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WOODLEY & DISTRICT U3A : LATEST NEWS & UPDATES                               GEN NEWSLETTER (DECEMBER)

FEBRUARY SPEAKERS MEETING
-  A SCHOOLGIRL'S WAR
Wednesday 3 February, 2021

Our February speaker was Mary Smith, former Headmistress of Maidstone Girls Grammar School, who delved into the wartime history of the school following the discovery of underground bomb shelters. She illustrated her talk with pictures and paintings by one of the teachers who taught at the school during the war. The paintings were discovered in the school archives and provided Mary with a wealth of information for her research. Her talk was excellent and well received by our members. Mary has also written a book to accompany the talk which features many of the paintings from the school's archives.

If anyone is interested in purchasing her book, please contact Mary, membership secretary,  who wull provide you with Mary Smith's details. 
membershipsecretary@woodleyu3a.org.uk

 

SPEAKERS MEETING
-  THE GHOSTS OF HAMPTON COURT PALACE
Wednesday 3 March, 2021 at 2pm via Zoom

Our next talk in March will be given by Sarah Slater, a Hampton Court Tour Guide and Lecturer. Sarah will be talking about her experiences of researching and 'working with' the Ghosts of Hampton Court Palace. The palace has reputedly been the site of many strange and spine tingling encounters over the centuries which have included tales of ghostly animals, a robed figure and sightings of a woman drifting through the Haunted Gallery. Sarah will explore some of the strange happenings which have given Hampton Court Palace its spooky reputation as well as secrets and scandals of the royal court.

For booking contact Mary -
membershipsecretary@woodleyu3a.org.uk

 
GROUPS UPDATE by Paula Dove   6 February 2021

We now have over twenty groups, and the number is increasing all of the time, meeting virtually - mainly over Zoom. Of those groups many have space for new members. These are:

Afternoon Film Group
Creative Writing
Discovering Science
History Topics
Maths Topics
On-line Board Games
On-line Bridge
On-line Quiz
Photography
Poetry Writing
Spanish Chat for Beginners
Textile Crafts (formerly Fabric Creations)
Virtual Gallery Visits

More information about all of these groups can be accessed via the Groups page on our website by clicking on any group.  Email me or the relevant group contact member to find out more.

A new group has just been formed which would like more members - On-line Chess. 
Email me using the link below or the relevant
group contact member.

There has been some interest expressed in setting up some new groups.

Please let me know if you would be interested in any of the following possible groups.

On-line Canasta
Painting and Drawing
On-line Rummikub
Poetry Reading
Scrapbooking
Astronomy
Ornithology


Groupsco@woodleyu3a.org.uk


Zoom Support

If you would like help in using Zoom then Chris, our system administrator, is very willing to provide support.

Contact Chris by emailing him initially
systemadmin@woodleyu3a.org.uk

 
 
February 2021                                                                                                       ARTS NEWSLETTER (FEBRUARY)
At the time of writing, we are heartened by the possibility of some kind of return to normality with intensive vaccination programmes well under way across the country. Vaccinations in Woodley are now being provided at Woodley Centre Surgery and Loddon Vale Practice to residents in the relevant age categories. Some members have reported receiving telephone calls offering them vaccination appointments.

Wokingham Borough Council, as part of their InItTogether Scheme has produced a Covid 19 Self Isolation Support Pack which is now available to download from the Woodley Town Council Facebook page or by clicking on the support pack image below. The useful pack, as well as providing useful general information, provides contact details for a helpline. Wokingham Borough Council is working in partnership with Citizens Advice Wokingham, and other voluntary sector organisations, to operate its One Front Door scheme helping to connect residents to support networks. Examples of support you may need are provided in the pack and shown below. The team can be contacted on the telephone number provided on the "If You Need Support" page and they will assess how they may be able to help you.




The InItTogether Scheme also provides a leaflet on 10 ideas of things to do in Lockdown.

For other ideas on things to do, see our
Ideas for Interests and Activities pages.

Also providing information and events is the U3A Trust via their main website with news, Zoom workshops, and a host of learning events including A Taste of Japan; National Army Museum Talk; U3A Ukulele Jam; Maths Activities & Games. The U3A Thames Valley Network also provides virtual seminars and short courses and their programme of Zoom events is available on their website. Links for both the U3A Trust and the Thames Valley Network websites and their activities are provided on our
Useful Information menu page.
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