.
Ayr U3A has organised social events via zoom such as a weekly quiz and an inaugural Wine and Cheese party. They have also been recommending that their members complement group activities with online learning via YouTube. Some examples, are the Arts Society, National Theatre live streams on Thursday nights (and available for 7 days), or if you fancy exercising your vocal cords then have a look at Gareth Malone Great British Home Chorus.
Weald and Downland Living Museum has a comprehensive reference library relating to vernacular architecture, building conservation and rural crafts and skills – it is one of the leading archives in the country on these subjects. There is a link to their online catalogue on the website which lists the topics covered. Whilst the books themselves aren’t available at the moment, Carol Brinson is very happy to answer any queries you may have on the areas in the catalogue if you email
Family History Resources
• The Genealogist is offering a free package of their most useful record sets, their image archive and digital magazines for beginners to use for 3 months. No card details, no subscription. Details here.
• A large number of documents held in the British Library can currently be accessed for free. Suggest you start here to explore.
• Access The National Archives for free.
The webmaster at Maldon & District U3A has developed Zoom-based versions of two card games (Bridge and Hearts), which are very popular with members. These are available online to download. They can be played by any number between 8 and 24 players, and it requires only minimal skill, so is a fun and social event.
Front page picture credit: Croydon U3A Creative Writing Group