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

SPEAKERS MEETING
- THE CIVIL WAR & ITS EFFECT ON READING
Wednesday 6 January, 2021 at 2pm via Zoom

Our last Speakers Meeting on the Civil War in Reading was presented by Avis Furness, former Chairman of Reading U3A. The talk was very well received by our members with many members being inspired to carry out further research, not only on the Civil War, but on the history of Reading in general. 
 

SPEAKERS MEETING
-  A SCHOOLGIRL'S WAR
Wednesday 3 February, 2021 at 2pm via Zoom

Our next Speakers meeting is on Wednesday 3rd February at 2pm. Our speaker is Mary Smith, former Headteacher of Maidstone Grammar School for Girls. Her talk is based on first-hand recollections of pupils, now in their 80s and 90s, who experienced disrupted schooling, air-raids, doodlebugs and lessons in underground shelters. Their experiences have been recorded in Mary's published book of the same name.
Highly recommended by other U3As.



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

 
GROUPS UPDATE by Paula Dove   January 2021

With the country in lockdown, there will be no face-to-face u3a group meetings until further notice. Many groups continue to run using Zoom meetings and others continue to communicate via email.

The new “Off the Wall” email conversation group would welcome new members
Email me if you want more information at :

Groupsco@woodleyu3a.org.uk



 
 
January 2021
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.