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WOODLEY & DISTRICT U3A : LATEST NEWS & UPDATES                       LATEST NEWSLETTER (NOVEMBER)
November 2020  Latest Information & Newsletter Extracts
Jane Wolsey, Webmaster and Newsletter Editor

SPEAKERS MEETING - HISTORY AND WORK OF THE NATIONAL TRUST  
Wednesday 2 December 2020 at 2.00pm via Zoom

Celebrating the National Trust's 125th birthday, David explores the history and breadth of the Trust'a work - from the preservations of coastlines and industrial sites to Stately homes.

SPEAKER: David Hunt

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

At our SPEAKERS MEETING - CYBER CRIME
which took place via Zoom on Wednesday 4 November, Mark Gosland, Cyber Protect Officer for Thames Valley Police gave advice on how we can protect ourselves from the activity of online fraudsters. An extremely useful meeting where our members received many very helpful pointers on how to stay safe online.

Mark has kindly provided a summary of his talk which can be downloaded below. Many thanks to Mark and to our System Administrator, Chris Mould, for converting the document to pdf. format.

Click here for -
   Summary of Cyber Crime Meeting 
 

CHRISTMAS ZOOM     Wednesday 16 December 2020 at 7.00pm

     Whatís It Going to Be in Woodley This Christmas? .......

 

The main part of the Groups update can be viewed by clicking on our November Newsletter link at the top of the page. Listed below are possible ideas for virtual evening groups now all the more relevant as we move into lockdown.

With the days getting shorter, it would be great to have more groups running in the evenings. Please let me know if you would be willing to help run such a group.

Some of my suggestions for groups are:

1. Wine Tasting over Zoom - this could give people the opportunity to taste and discuss wines of a particular country, wines suitable for Xmas meals, dessert wines, cocktails, non-alcoholic drinks etc. Other u3a groups around the UK are running this type of group successfully.

2. Theatre visits and discussion - group members would agree to watch one or more streams of plays each month on-line and then meet over Zoom to discuss what they have watched. As more live theatre comes back after lockdown, there could be the possibility of theatre outings in small groups.

3. Evening on-line board games - there are lots of excellent board games that can be played on-line with friends. You can chat with other players over Zoom while playing on-line and it is great fun - I play regularly with family members scattered around the UK.
 

Contact Paula :
Groupsco@woodleyu3a.org.uk

 
Annual General Meeting & Election of Officers 7 Oct 2020
Our first Annual General Meeting took place via Zoom on Wednesday 7 October. Our procedures and financial reports for the year 2019/2020 were approved and committee members were re-elected for the year 2020/2021 by members attending the meeting (see Committee Page). A warm welcome to our new committee member - Philippa Hills.

UPCOMING EVENTS
While we canít all be together this Christmas for a Christmas Extravaganza or a Toby Carvery meet, we will be Zooming into your homes on:-  WEDNESDAY 16 DECEMBER.

Join us at 7 pm for an evening Christmas Party of special Christmassy Events including:-

Christmas Cake Contest. A Special Prize for the Best Decorated Cake - whatever the tier!

Savoury Dish Contest with a Christmas Theme. Prize for Best Entry.

Homemade Christmas Gift for an Adult Family member or Friend. Prize for Best Entry.

Homemade Christmas Gift
for a Grandchild. Prize for Best Entry.

Christmas Story/Poem  
Prize for Best Entry in Each Category. Story max. of 2000 words,

Christmas Quiz    
For the Fun of It!
Our Quiz will be hosted by highly experienced Quizmasters, David and Julia Eversham, who ran our very successful Quiz night at Sonning Golf Club last autumn.  

Christmas Raffle  
Assorted Prizes

Christmas Music 
(To be Confirmed)

For all the contests - cake, savoury dish, gift, story and poem, please email your intent to enter to address provided below, and you will receive the relevant instructions and dates by which entries should be submitted. 

In the meantime, get working on those ideas and prepare to lockdown in the kitchen/workroom. We canít wait to see just how creative our members can be!

Any specific queries, email me :- Jane at 
socialevents@woodleyu3a.org.uk
GROUPS UPDATE by Paula Dove





CREATIVE WRITING PROJECT

The Creative Writing Group has produced a booklet of creative writing to be shared with all U3A members. A variety of prompts were used and the work covers a wide range of forms and themes from poetry to ghost stories and much more besides.

The quality of the work is a testimony, not only to the the writers themselves, but especially to their extremely talented Convenor and Mentor, Philip Scott.

Superb work and a thank you to all concerned.

Click here to enjoy
the fruits of the writing project


Gentle Snow Falling

A White Christmas Dream Comes True

Footsteps Lead to Home





Whatever the tier, we are looking for creative ideas to share with members and you may win a prize!