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U3A Foyle Awarded Highest Volunteer Accolade in UK

  U3A Foyle Awarded Highest Volunteer Accolade in UK

U3A Foyle in Northern Ireland has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – the highest accolade a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

The U3A’s volunteers were praised for their work in “providing a full programme of classes and activities to keep retirees active and involved”.

Chairman David Hill is delighted that the hard work of the U3A’s many volunteers has been recognised by this prestigious award. 

He said: “It is a tribute to all the volunteer members within U3A Foyle. We have a huge volunteer base. Members volunteer in so many ways - on our board, on our many committees, as office volunteers, kitchen volunteers, finance and IT volunteers, as in-house event support volunteers and as group leaders and animators for the groups and activities.

“The large number of volunteer roles we have emphasises that this deserved award is for each and every volunteer within U3A Foyle".

During this coronavirus crisis, many groups in U3A Foyle have moved online via Zoom, Hangouts and Skype; members are connected through emails and Facebook Private Group pages all as a way of keeping members informed and connected.

U3A Foyle member Doreen stated "U3A has helped me feel less isolated since the Corona Virus hit. It has been reassuring while cocooning to be able to continue to do my U3A keep-fit classes which have shifted online. I get a lot of information through the weekly emails and I keep in touch with my friends on WhatsApp and now also on Zoom".

A certificate signed by the Queen and a domed glass crystal will be presented to U3A Foyle by Dr Angela Garvey, Lord-Lieutenant for the City of Londonderry, later this summer. In addition, two volunteers may also be invited to attend a Royal garden party next year.

See more on U3A Foyle's Website

Title Photo: U3A Foyle Building

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Mindfulness Sessions - Week 5

 Mindfulness Sessions - Week 5

Welcome to Week 5 of our Mindfulness Sessions with U3A Subject Adviser - Nancy Taylor. Please listen to them on our Youtube Channel or by clicking here

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A New Date for Robotic NatWest Lecture

A New Date for Robotic NatWest Lecture

Due to unexpected ill health, a new date is being set for the Robotics Lecture which will no longer be taking place this afternoon.

This new series especially designed for us by NatWest of live streamed lectures will launch next week with Investment Shams.

We are hoping the Robotic lectures will take place in a couple of week.  The lectures will take place every Thursday at 2:30pm - and each sessions will be delivered by NatWest staff with expertise in the topic. Any U3A member is welcome to join the lecture which will be live streamed on our Facebook channel or on NatWest's Youtube - links on how to join Youtube will be published nearer the time.

You can watch the live stream Facebook even if you dont have a Facebook profile (or without logging in). Follow us here

And dont worry if you miss the live stream on next Thursday - we will host the lectures on our Youtube channel after the event. More details to come.

Hope to see you there at the first lecture next week on Investment Shams - 21st May at 2:30pm.

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BirdTrack - Members' Pictures and Stories

BirdTrack - Members' Pictures and Stories

U3A members have been submitting some amazing photos and descriptions of birds they’ve spotted in their gardens as part of the BirdTrack scheme. BirdTrack - from the British Trust of Ornithology - is a project to note the species of birds they see in order to track migration movements and distributions of birds across Britain and Ireland.

A common thread amongst all entries is that lockdown has encouraged birds to be more active and forward in visiting residential gardens. 

We’ve pulled together below just a selection of the different species or bird related garden activity that have been sent in from members across the UK. We hope these inspire you to keep sending in your observations and sharing with U3A.

Your Bird Photos

Julie from Southport U3A in Merseyside took this amazing picture (below) of a Blue Tit on a catkin plant. The colours are spectacular.

 

 

Carolyn from Haxby and Wigginton U3A in North Yorkshire has bird visitors in her garden on a regular basis this time of year. Carolyn particularly loved the antics of the Long Tailed Tits (below).Geoff Rands from Maidstone U3A took this bath time photos of some pigeons sharing a bath, a good way to save

 

Geoff from Maidstone U3A in Kent took this bath time photos of some pigeons sharing a bath, a good way to save water.

 

The chaffinch, (below on the left), and the long tailed tit, (below on the right), were photographed by Brian from Belfast U3A in his back garden in Carryduff.

 

While recovering from a hip operation, Hugh from Penicuik and District U3A in Scotland took this fantastic photo of a sparrowhawk (below) The young sparrowhawk sat on top of his leylandii hedge for some time and was in no hurry to fly away. The delay between selecting the right composition with its rapid and unpredictable head movement, pressing the shutter and capturing the image meant that it took lots of shots to get the best photo. It was definitely worth the wait.

 

Brian from Sidmouth U3A in Devon has had a few garden visitors since lockdown began including a sparrow hawk on the left below and a blackbird at the bird feeder on the right.

 

Christine from Evesham U3A in Worcestershire has bluetits (below) nesting in her garden.

 

 

Not having a garden didn’t stop Jenny, Abbeywood and Thamesmead U3A, in London from snapping this lovely goldfinch nesting in a tree outside her flat (below).

 

Jonathan, Sutton Bridge U3A, in Lincolnshire, was delighted to be able to watch a pair of song thrushes from an upstairs window. This ivy-covered sycamore tree is a magnet for the garden birds.

 

This gracious Grey Heron was snapped by Richard, Sudbury U3A, in Suffolk, on the bank of the River Stour in Great Cornard.

Roundup of bird sightings

Beverley, Thanet U3A, has spotted a huge variety of birds in her garden: goldfinches, great tits, starlings, great spotted woodpeckers, woodpigeons, collard doves, black birds, magpies, robins, sparrows and seagulls. 

Meriel has set up a garden birdfeeder with suet blocks and seed mix. She regularly see: robins, great tits and wood pigeons. 

Denham, Edinburgh U3A, has had visits from long tailed tits in his garden occasionally for 30 years This year, during lockdown, a pair built a nest near his conservatory and he now has a constant stream of novel behaviours to observe through the window.

Rob, Narbeth U3A, spotted a wheatear on the shore of the Cleddau river near Landshipping.

Jane from Forest Town U3A regularly sees blue tits, coal tits, great tits, long tailed tits, wrens, magpies, blackbirds dunnocks, sparrows, collared doves, wood pigeons, buzzards, sparrow hawks goldfinches, greenfinches and great spotted woodpeckers.

Peregrines nesting on Rochdale Town Hall can be watched on the Rochdale Council website -recommended by Valerie from U3A Whitworth.

Robins, dunnocks, blackbirds, blue tits, long tail tits, goldfinches, pigeons and magpies are among the visitors Gill, Arnold Nottingham U3A has had in her garden.

John, Waterlooville U3A has been bird spotting on the Farlington marshes bird reserve and seen shellducks, wigeons, avocets, blacktailed godwits, gadwalls, skylarks, blackbacked gulls, many blackheaded gulls, many moorhen and coots, lapwings, mallards and canada geese.

Val, Chichester U3A has shared her garden sightings with us including chiffchaffs, chaffinches and garden warblers.
Alison Trenery, Uttoxeter U3A, saw two housemartins peeping over the edge of their nest (which had stayed put over the winter) in the eaves of her house.

Sandra, Barnsley U3A, has spotted blackbirds enjoying the sun in her back garden.
We would love to hear from more members about your sightings and for you to share any photographs you have managed to take of your feathered visitors.

Mary Gibbons is our Birdwatching subject adviser for the U3A movement, Mary has a lot of information on her Subject Adviser page to help with this and can help with any individual enquiries.

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BirdTrack - Wonderful photos from members

BirdTrack - Wonderful photos from members

U3A members have continued to send us their fantastic bird photos and tales of feathered visitors to their gardens as part of the BirdTrack scheme.  BirdTrack is provided by the British Trust of Ornithology and is a project in which participants take note of the species of birds they see in order to help BTO analyse migration movements and distributions of birds across Britain and Ireland.

Members have enjoyed watching the birds and also listening to the wonderful birdsong in our green spaces as the lockdown encourages the local bird life to become more active. Please carry on sending in your observations and sharing with U3A via our online form.

Carolyn, from Dunstable U3A, has spotted a collection of birds including this preening mallard in Tring reservoir (left) and a partially leucistic rook at the rear of Dell Farm Whipsnade with other non-leucistic rooks (centre). The duckling on the right was one of 11 at Trying reservoir. Who can’t resist a duckling?

Jacqueline from Mawdesley and Villages U3A heard a bittern booming in Martin Mere but hasn't heard it since sadly. And took this great picture of moorhens fighting in the canal in Burscough.

Dennis, from Walsall U3A snapped this pigeon enjoying a bath during the warm weather.

Pauline Phillips from Newbury U3A frequently sees a red kite flying over her garden as seen in this great picture.

Roundup of other bird sightings
Mary, from Harborne & Edgbaston U3A, saw the following birds on a hot and sunny morning in Chad Valley, Birmingham: wren, dunnock, blue tit, great tit, long-tailed tit, robin, treecreeper, chaffinch, blackbird, feral pigeon, wood pigeon, great spotted woodpecker, magpie, carrion crow, grey heron, mallard, lesser black-backed gull.

Michael, from Tamworth U3A saw 5 or 6 tree sparrows, a pair of blue tits, male & female black birds, a pair of dunnocks, a pair of yellow hammers, starlings, a pigeon, a pair of collared doves and a robin using the seed feeder. A kestrel perched on his neighbour’s satellite dish and he could also hear and see buzzards being buzzed by crows.

Please keep your photos and stories coming in - we love them -  thank you so much.

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BirdWatch - an update

BirdWatch - an update

As we move further into Spring and the days are getting warmer and longer, U3A members have been sending more and more wonderful bird photos and descriptions of their sightings as part of the BirdWatch scheme. Garden BirdWatch is provided by the British Trust of Ornithology and is a project in which participants take note of the species of birds they see in order to help BTO analyse migration movements and distributions of birds across Britain and Ireland. 

We want to see as many of these lovely pictures as possible to really capture this increased activity at the moment. Please carry on sending in your observations and sharing with U3A via our online form.

Brenda, Shrewsbury U3A, was very lucky to take this photo on her iPad of a pair of robins. It’s not often that you see a pair together, but they are very familiar with Brenda.

 

Ray from Abingdon U3A took this fantastic picture of a Red Kite from his back garden on 6 May.

This was taken by David from Wilmslow U3A in his garden in Wilmslow, Cheshire.

When the garden was being prepared for his new turf, Peter, Orpington U3A, snapped this robin who had stopped by to watch!

Peter also spotted these two, deep in conversation "shall we make this our home this year? I was born here in 2019!" and the blue tits below on the right:

Moorhens are permanent residents on David’s pond (Harleston U3A). There are at least four chicks in this brood, the second this year.

Janet, St Neots U3A, was joined by Mr and Mrs Blackbird on VE Day. Thankfully they observed the 2m social distancing rule.

This bird, and there is current great debate about what it is, was just sitting on Hazel, Burton upon Trent U3A’s garden fence on 28 April. Any suggestions? Its markings are not very clear in the photograph but it had horizontal dark markings on its front. What a joy to see such a lovely wild bird.

Julie, Southport U3A, would like to introduce Becks, a female Blackbird with a taste for mealworms.  Only as a treat so as not to become dependent on them as a source of food. During the summer months when she had young she would appear as soon as Julie went into the garden. In order to photograph her, Julie placed a small container of mealworm on the lawn from which she gathered several up then would walk across the lawn before flying off, returning a few minutes later for more.

Mike from Aughton and Ormskirk U3A photographed a squirrel that invaded his bird feeder and got a bit unstuck.

 

Roundup of other bird sightings

Judith, Stafford U3A, has seen 2 jays, 20 starlings, 6 magpies, 4 blue tits, 2 coal tits, 2 great tits, 2 blackbirds, 1 robin, 2 dunnocks, 6 pigeons, 1 goldfinch and 1 chaffinch.

We would love to hear from more members about your sightings and for you to share any photographs you have managed to take of your feathered visitors.

Mary Gibbons is our Birdwatching subject adviser for the U3A movement, Mary has a lot of information on her Subject Adviser page to help with this and can help with any individual enquiries.

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Continue to Keep Fit with Mr Motivator

Continue to Keep Fit with Mr Motivator

Thank you so much to the thousands of you who are joining our series of fitness workouts with the TV Fitness Guru Mr Motivator. The series is specifically aimed at U3A and Third Agers.  Just a gentle reminder that if you haven’t yet, you can still join us and take part in the fitness sessions on a weekly basis.

It is a six day programme of eight minutes a day - and works every muscle group in the body.

It's so important to take regular exercise particularly during this lockdown period so this is a shout out to all third agers to please join us.

You can take part in the week long programme by going to our playlists here: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheU3a/p...

To learn more about joining U3A during this lock down time please go to https://u3asites.org.uk/code/u3asite.php?site=1102

Look forward to you joining us #SayYeh!

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Covid-19 Update 16th March

Covid-19 Update 16th March

Third Age Trust CEO Sam Mauger and Chair Ian McCannah said,
“Thank you to all U3As for your support and advice over this changing period of time. 

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Diary Project - Living History

Diary Project - Living History

U3A members are being asked to help craft a shared learning project where they create living history of this extraordinary time.

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Exclusive interview U3A National Event

Exclusive interview U3A National Event

Following the suspension of the National Events Programme due to government advice on social distancing, the key speaker for Behind the Scenes of Dame Mary Quant - Heather Tilbury Phillips, Bury St Edmunds U3A and former Director of Mary Quant’s Company, has kindly agreed to give an exclusive interview with U3A about the fashion icon’s enduring legacy.

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FAQs - 18th March

FAQs -  18th March

The Third Age Trust has put together this Question and Answer list – collating all its current advice on coronavirus which has been sent out to U3As. Please continue to look out for mailings as the situation changes.

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Finance and Insurance

Finance and Insurance

Please stay safe and vigilant as fraudsters increase their activity in times of uncertainty and confusion. If in doubt don’t pay it and check with your fellow members. This may be helpful: www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk

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Ideas to Keep Learning

Ideas to Keep Learning

U3A’s are demonstrating their creativity, innovation and engagement by coming up with ways of staying active and keeping connected during these extraordinary times. U3A members have come up with some great ways to keep in touch. Here are some of your suggestions on what you are doing - we will be posting many more in the coming days.

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Ideas to Keep Learning - 9

Ideas to Keep Learning  - 9

Continuing our series which shares great ideas and the latest ideas and suggestions to help you keep active, keep connected and keep learning.

Bicester U3A

Bicester U3A has gathered some local information to help through the current period. Have a look at their suggestions which include The Royal Mint Exhibition online. For those who haven’t visited the Royal Mint you can now see it online at Royal Mint

BBC iPlayer 

BBC iPlayer has loaded lots of new content including classic box sets, such as all 10 series of popular spy drama Spooks, plus Wallander, French & Saunders, Waking the Dead and The Missing.

Concerts

Andrea Bocelli's Easter Concert was streamed from the empty cathedral in Milan - you can view this on YouTube just go into YouTube and search on Andrea Bocelli.

Violinist Daniel Hope is performing chamber music concerts from his living room in Berlin, with specially invited guests. Every day at 1800 (CTE) Click on Violin Concerts.

Dance

Sadler Wells theatre are using Facebook to stream a number of productions.

Whymondham U3A

Zoom is proving useful for Wymondham U3A who are using it with their family history group members, making the most of the screen sharing facility. It means that one person can advise on how to fill in data - they cannot control the other persons’ computer but they can see where the mouse is and say “up a bit – down a bit – click on that and enter this!

Hitchin U3A

A member at U3A Hitchin has been offering a weekly dance exercise class for members using the free Zoom app. This is a fantastic way to keep fit and catch up with your friends online as well.

Cookridge and Horsforth U3A

Cookridge and Horsforth U3A has been using their website to good effect with two new pages on our website - one U3A AT HOME and the other THINGS TO DO. Members send in ideas, and links and the group leader refreshes the content. They also have a telephone scheme to keep in touch with those who live alone and a closed Facebook group.

Norfolk U3A
Many local interest groups have set up dedicated website pages since lockdown to help members stay in touch. Have a look at this Norfolk U3A group website for ideas and inspiration.

Chelsea Flower Show
Chelsea Flower Show will be taking place virtually this year between 18-23 May. Full details will be available soon but you can read the latest update here. Many people feel they need gardening in their life now more than ever before for their mental and physical wellbeing. Whether it’s for admiring the plants or learning how to grow your own food.

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Ideas to Keep Learning - 10

Ideas to Keep Learning - 10

Continuing our series which shares great ideas and the latest ideas and suggestions to help you keep active, keep connected and keep learning.

The Tower of London

For nearly a thousand years the Tower of London has stood as a prominent landmark on the city’s skyline. Having witnessed some of the nation’s most testing moments, including invasions, plagues and infernos, today it represents our collective strength and resilience 🏰 The Tower blog looks at the trials the Tower has withstood over the centuries, starting way back in 1066… bit.ly/towerblog-part1

National Theatre

The National Theatre has released its first online pub quiz with hosts including Ian McKellen. You can watch the full quiz here

Chair Yoga

Follow chair yoga with Age UK Westminster on their YouTube account. This episode demonstrates a range of postures that increase the suppleness and strength of our lower backs. Improve your posture and reduce nagging back pain by following along with the exercises.

Record your own audio cards

TalkingPrint are giving away 2000 blank Record Your Own Audio cards for people in isolation. This is a lovely way to post a personal message to someone that may not have internet access or if you just want a different way to get in touch during hard times. 

Mindfulness

Judy Cooper leads the Mindfulness and Meditation groups at Wellingborough U3A. Judy is offering free 33mins downloads of her Island of Peace relaxation/visualisation to U3A members here.

 

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Ideas to Keep Learning - 11

Ideas to Keep Learning - 11

Continuing our series which shares great ideas and the latest ideas and suggestions to help you keep active, keep connected and keep learning.

Produce a calendar

Whitwick and District U3A’s Digital Photography Group have designed and produced a calendar with photos from members with a different stunning photo each month. It’s a lovely way to share the group’s photos and a useful calendar for members. 

Word with friends 2

If you want to play word games with your friends online you can invite them through this smartphone app which is almost as good as real scrabble and just as competitive.

Sketchbook or art group

We can still draw and paint at home and share with each but taking photos and sending on, the craft time can be therapeutic as well. 

Quizzes

Quizzes have never been so popular as they are at the moment and they’re easy to run on zoom or other videoconferencing. Wanstead and Woodford U3A have published all the questions and answers from their quizzes here to help you get ideas for yours: https://u3asites.org.uk/files/w/wanstead-woodford/docs/montageof1-10quizzes.pdf

Take part in a quarantine supper club

Either make your own food for your own dinner party or join in a supper club organised by a restaurant that is operating online. Have a look for your favourites and see if they are running something online.

Garden groups

Share photos and virtual garden tours with other members, as well as putting photos of members’ gardens on the website. We all have more time (and good weather) to get our gardens looking really wonderful, so it’s nice to share them virtually with people outside our household! 

The words

Some members have been sending us their experiments with words which have put a smile on our faces. Have a look and send yours in if you’re feeling creative:
C currently
O oxford
R researchers
O opine
N no
A acceptable
V vaccine
I is
R ready
U until
S September

Author – Priscilla Dawson

L learning
E everything
A and
R remembering
N nothing
I. isn’t
N normal
G granny.

Author- Kath Williams

 

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Ideas to Keep Learning - 2

Ideas to Keep Learning - 2

Have you tried all the ideas we posted last week? Here’s some more of our members' ideas and advice on how to keep learning and stay active

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Ideas to Keep Learning - 3

Ideas to Keep Learning - 3

Thank you for all your ideas on how to keep learning, active and connected in these extraordinary times.  Here are some more fantastic ideas.

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Ideas to keep learning - 4 and How to Guides

Ideas to keep learning - 4 and How to Guides

Thank you to our members for continuing to share your great examples of staying in touch with each other – using digital and other ways to stay connected. 

National office has produced a set of How to Guides on how to use digital platforms like Zoom.  We also have links on how to Stay In Touch during these times and useful contacts for the latest advice on coronavirus.  You can also find those links at the bottom of this page.

Here are some more ideas on ways to keep in touch and keep learning:

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Ideas to Keep Learning - 5

Ideas to Keep Learning - 5

Continuing our series which shares great ideas and the latest ideas and suggestions to help you keep active, keep connected and keep learning.

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Ideas to Keep Learning - 6

Ideas to Keep Learning - 6

Continuing our series which shares great ideas and the latest ideas and suggestions to help you keep active, keep connected and keep learning.

 

Write and record your poetry

Express your creativity and share your thoughts with members through poetry. Video yourself reading your words and share with other members through social media platforms such as Youtube. 

World Book Night

World book night UK is going ahead on 23 April so you can join in the national celebration of reading. Download an audio book from your local library or dig out your old favourite from the bookshelf and share what you’re reading with fellow members online. 

Make your own cards

Friends and family will still have birthdays despite coronavirus and now, more than ever, they will appreciate a card from you, especially if it’s homemade. Use sequins, glitter or cut up pieces from magazines to make a collage.

Have a reading facetime

No doubt the younger members of your family have a long list of books they need to read for school. Why not do it together over facetime? Read to each other and share the thoughts on your books.

Take virtual tours of our historic buildings and landmarks

Many of the places you would like to visit, now it’s spring, are currently shut but you can still tour them virtually. Check out your local places of interest to see what’s on offer or browse some of the London landmarks for ideas. 

Garden virtual tours

Kew Gardens is just one example of gardens that are doing a virtual tour to allow visitors to see the beautiful changes in the 320-acre jewel without having to leave the safety of their own homes. Visit their website  https://www.kew.org/ and click Read and Watch, scroll down and click on a video of your choice.

Macramé

Want a change from knitting? Try your hand at its lesser-known cousin, macramé. You use knotting techniques on textiles to turn them into beautiful decorations or interior items, like plant-hangers, for instance. Share what you’ve made.

Learn First Aid

Health and safety is at the front of our minds at the moment and there are many courses online to teach you all the things you thought you didn’t have time to learn. Try the Red Cross website for useful information. 

Tai Chi

This 5 minutes a day online course is a great start to learning the tai chi movements gradually. 

A room with a view

People all over the world are sharing the view from their window as we all find ourselves cocooned indoors. Share these on facebook or via what’s app with your groups. 

King Lear Prizes

King Lear Prizes is a new national creative arts competition for over 70s stuck at home because of coronavirus. Find put abiu the categories and submit your entry here: www.kinglearprizes.org.uk

Plant a time capsule

Collate pictures, diaries and other objects made during this interim period and make a time capsule then plant it under a new tree on U3A Day.

 

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Ideas to Keep Learning - 7

Ideas to Keep Learning - 7

Continuing our series which shares great ideas and the latest ideas and suggestions to help you keep active, keep connected and keep learning.

Live Transmissions

The Royal Opera House has live transmissions at 7pm on Fridays on You Tube. You can also find more online opera on our resources library by searching for opera as a subject.

Sing along

Sing along with Gareth Malone's home choir at 5pm every day Monday to Friday hosted by Decca on You Tube.

Audio Book

Take advantage of the free audio books available via Audible. 

Picture of the Month

Vote for the Picture of the Month with the National Gallery. A chance to pause, reflect and appreciate the detail of one great painting. 

Online Cinema

The various cinema chains and independents are offering a variety of free on-line showings so it's worth looking at their individual websites to see what's on offer.

Genealogy

 If you’re interested in genealogy and family history research, you’ll be pleased to know that millions of digitised records held by the National Archives will be made freely available while Britain remains under lockdown . These will include wills, military and immigration records.

U3As

Wanstead & Woodford U3A has been including some light hearted, informative, and brain taxing activities in their weekly newsletter with the inclusion of several quizzes and they have generously circulated them to many of the London Region U3As. There have been 5 issues to date and we have included an edited montage of these here (with the answers to the quizzes separately). 

Barnet U3A Art Appreciation Group 2 is having zoom meetings at the normal time but every week as to fulfil the need for human contact and thought provoking chat. They are looking at exhibitions online and watching art programmes on the television and choosing a topic to discuss. Check out their website for more great ideas.

Bridge

There are several sites online bridge sites for members to play or practice online. They provide a link for a chat on bridge related matters and some have video links. An example of one of these is https://www.bridgebase.com/

Quizzes

Quiz lovers will be pleased to know that holding a quiz using Zoom is easy. You can set up what they call "breakout rooms" and the meeting organiser/quiz master can assign each team its own breakout room. The teams may then talk among themselves and the others will not be able to see or hear them. The quiz master can send messages/questions to everybody. At the end remove the rooms and all come together again for answers and marking.

 

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Ideas to Keep Learning – 8

Ideas to Keep Learning – 8

Continuing our series which shares great ideas and the latest ideas and suggestions to help you keep active, keep connected and keep learning.

U3A Wallasey - Things to Do 

Thank you to U3A Wallasey who have shared their Things to Do website page with us which is full of good ideas to keep learning and busy. Some of these are included in this edition of Ideas to Keep Learning.

Free Musicals

Free musicals and plays you can now stream during the coronavirus outbreak: http://www.filmedonstage.com/news/76-free-musicals-and-plays-you-can-now-stream-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak-updating-daily

BBC Bitesize

BBC bitesize courses: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize. Aimed at school children but any age can learn from these and develop their skills.

Love Lowry Colouring

Love Lowry Colouring - help yourself to some colouring-in sheets based on some of the most famous paintings by LS Lowry. We’d love to see how what you do with them! Sheets are available to download and print out here.

Whitwick & District U3A - continuing to learn

Whitwick & District U3A has also shared their suggestions for continuing to learn with us. Have a look at their website which is full of good ideas and a taster of these are below: 

Memories

Swannington Heritage Trust is encouraging people to spend 15 minutes a day recording their memories https://swannington-heritage.co.uk/home/swannington-history/15-minutes-a-day-memory-project/ People have all sorts of interesting memories - so write them down and give them to an appropriate history group.

Online Jukebox

A member from Whitwick has come up with the idea of an online jukebox, which goes something like this: Members take it in turn to choose a favourite record, which must be available on YouTube, and recommend it to those members taking part, with reasons why it is a favourite, and feed back comments online with an online vote.

Famous Garden Tours

This House Beautiful website gives 8 tours of famous gardens and there were more if you google virtual garden tours. https://www.housebeautiful.com/uk/garden/g31913008/best-virtual-tours-garden/ Send photos into your U3A of your gardens over the time of the lockdown as no doubt everyone will be working hard in them and they will be the best they have ever been.

Royal Academy

The Royal Academy is opening its doors in the online sense to the Picasso and Paper exhibition. Have a look online.

Pam Ayres

Pam Ayres has posted a fantastic performance about physical exercise on YouTube which you can view here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7b_GleX0EQ. Pam has a humorous take on keeping fit!

Bloomsbury

In response to COVID-19 and the migration to online classes, Bloomsbury is offering extended access to Drama Online for U3A. Created as a research tool for drama and literature students, professors, and teachers, Drama Online is home to playtexts, video, audio plans, and scholarly books to offer a multimedia experience of theatre. U3A members can access this for free until 15 June to watch recordings of National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare productions and also look at the scripts available. You can access Drama Online on our Learning Resources Centre

 

 

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Join in our Weekly Quiz

Join in our Weekly Quiz

Does your U3A already have a quiz interest group, or are you looking to put one together? Or do you just have some time and want to get involved?

Chris Wright, the Subject Adviser for quizzes has put together six weekly quizzes designed to challenge you and get you thinking.

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Join Our Creative Writing Competition

Join Our Creative Writing Competition

Are you a budding writer? A Jane Austen, JK Rowling, a John Steinbeck or a John Grisham in the making? If so, we are looking for you to enter our Third Age Trust, creative writing competition. 

Based on the successful Welsh competition, we are launching a UK-wide initiative to find the best short story penned by one of our members. The winning story will be published in Third Age Matters magazine, which reaches over a quarter of a million households. We will also commission at least one illustration to accompany it.

The winner will see their story in print and will receive a framed copy of their story as it appears in the magazine, with the bespoke illustration.

You may want to discuss your ideas in your interest groups via phone, email or virtual conference call (there is guidance on how to do this or this may inspire you to start up your own creative writing group. There is advice on how to do this from our creative writing Subject Adviser. Whatever you decide, we want your story! 

How it works

  • In summary, your story must be your own, individual, original work, in English, a maximum of 1500 words, and not submitted anywhere else.
  • Your submission must be on the theme of: TIME

  • Please read the Creative Writing Competition Rules carefully.  Any submission which does not meet these will not be considered.
  • All submissions will be judged by regional panels and the best story from each region/ devolved country will be compared to decide on an overall winner.
  • We will open the submission portal on 18th May, with a link on this page (all entries will need to be submitted via this to be accepted). The deadline for submission is 12 noon on 19th June 2020.  

Happy writing!

 

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Keeping in Touch

Keeping in Touch

We have been talking with U3As and many members across the U3A community about the creative ways older adults can use to stay healthy, active and connected with each other.  

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Learn how to Zoom

Learn how to Zoom

Thank you to our wonderful Trust Volunteers who have been delivering tutorials about how to use and access Zoom. 

An Introduction to Zoom tutorial lasts for 1 hour and helps members use this technology. 

The Introduction to Zoom session covers the following topics:

  • Joining THIS meeting
  • Challenges for people using different technology
  • Participating in a meeting 
  • Chat functions: Audio and Video
  • Speaker view / Gallery View
  • Setting up a meeting:  Using the Screen, Screen sharing, Breakout rooms
  • Questions and answers
  • Staying safe

Due to the popularity of these sessions and as AGMs and Committee meetings are starting to meet virtually, the team have created an advanced tutorial.

This covers the following topics:

  • Scheduling a meeting: preparation and setting up a meeting; managing time and breaks; sending out invitations and links; inviting participants; having practice runs with participants.
  • Leading a Meeting: preparation beforehand; screen sharing; sharing slides; breakout rooms; managing participants; giving attendees a waiting room; Gallery view; Mute Fuction; Raising the hand; polling; Co host options.
  • Questions and Answers

These tutorials have proved so popular we have now recruited four more volunteers who will be ready to join the team and start delivering tutorials to expand our capacity so watch out for more dates going up on the website.

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Living History in Unprecedented Times

Living History in Unprecedented Times

U3A members are being asked to help craft a shared learning project where they create living history of this extraordinary time.

This project is a living history of members’ experiences during the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.

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Made It! Make It!

Made It! Make It!

Have you been using your time during the lockdown to start a new creative arts and crafts hobby or to dedicate to an existing interest?  We are looking for your ideas, suggestions and pictures of what you have made while we are in this lockdown period.

We know there are thousands of you  in your interest groups continuing to be active during this time and producing some fantastic items. 

Thank you for your pictures so far - you can see them on the learning pages

If you are able to direct people to resources or sources of support so that others can have a go, either on their own, or with their interest group then please do so. We will publish as many of your pictures and ideas as possible.

Please make your submissions here to Made It! Make It!

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Maths Challenge - Week 1

Maths Challenge - Week 1

Please take part in our weekly maths challenge, with problems and puzzles posed by Gordon Burgin, Andrew Holt and the U3A Maths and Stats Subject Adviser - David Martin.

If you would like to share your ideas on how to solve these puzzles please join our learning forum or discuss within your U3A and interest group. Check back this time next week for the solutions and let us know how you get on by contacting National Office. New maths puzzles will go up onto the website every Thursday for the next six weeks.

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Maths Challenge - Week 2

Maths Challenge - Week 2

Welcome to week 2 of our weekly maths challenge, with problems and puzzles posed by Gordon Burgin, Andrew Holt and the U3A Maths and Stats Subject Adviser - David Martin. Thank you so much for joining in Week One - the solutions are at the bottom of this page.

If you would like to share your ideas on how to solve these puzzles please join our learning forum or discuss within your U3A and interest group. Check back each week for the solutions and let us know how you get on by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. New maths puzzles will go up onto the website every Thursday.

Questions Week 2

Question 1

If the cold tap alone would fill a bath in 20 minutes and the hot tap alone would fill a bath in 30 minutes, how many minutes would it take to fill the bath with both the cold and hot taps on?

Question 2

The six angles of two different triangles are listed in decreasing order. The list starts with 115, 85, 75 and 35. What is the last angle in the list?

Question 3

Eight pens cost £10 and some pence while eleven more cost £26 and some pence. What is the cost of a pen?

Question 4

An octahedron is drawn by connecting the centres of the faces of a cube. What is the ratio of the volume of the octahedron to that of the cube?

 

Solutions for Week One

Question 1 Solution

By the time the faster car starts the slower car will have travelled one hour at 40 m.p.h. and so will be 40 miles ahead. The faster car will catch up at a rate of 10 m.p.h. and hence will take 4 hours to catch up these 40 miles. The distance travelled at 50 m.p.h. during these 4 hours before overtaking will be 200 miles.

Question 2 Solution

Classifying by side length there are:
Sixteen unit squares: 9 shaded in grey/brown; plus 2 in each of the second, third, and fifth rows and 1 in the fourth in white
Seven 2 x 2 squares: 3 starting in second row, 1 starting in third row, 3 starting in fourth row
Three 3 x 3 squares: 1 starting in top row, 2 starting in third row
Two 4 x 4 squares: Both starting in second row.
One 5 x 5 square: Enclosing the diagram
So, 16 + 7 + 3 + 2 + 1 = 29 in all.

Question 3 Solution

If n is a number such that (n ‐1) is divisible (assuming from the question it is
not 1) by a prime p then (n ‐1) = mp for some m. Applying this to the four first
primes we get
n = 2.3.5.7.m + 1. The only such number below 300 is 211 (for which m = 1

Question 4 Solution

Let the length of the square sides be x and the height be h.
Then the 10 cm2 will cover a surface area of 2x2 + 4xh
So 10 = 2x2 + 4xh and h = (10 – 2x2)/4x = ½ (5 – x2)/x
Hence V = x2h = x2.1/2. (5 – x2)/x = ½. (5x – x3) *
dV/dx = ½ (5 – 3x2) and d2V/dx2 = -3x
So V has a maximum at x = √5/3 (note d2V/dx2 < 0 here)
And hence from * maximum volume is ½. (5 – 5/3)√(5/3) = ½ .10/3.√(5/3)
= 2.1517 cm3 to 4 dec. places

 

 

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Maths Challenge - Week 3

Maths Challenge - Week 3

Welcome to week 3 of our weekly maths challenge, with problems and puzzles posed by Gordon Burgin, Andrew Holt and the U3A Maths and Stats Subject Adviser - David Martin.  Solutions to Week 2 are at the bottom of the page

If you would like to share your ideas on how to solve these puzzles please join our learning forum or discuss within your U3A and interest group.

Check back each week for the solutions and let us know how you get on by contacting National Office. New maths puzzles will go up each week.

Week 3

Question 1.
In a batch of 8 correctly manufactured balls , a faulty, slightly lighter ball has
been accidently added. With a traditional style balance and no additional
weights how could the lighter ball be identified and what is the minimum
number of weighings needed?

Question 2.
In ‘Die Hard with a Vengeance’ Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson were called
upon to measure out exactly 4 gallons of water at a fountain to defuse a bomb.
They were to use just a 3 gallon container and a 5 gallon container. How would
you have solved this puzzle? Can you find a way of measuring out all amounts
from 1 gallon to 8 gallons?

Question 3.
Show that if p is a prime greater than 3 then p2 – 1 is divisible by 24

Question 4.
What is the probability of getting a one pair hand in poker?

Week Two - Solutions

Question 1.
If the cold tap alone would fill a bath in 20 minutes and the hot tap alone would fill a bath in 30 minutes, how many minutes would it take to fill the bath with both the cold and hot taps on?
Solution
The cold tap fills at the rate of 3 baths per hour while the hot tap fills at the rate of 2 baths per hour. The cold and hot taps together would fill at the rate of 3+2 = 5 baths per hour, hence the time to fill one bath with both taps on would be one fifth of an hour, that is 12 minutes.

Question 2.
The six angles of two different triangles are listed in decreasing order. The list starts with 115, 85, 75 and 35. What is the last angle in the list?
Solution
115 + 85 = 200; 115 + 75 = 190; so 85and 75 cannot be in a triangle with 115.
The remaining angle in the triangle with 85 and 75 is 20.
20 is less than (180 – 115 – 35) = 30, so 20° is the last angle in the list.

Question 3.
Eight pens cost £10 and some pence while eleven more cost £26 and some pence. What is the cost of a pen?
Solution
Let the cost of a pen be p pence.
8 x 125 = 1000, 8 x 138 = 1104; so p is at least 126 and no more than 137
19 x 137 = 2603; so p is at least 137
Hence p = 137 and cost of a pen is £1.37. 

Question 4.

An octahedron is drawn by connecting the centres of the faces of a cube. What is the ratio of the volume of the octahedron to that of the cube?
Solution

Suppose the cube side length equals 2a.
The octahedron is made up of an upper pyramid and a lower pyramid. The height h of each pyramid equals a. By Pythagoras the base of the pyramids is a square of side length √2a. So, the surface area B of the base equals 2a2.
Volume of octahedron
= volume of upper pyramid + volume of lower pyramid
= 2Bh/3
= 4a3/3
Volume of cube = 8a3
Ratio of volume of octahedron to volume of cube = (4a3/3)/8a3 = 1/6.

 

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Maths Challenge - Week 4

Maths Challenge - Week 4

Welcome to week 4 of our weekly maths challenge, with problems and puzzles posed by Gordon Burgin, Andrew Holt and the U3A Maths and Stats Subject Adviser - David Martin.

If you would like to share your ideas on how to solve these puzzles please join our learning forum or discuss within your U3A and interest group. The solutions to week two’s problems are below. Check back each week for the solutions - Week 3 solutions are at the bottom of the page - and let us know how you get on by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. New maths puzzles will go up onto the website every Thursday.

Week Four

Question 1

In the addition sum below, A, B, C & D represent different digits, and all the digits in the sum are different. What is the sum of A, B, C & D?

5A
BC
D43

Question 2

You cash your pay cheque and save half of it. With the rest you pay a debt of £20 and buy something for £5. After spending 1/5 of the remaining money you are left with £12. How much was your pay?

Question 3

What is the area of the shaded square formed within a 10cm square?


Question 4

I have a wooden right circular cone with height H and radius of base R. What is the greatest volume right circular cylinder I can cut out of this?

 Solutions to Week 3

Week Three

Question 1
In a batch of 8 correctly manufactured balls , a faulty, slightly lighter ball has
been accidently added. With a traditional style balance and no additional
weights how could the lighter ball be identified and what is the minimum
number of weighings needed?

Solution
First consider the simpler case of just 3 balls of which one is known to be
lighter. Place any 2 of these balls on the scales. Either this identifies the lighter
ball or they balance in which case the third ball is the lighter one. For nine
balls, first divide them into three sets of 3. Then proceed as above to establish
which set of three contains the lighter ball; and then repeat with this set of
balls to find the lighter ball. We need then just 2 weighings to identify the lighter ball.

Question 2
In ‘Die Hard with a Vengeance’ Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson were called
upon to measure out exactly 4 gallons of water at a fountain to defuse a bomb.
They were to use just a 3 gallon container and a 5 gallon container. How would
you have solved this puzzle? Can you find a way of measuring out all amounts
from 1 gallon to 8 gallons?
Solution
The answers are set out in terms of the contents of the 5 and 3 gallon
containers (in that order) at each stage of the operation with the final position in bold.
To get to 4:
(5, 0) (2, 3) (2, 0) (0,2) (5,2) (4, 3)
For other numbers:
1: (0 ,3) (3 , 0) (3, 3) (5, 1)
2: (5 ,0) (2, 3)
3: (0 , 3)
5: (5 , 0)
6: (0 , 3) (3 , 0) (3 , 3)
7. (5 ,0) (2, 3) (2 , 0) (0 ,2) (5, 2)
8. (5,3)

Question 3 
Show that if p is a prime greater than 3 then p2 – 1 is divisible by 24 

Solution
Primes greater than 3 have the form 6n ± 1. This is because 6n ± 2 is even and 6n + 3 is divisible by 3.
If p = 6n ± 1 then p2 – 1 = 36n2 ± 12n + 1 – 1
= 36n2 ± 12n
= 12n (3n ±1)
If n is even then 12n is divisible by 24.
If n is odd then 3n ± 1 is even and so 12(3n ± 1) is divisible by 24.

Question 4
What is the probability of getting a one pair hand in poker?

Solution

There are 52 C 5 = 52 x 51 x 50 x 49 x 48 possible hands
There are 13 values a card can take and 4C2 = 6 ways a pair can be formed from the 4 suits. So the number of pairs is 13 x 6
The remaining cards have to be distinct by value and there are 12C3 ways this can happen and each of these can come from the 4 different suits. So there are 12C3 x 43 ways this can occur.
So the probability of a one pair hand is (78 x 12C3 x 43)/52C5 = 1098420/2598960 ≈ 0.42268
This frequency is higher than one might intuitively expect.

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Maths Challenge - Week 5

Maths Challenge - Week 5

Welcome to week 5 of our weekly maths challenge, with problems and puzzles posed by Gordon Burgin, Andrew Holt and the U3A Maths and Stats Subject Adviser - David Martin.

If you would like to share your ideas on how to solve these puzzles please join our learning forum or discuss within your U3A and interest group. The solutions to week two’s problems are below. Check back each week for the solutions - Week 4 solutions are at the bottom of the page - and let us know how you get on by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

New maths puzzles will go up onto the website every Thursday.

Week Five

Question 1

Fiona leaves home at 8:30 am on Monday. She averages 60 mph from the time she leaves home until she stops for lunch at 12:00 am. She has travelled 3/5 of the way to her destination. After a 30-minute lunch break, she continues her journey at a slower average rate of 40 mph due to unfavourable weather conditions. What time does she reach her destination?

Question 2

How many triangles of any size are in the following diagrams?

Question 3

I have a box without a lid with dimensions 5 x 5 x 5. I place 125 cubes of
unit size in it. How many of these cubes have just one face touching the box?

Question 4
In the right angled triangle below AM bisects the angle at A and meets the side BC at M with BM = 1 cm and MC = 2 cms. What is the length of AM?

Solutions - Week 4

Question 1


In the addition sum below, A, B, C & D represent different digits, and all the digits in the sum are different. What is the sum of A, B, C & D?

Solution

D will be a carry-over from the sum (5 + B = D4), then D = 1.
Since the sum (A + C) cannot be (1 + 2), the only digits available that sum to 13 are 6 and 7 and then B = 14 – 5 – 1 (carry-over) = 8.
The sum of A, B, C & D is (6 + 8 + 7 + 1) = 22.

Question 2

You cash your pay cheque and save half of it. With the rest you pay a debt of £20 and buy something for £5. After spending 1/5 of the remaining money you are left with £12. How much was your pay?

Solution

Let x = pay
Then, pay = ½ (saving) + (debt) + (buy) + 1/5 (remainder) + (left)
x = 1/2x + 20 + 5 + 1/5 (x - 1/2x - 20 - 5) + 12
x = 1/2x + 20 + 5 + 1/5 (1/2x – 25) + 12
x - 1/2x + 1/5 (1/2x) = 25 – 5 +12,
10/10x - 5/10x - 1/10x = 32
4/10x = 32, then x = (32 * 10)/4 = 320 / 4 = £80

Question 3
What is the area of the shaded square formed within a 10cm square?

Solution

Area of the original four 5 cm x 5 cm squares =
10 cm x 10 cm = 100 cm2. By rearranging the 4 segments as shown, four squares at 100 cm2 turn into five squares at 100 cm2. Therefore, the shaded square area (one of the new five squares) is then = 100 / 5 = 20 cm2.

 Question 4

I have a wooden right circular cone with height H and radius of base R. What is the greatest volume right circular cylinder I can cut out of this? 

Solution
Suppose that the cut is made by removing a cone of height h then the radius of the remaining cylinder is (h/H)R with height H - h. The volume V of the remaining cylinder is therefore given by:
V = π[(h/H)R]2(H-h)
For a maximum or minimum
dV/dh = 0
ie π[(1/H)R]2(2Hh - 3h2) = 0
ie h = 2H/3 and since d2V/dh2 < 0 this is at a maximum
That is, for maximum volume the cylinder must be cut out of the bottom third of the cone giving a volume of:
π[(2/3)R]2H/3 = (4/27)πR2H

 

 

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Maths Challenge - Week 6

Maths Challenge - Week 6

Welcome to week 6 of our weekly maths challenge, with problems and puzzles posed by Gordon Burgin, Andrew Holt and the U3A Maths and Stats Subject Adviser - David Martin.

If you would like to share your ideas on how to solve these puzzles please join our learning forum or discuss within your U3A and interest group. The solutions to week five’s problems are at the bottom of the page. Check back each week for the solutions and let us know how you get on by contacting National Office. New maths puzzles will go up onto the website every Thursday.

Week 6

Question 1

Maura has to visit towns B & C in any order. The roads connecting these towns with her home (A) are shown on the diagram below. How many different routes can she take starting from A and returning to A, going through both B & C (but not more than once through each) and not travelling any road twice on the same trip?

Question 2

I am collecting tokens and already have 12 and collect another 4 each week. When I have 100 I will be able to exchange them for a free meal. When will I be able to do this? A friend has 40 tokens and collects 3 each week. Which of us will be the first to get their free meal?

 

Question 3

In the figure below AD = 4, AB = 3, and CD = 9. What is the area of triangle AEC? Note: As a reminder, the area of a triangle is ½ (base x height) and the diagram is not drawn to scale.

Question 4

a and b are positive real numbers with a > b which satisfy the equations
ab = 56/(a – b); a2 + b2 = 113/(a – b)
What is a + b?

Week Five Solutions

Question 1

Fiona leaves home at 8:30 am on Monday. She averages 60 mph from the time she leaves home until she stops for lunch at 12:00 am. She has travelled 3/5 of the way to her destination. After a 30-minute lunch break, she continues her journey at a slower average rate of 40 mph due to unfavourable weather conditions. What time does she reach her destination?

Solution

Miles travelled = 60 mph x 3.5 hrs. = 210 miles
1/5 distance travelled = 210 / 3 = 70 miles
2/5 distance remaining = 2 x 70 = 140 miles
Time for travelling remaining distance = 140 / 40 = 3.5 hours
Total time for driving & lunch = 3.5 + 0.5 + 3.5 = 7.5 hours
Arrival time = 7.5 hours after 8:30 am = 4 pm

 

Question 2

How many triangles of any size are in the following diagram?

Solution

 

The first three diagrams show pairs of shaded triangles and the fourth diagram shows a seventh triangle. The triangles exist in four additional positions (by rotating these diagrams) giving us 7 x 5 = 35 different triangles.

Question 3

I have a box without a lid with dimensions 5 x 5 x 5. I place 125 cubes of
unit size in it. How many of these cubes have just one face touching the box?


Solution

There are 25 cubes touching each side of the box. Of this 25 the 5 cubes at the
bottom and the two sets of 4 cubes which neighbour the adjoining vertical
sides of the box have two faces touching the box. That leaves 12 cubes which
have just one face touching the box. So there are 4 x 12 = 48 cubes along the
vertical walls which have only one interface with the box.
At the bottom of the box the interior cubes are 3 x 3 = 9 in number
So overall there are 48 + 9 = 57 cubes with exactly one face touching the box.


Question 4

In the right angled triangle below AM bisects the angle at A and meets the side BC at M with BM = 1 cm and MC = 2 cms. What is the length of AM?

Solution

Draw a line from M to meet AC at a right angle at K.
A B M C

As angles BAM and MAK are the same and ABM and MKA are right angles and AM is common to both triangles BAM and MAK, then those triangles are congruent.
Hence MK = BM = 1 so CK2 = CM2 – BM2 = 4 – 1 = 3 so CK = √3
AC2 = (AK + CK)2 = (AB + √3)2 = AB2 + 2√3AB + 3
AC2 = AB2 + BC2 = AB2+ 9
So 2√3AB = 6
AB = √3
AM2 = AB2 + BM2 = 3 + 1 so AM =2 cms.

 

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Maths Challenge - Week 7

Maths Challenge - Week 7

Welcome to week 7 of our weekly maths challenge, with problems and puzzles posed by Gordon Burgin, Andrew Holt and the U3A Maths and Stats Subject Adviser - David Martin.

If you would like to share your ideas on how to solve these puzzles please join our learning forum or discuss within your U3A and interest group.

The solutions to week six’s problems are at the bottom of the page. Check back each week for the solutions and let us know how you get on by contacting National Office. New maths puzzles will go up onto the website every Thursday.

Week Seven

Question 1

I am a two-digit prime number having no divisors other than one and myself. One less than me is a square number while half of one more than me is also a prime number. What am I? 

Question 2

Six years ago, Mikayla was 3 times as old as Tatum was. If Mikayla is now 24 years old, how old is Tatum?

Question 3

How many triangles of various sizes are in the figure?

Question 4

James has more than 250 toy soldiers. When he tries to put them in rows of 3 there are 2 left over. When he tries to put them in rows of 5 there are 2 left over. When he tries to put them in rows of 7 there are 2 left over. What is the least number of toy soldiers that James may have?


Week Six Solutions

Question 1

Maura has to visit towns B & C in any order. The roads connecting these towns with her home (A) are shown on the diagram below. How many different routes can she take starting from A and returning to A, going through both B & C (but not more than once through each) and not travelling any road twice on the same trip?

Solution
Clockwise: A to B to C (x2) and back to A (x2) = 4 routes,
Counter Clockwise: A to C (x2) to B (x2) and back to A = 4 routes.
Total different routes = 8.

Question 2

I am collecting tokens and already have 12 and collect another 4 each week. When I have 100 I will be able to exchange them for a free meal. When will I be able to do this? A friend has 40 tokens and collects 3 each week. Which of us will be the first to get their free meal?

Solution

After n weeks I will have
4n+12 tokens
For a free meal we require 4n+12 ≥100
Hence n ≥ 22 weeks
After n weeks my friend will have
3n+40 tokens
For a free meal we require 3n+40 ≥ 100
Hence n ≥ 20 weeks
So I will be a couple of weeks behind

Question 3
In the figure below AD = 4, AB = 3, and CD = 9. What is the area of triangle AEC? Note: As a reminder, the area of a triangle is ½ (base x height) and the diagram is not drawn to scale.

Solution

If we take AE as the base of triangle AEC, then the height is CD.
The height of triangle AEC is therefore equal to 9 (as given).
To find the base, note that triangles AEB and CDE are similar.
The ratio of AB (3) to CD (9) is 1:3 and is therefore equal to the ratio of AE to ED.
Now dividing AD (4) into this ratio gives us AE = 1 and ED = 3.
The area of triangle AEC would then be = ½ x base (AE) x height (CD) = ½ x 1 x 9 = 4.5.

Question 4
a and b are positive real numbers with a > b which satisfy the equations
ab = 56/(a – b); a2 + b2 = 113/(a – b)
What is a + b?
Solution
(a - b)2 = a2 - 2ab + b2 = (113 – 112)/(a – b) = 1/(a – b)
So (a – b)3 = 1, and hence a = b + 1
Substitute for a in ab = 56/(a – b) to get b(b + 1) = 56/1
Or b2 + b - 56 = 0
(b + 8)(b – 7) = 0
b = 7 (the only valid solution as b is stated to be positive).
Then a = 8, giving a + b = 15.

 

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Maths Challenge - Week 9

Maths Challenge - Week 9

Welcome to Week 9 of our weekly maths challenge, which is being hosted on our learning pages.

On the learning pages you can find the a new set of questions for week 9 and the answers to the week 8 challenge.

Each week the maths challennge provides  problems and puzzles posed by Gordon Burgin, Andrew Holt and the U3A Maths and Stats Subject Adviser - David Martin.

If you would like to share your ideas on how to solve these puzzles please join our learning forum or discuss within your U3A and interest group.

New maths puzzles will go up onto the website every Thursday.

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Maths Challenge – Week 8

Maths Challenge – Week 8

Welcome to Week 8 of our weekly maths challenge, with problems and puzzles posed by Gordon Burgin, Andrew Holt and the U3A Maths and Stats Subject Adviser - David Martin.

If you would like to share your ideas on how to solve these puzzles please join our learning forum or discuss within your U3A and interest group. The solutions to week seven’s problems are at the bottom of the page. Check back each week for the solutions and let us know how you get on by contacting National Office. New maths puzzles will go up onto the website every Thursday.

Week 8 

Question 1
The figure below shows a square inside a circle which in turn lies inside a square. The inner square meets the outer square at its midpoints. What fraction of the area of the outer square is the area of the inner square.

 

Question 2
The front wheel of a Penny Farthing bicycle has a diameter of 1.5m. This type of bicycle had no gears and had pedals attached to a large front wheel which was made as big as possible to increase speed. A cyclist pedals at 60 revolutions per minute. What speed will the cyclist be travelling at?

Question 3
111,111 is the product of 5 primes. What are they? 

Question 4
3² + 4² = 5²
10² + 11² + 12² = 13² + 14²
21² + 22² + 23² + 24² = 25² + 26² + 27²
What is the next equation in this sequence?

Week Seven Solutions

Question 1
I am a two-digit prime number having no divisors other than one and myself. One less than me is a square number while half of one more than me is also a prime number. What am I? 

Solution
The two-digit square numbers in range are 16, 25, 36, 49, 64 and 81 which are one less than 17, 26, 37, 50, 65 and 82 respectively. 17 and 37 are the only primes. One half of one more than 17 is 9 which is not a prime number while one half of one more than 37 is 19 which is a prime number. The number is therefore 37 whose reversed digits 73 also form a prime number. 

Question 2
Six years ago, Mikayla was 3 times as old as Tatum was. If Mikayla is now 24 years old, how old is Tatum?
Solution
Let Tatum’s age now be T years and Mikayla’s age now be M years.
Then (M - 6) = 3(T - 6) and M = 24
So 18 =3(T - 6)
6 = T – 6
T =12
Tatum is 12 years old.

Question 3
How many triangles of various sizes are in the figure?

Solution
Listing the number of triangles in increasing size
16 + 16 + 4 + 4 = 40 triangles
Question 4.
James has more than 250 toy soldiers. When he tries to put them in rows of 3 there are 2 left over. When he tries to put them in rows of 5 there are 2 left over. When he tries to put them in rows of 7 there are 2 left over. What is the least number of toy soldiers that James may have?
Solution
Let N be the number of soldiers he has.
Then N = 3x+2 = 5y +2 = 7z + 2 for some whole numbers x, y, z.
N - 2 = 3x = 5y = 7z. But 3 ,5, 7 do not have any factors in common, they are coprime, so N – 2 = n x 3 x 5 x 7 = 105n for some n
The first such number above 250 is when n=3 giving N - 2 = 105x3 = 315 i.e. N =317

 

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Members of Ilkley U3A help sew scrubs for GPs

Members of Ilkley U3A help sew scrubs for GPs

U3A members in Ikley have joined a local effort to help create new scrubs for NHS workers during the Covid-19 pandemic and were featured on BBC Newsnight this month.

People in Ilkley formed a sewing team – to help create scrubs for GPs who usually wear their own clothes but need extra protection in the current circumstances.

Ilkley and District U3A member Barbara Bullock joined the sewing team – which has a number of U3A members - after seeing a call-out for volunteers. 

Former Home Economics teacher, Barbara had already started making masks for people in the local area so making scrubs was a natural progression. 

Barbara who makes a set of scrubs a day, said, “I thought that is was something I could do and I had the time. It’s good to feel useful and that you’ve got something to do and some way you can help.

"I think a lot of the U3A members are really enjoying it. I’m enjoying it. It’s given us something to do, it’s given us a purpose and we feel as if we are helping”.

The sewing team has created 300 scrubs and are now providing scrubs and bags for care-workers.

Are you or members of your local U3A involved in making scrubs or masks? We’d love to hear about it. Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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Mindfulness Sessions - Week 4

Mindfulness Sessions - Week 4

Welcome to Week 4 of our Mindfulness Sessions with U3A Subject Adviser - Nancy Taylor.  Please listen to them on our Youtube Channel or by clicking here

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Mindfulness Week 2

Mindfulness Week 2

Please tune into Week 2 of our weekly U3A Mindfulness sessions run by our Subject Adviser Nancy Taylor Listen here on the U3A YouTube channel

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Mr Motivator Teams Up with U3A

Mr Motivator Teams Up with U3A

Mr Motivator has teamed up with U3A for a series of exercising videos.

The fitness personality, best known for his brightly-coloured outfits and enthusiastic work-outs, has created a six-day long programme for U3A members starting on Monday 20th April. 

Designed to be accessible to everyone, including those who may not have exercised in a while, the videos are intended to get members active and feeling positive. Mr Motivator said of the series, “I’m going to have a great time and I hope U3A members will too! It’s about feeling good - I’m looking forward to it".

The eight-minute long videos will each focus on a different muscle in the body meaning that the program will be a full-body work out. In order to make it accessible, you dont need specalist equipment to get involved – Mr Motivator encourages the use of everyday things that you might have around the house, like cushions or water bottles instead of weights.

Each video will be shared on the U3A Youtube channel at 10am between Monday and Saturday so that U3A members can feel that they part of a larger community of people exercising together.  Then you can use them every week.

We'd like all third agers out there to get involved and join us.  If you're not a member of U3A - you can find out more at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You can watch the videos at the U3A Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheU3a
Looking forward to you joining us every week.

 

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NatWest and U3A Talks and Lectures

NatWest and U3A Talks and Lectures

We are delighted to continue our new series of free learning sessions on a variety of topics in association with experts from NatWest.

We are running more Friends Against Scams Sessions on Wednesday 20 May at 10.30am - follow this link and book your place now.

You are also invited to take part in a live streamed lectures happening every Thursday at 2:30pm - the first one is on Investment Shams  this Thursday 21 May

Sessions will be delivered by NatWest staff with expertise in the topic. Any U3A member is welcome to join the lecture by Facebook (you do not need to have a facebook account just head to our U3A page for 2.30pm ) or to the NatWest Youtube channel - we will give you the link nearer the time. 

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NatWest Interactive Talks

NatWest Interactive Talks

We are delighted to offer a brand new series of free learning sessions on a variety of topics in association with experts from NatWest.

Friends Against Scams Sessions

Experts from NatWest, Royal Bank of Scotland and Ulster Bank will update you on the latest coronavirus scams and how to protect yourself from fraud. The sessions will be hosted by a Community Banker and are open to anyone who would like to know more about how to keep themselves safe from fraud and scams.

How the sessions will work

Sessions will be held by region, using video conferencing and we are asking you to register your interest by region. We will then send you the joining details for a session in your region. We are limited by the number of people who can join each one and so if the session is full up we will hold additional sessions in the following weeks to ensure that everybody is able to take part.

Please note your details will not be passed to NatWest at any time.

Sessions will take place at the following times:

12th May 10:30am – 11:30am for members of U3As in the following regions:

  • South East
  • South West
  • East Midlands
  • West Midlands
  • East of England
  • London 

Register your interest here for the 12th May sessions in the above regions: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/friends-against-scams-south-and-midlands-12th-may-registration-104321267720

13th May 10:30 - 11:30am for members of U3As in the following devolved countries and regions:

  • Scotland
  • Wales
  • Northern Ireland
  • North West
  • North East
  • Yorkshire and the Humber 

Register your interest here for the 13th May sessions in the above regions: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/friends-against-scams-north-and-devolved-countries-13th-may-registration-104451320712

A NatWest and U3A Lecture series

You are invited to take part in a series of live streamed lectures happening every Thursday at 2:30pm - the first one is on ROBOTICS.

Sessions will be delivered by NatWest staff with expertise in the topic. Any U3A member is welcome to join the lecture by Facebook or Youtube - more details on how to join in the sessions are coming soon.

In the meantime, put this date in your diary as the first lecture on ROBOTICS will be held on 14th May at 2:30pm.

 

 

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New Mindfulness Sessions

New Mindfulness Sessions

U3A members are invited to join our weekly mindfulness sessions hosted on our YouTube Channel and run by the mindfulness Subject Adviser, Nancy Taylor. 

Particularly in these uncertain times - mindfulness has become ever more popular amongst people of all ages, who want to connect with their situation and surroundings.

Jon Kabat Zinn - sometimes referred to as the Godfather of modern mindfulness defines mindfulness as: “The awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non judgmentally to the unfolding of experience moment by moment”.  

We invite you to listen and take part in a short mindfulness practice. These sessions will run every Friday for at least six weeks, with each lasting 6-8 minutes. We hope that you find this useful in the current situation. 

Please also take a look at the mindfulness Subject Advice page for further information and support to establish and run your own mindfulness interest groups.

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Our Creative U3A Members

Our Creative U3A Members

Bill Jeffries, a member of Bicester U3A, has been using our member only Keeping In Touch Facebook group as a way to share his photographic experiments.

Bill first posted photos of flowers against a black backdrop, demonstrating indoor photography, before trying to capture things in motion, such as an orange hitting a glass or lego being broken. The posts have inspired other U3A members to try photographic experiments.

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Our Volunteer Trustees

Our Volunteer Trustees

As part of supporting U3A member volunteers, we have released an online Trustee Induction presentation- part of our national training progamme.

Advice and Volunteer Manager, Jane Bailey said, "I have had the pleasure of meeting and speaking to many committee members and one of the common things I see is their absolute dedication to the success of their U3As. What is common throughout is the care, time and genuine concern our member volunteers expend to ensure that problems get resolved, that opportunities to learn are explored and that membership continues to thrive and benefit from the movement.

"At this time of year when new committee members are being sought and when others are stepping down after helping to run their U3As we are delighted to be able to launch an on-line Trustee Induction presentation.   Due to social distancing we have created a voiced-over presentation of Trustee Induction materials which you can go to and watch in your own time at home".

You can find Trustee Induction presentation here

We are trialling U3A zoom discussions for a week after the video presentations.  These will take place on Friday 12 June from 11am to 1pm. To join this please ensure you have watched the video first. To register please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you would like to become part of the wonderful U3A movement - you can find out more about joining here

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Remote Painting at Preseli U3A

Remote Painting at Preseli U3A

Preseli U3A in Wales has found ways of keeping their Painting for pleasure group active and connected.

The group, which has 18 members, usually meets on a fortnightly basis to socialise and draw/paint for ‘pleasure’ with monthly themes which members are invited to follow.  While face to face meetings are supended the group has continnued to interact through a Whatsapp group and a weekly Newsletter for those not on Whatsapp

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Setting up a New U3A Interest Group

Setting up a New U3A Interest Group

You might have thought that this period of social-distancing might have meant that no new U3A interest groups were starting up but that’s not true. Penicuik and District U3A in Scotland is a good example - their new Nature Appreciation group has gone ahead as planned.   Group coordinator Hugh Munro explains how they have included members who are both digitally connected and those who are not.

Hugh said, “Our Nature Appreciation group was set up for those U3A members who enjoy the outdoor life but prefer to walk at a more leisurely pace and enjoy the scenery, sounds and sights of nature. The plan was to have morning walks – not exceeding five kilometres - every other week, lasting up to 3 hours. Notes would be taken and a summary of findings produced in a “nature” report.

We couldn’t go ahead as planned with the first meeting in the current times. My wife and I went out to do some reconnoitring for future events. It’s amazing what you can experience if you walk slowly and quietly. I compiled a short report of our first outing and emailed it to our new group. As a result, five of the group have already emailed their routes and observations to others. We have two members not on email but I’m collating all reports into a compendium which can be printed off and posted, probably once a month.

Furthermore, there is no reason why people who might not be able or want to leave the house can’t do observations through their windows. It will be more limited in variety than walking about outdoors but could be aided by bird-feeders.

Compact cameras or binoculars can be helpful in finding and identifying birdlife. I think it’s really positive that we’re finding a way to keep our it going.

To read more on this and other inspiring U3A stories please go to our blog Sources Online

butterfly new interest group

Photo by Hugo Morris

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Supporting our Volunteers

Supporting our Volunteers

This week is National Volunteer Week 1– 7 June and while no one feels this is the time for celebrations, U3A wants to acknowledge the important role our volunteers have played during the current crisis and throughout the year. Members who step up and volunteer – whatever the role - help keep U3A the amazing and vibrant movement it is.

Advice and Volunteer Manager, Jane Bailey said, “Throughout the movement, members are contributing in a wide range of roles - everything from committee members and tutors to group convenors and venue organisers – giving up their time to share skills and knowledge and especially at this time, to stay connected with each other. 

“We value and appreciate everyone of our volunteers and thank you so much for your time, energy and commitment to U3A. 

“On Youtube you can see our dedicated film we made in 2019 to showcase our volunteers. In this time they have continued, despite restrictions on face to face contact, to find remote ways to keep learning and connected with each other.

“We will be posting other news and information about volunteering week here and are supporting and encouraging everyone to acknowledge their volunteers throughout the week.

“We will also be creating a new volunteer tab on the website for volunteering news and information so keep checking our website”.

#VolunteerWeek

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The Great U3A Birdwatch

The Great U3A Birdwatch

U3A members are being asked to help keep track of our garden birds. 

You are invited to join BirdTrack, a free online tool to record your own bird sightings and keep up to date with trends.

Provided by the British Trust for Ornithology, BirdTrack is for observers to manage their own personal records and contribute data to BTO science; supporting species conservation on local, regional, national and international scales.

This is a great opportunity – not only for members of existing U3A Birdwatching groups but for any nature enthusiast looking for a fun, outdoor project. Read more about the BTO BirdTrack Project

We would also love to hear about your sightings of different species or bird related garden activity and for you to share any photographs you have managed to take of your feathered visitors.

We will publish a selection of these sightings and photos on our website so please fill out our online form to record these also.

Mary Gibbons is our Birdwatching subject adviserfor the U3A movement, Mary has a lot of information on her Subject Adviser page to help with this and can help with any individual enquiries.

Look out for a feature interview with Mary and learn more about the garden birdwatch project in this month’s U3A Magazine – Third Age Matters – out next week.  See more on the magazine on TAM's new twitter account @MagU3a

 

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The U3A Quiz - Week 2

The U3A Quiz - Week 2

It's Week 2 of our Quiz with a new set of questions  TV Programmes Anagrams and the answers to last week's questions - Shoparound - which you can download here. 

Chris Wright, the Subject Adviser for quizzes has put together six weekly quizzes designed to challenge you and get you thinking.Each week we will post a new quiz from Chris, with the answers posted the following week. . You may want to form teams and play off against another team in your local U3A or you may just want to challenge yourself.

You can download more information, guidance and resources from the Subject Advice pages in case you've been inspired and want to organise your own quizzes.

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Trust U3A is launched

Trust U3A is launched

We've launched Trust U3A, a way to join our amazing U3A community online whilst face-to-face contact is limited.

If you join Trust U3A, you will become one of the U3A community and have access to many benefits including our learning resources. Virtual interest groups to join are developing all the time such as Armchair Travellers, Art Appreciation and Philosophy.

Trust U3A members will also be able to take part in National Learning Initiatives such as U3A Eye and Made It Make It, and have access to the newsletter, the Keeping In Touch Facebook group and other U3A member-only resources. 

When we come out of this unprecedented time you may wish to join your local U3A.

Find out more about Trust U3A by going to our website here or please email the secretary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Membership with Trust U3A runs from 1st April 2020 to 31st March 2021 and costs just £7.50. You can register to join here 

Also - why not follow the new Trust U3A on Twitter here, where we will be sharing updates on the latest news and information.

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U3A Advice Line Welcomes your Calls

U3A Advice Line Welcomes your Calls

The U3A National Advice line is open and as busy as ever. Even though we are working remotely in these unprecedented times, our front line staff and volunteers continue to respond to more than 2,000 calls a month. These include a wide range of issues from how to run a U3A at this time to more general concerns on keeping connected.

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U3A and NatWest Lectures

U3A and NatWest Lectures

We are delighted to continue our new series of free interactive lectures on a variety of topics in association with experts from NatWest.

This Thursday you are invited to Corporate archives: why do businesses invest in them and what benefits do they bring for the business, its customers and the wider community?

Ruth and Sally from NatWest’s Archives team will explain how and why corporations build and maintain archives, what you might find in them, and how they contribute to society at large

These U3A exclusive learning lectures are happening every Thursday at 2:30pm - a date for your diaries - Thursday 4 June you can listen to Impersonation Scams

Sessions will be delivered by NatWest staff with expertise in the topic. Any U3A member is welcome to join the lecture by Facebook - you do not need to have a facebook account just head to our U3A page for 2.30pm.  Or go to the NatWest Youtube channel - we will give you the unique link nearer the time.

 

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U3A Eye

U3A Eye

Calling on any U3A members who want to join in our new online photographic project.

U3A EYE is a project to celebrate our budding U3A photographers and encourage them to submit pictures of their surroundings during this unprecedented time.

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U3A Eye

U3A Eye

Thank you so much for taking the time to send your incredible photos into U3A Eye.  We had so many great pictures for the theme - Connect.  It was wonderful to see your many interpretations on the theme. You can see a selection of some of our favorites in our gallery here

Connect is now closed and the next theme is -   ‘A non-selfie – this is me’

Remember that no people must appear in the photo (including in reflection) so please keep being creative and upload pictures which illustrate something or many things about yourself.

We will be hosting a Zoom interest group discussion at 3pm on 28th May 2020 for anyone interested in hearing from the judges about what they think make an interesting photo. Further details, including how to sign up, will be available soon

Deadline for submissions for a non-selfie us 1pm Thursday 21st May

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U3A Eye - Connect

U3A Eye - Connect

U3A Eye has a new theme -  Connect. Our most recent theme, 3, has ended and the gallery of incredible photos submitted by members can be seen at https://www.u3a.org.uk/learning/u3a-eye

U3A Eye is not a competition but a challenge, encouraging U3A members to get involved in photographing creative responses to each theme.

Learning Manager, Alison May, who is overseeing the project, said, “We have had a fantastic selection of photos from hundreds of U3A members, which are creative, observant and have made me laugh out loud in some cases. I am only sorry that we can’t publish more of them.

‘I would encourage everyone to look around them and to see what they can photograph on the next theme of ‘connect’. These photos showcase the photographic and creative talents of the membership and I am very much looking forward to this fortnight’s submissions”.

'Connect' is open until Thursday 7th May when a new theme will be selected. Please send only one photo per entry.

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U3A Eye - Yellow Gallery

U3A Eye - Yellow Gallery

Calling on any U3A members who want to join in our new online photographic project.

U3A EYE is a project to celebrate our budding U3A photographers and encourage them to submit pictures of their surroundings during this unprecedented time.

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U3A Eye & Birdtrack

U3A Eye & Birdtrack

Members are embracing our two initiatives, U3A Eye and Birdtrack, with creative and fun photos being submitted to both.

U3A Eye is a photography challenge with a different theme each fortnight, encouraging U3A members to use their creativity. 

The current theme is ‘3’, inspiring this photo of two pigeons and a blackbird submitted by Mike from Aughton & Ormskirk U3A.

Like submissions for our last theme, Yellow, Mike’s photo demonstrates how the challenge is encouraging U3A members to look at the ‘everyday’ a bit differently.  Go to this page to submit your photos.

People who love Mike’s photo, but who aren’t keen photographers, might be interested in ‘BirdTrack.’ This scheme is provided by the British Trust of Ornithology and is a project in which participants take note of the species of birds they see in order to help BTO analyse migration movements and distributions of birds across Britain and Ireland. 

U3A members involved in this have already been sending incredible photos of the birds in their garden and we would love to see yours too. Read more about Birdtrack.

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U3A Members Scrub up to help combat Covid

U3A Members Scrub up to help combat Covid

Following on from our news feature about Ilkley U3A members making scrubs for key workers, more U3A members from across the country have got in touch to tell us about how they are also involved with local efforts to make PPE for the NHS.

As lots of U3A members are self-isolating, many are using the extra time to sew scrubs, scrub bags and masks.
Members of Flintshire U3A are making scrub bags, which make it easier to transport and wash scrubs with minimum contamination.

Several members of Chepstow U3A’s Handicraft members have made scrubs, tie-back hats and scrub bags from donated old pillowcases and fabrics. 

Meanwhile, the Made it! Make it! Page is full of members showing the scrubs, face masks, hair support and other equipment they’ve made for key workers.

It’s not only sewers who are helping either as members of all experiences and circumstances are finding ways to contribute. Some members, such as Sue from Culm Valley U3A, are fabric couriers, whilst others cut or dye the fabric.

Helensburgh & District U3A Member Anne is helping by cutting out the fabric which is then transported to the sewers.   Anne is a part of the local ‘Sew Grateful’ group on Rosneath Peninsula. She says, "I cut out the bags for the local group where I live. Today, I cut out nearly 70 bags from a sheet and two duvet covers, which are donated. I may be disabled and house-bound but I can contribute with help which is so satisfying".

Just another example of the contribution that U3A members are making every day to the communities around them even during this lockdown period.

 

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U3A Mindfulness Sessions - Week 6

U3A Mindfulness Sessions - Week 6

Welcome to Week 6 of our Mindfulness Sessions. U3A members are invited to join our weekly mindfulness sessions hosted on our Youtube Channel and run by our mindfulness Subject Adviser, Nancy Taylor.

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U3A NatWest Lecture Series

U3A NatWest Lecture Series

 

Please join us in a brand new series especially designed for us by NatWest of live streamed lectures happening every Thursday at 2:30pm - the first one this week is on ROBOTICS.

Sessions will be delivered by NatWest staff with expertise in the topic. Any U3A member is welcome to join the lecture which will be live streamed on our Facebook channel or on NatWest's Youtube - links on how to join Youtube will be published soon. 

You can watch the live stream Facebook even if you dont have a Facebook profile (or without logging in).  Follow us here

And dont worry if you miss the live stream on Thursday - we will host the lectures on our Youtube channel after the event.  More details to come.

Hope to see you there at the first lecture on ROBOTICS this Thursday -  14th May at 2:30pm.

Friends Against Scams

Meanwhile there's still time to sign up to our regional Friends Against Scams Sessions where experts from NatWest, Royal Bank of Scotland and Ulster Bank will update you on the latest coronavirus scams and how to protect yourself from fraud.

The sessions will be hosted by a Community Banker and are open to anyone who would like to know more about how to keep themselves safe from fraud and scams.

How the sessions will work:

Sessions will be held by region, using video conferencing and we are asking you to register your interest by region. We will then send you the joining details for a session in your region. We are limited by the number of people who can join each one and so if the session is full up we will hold additional sessions in the following weeks to ensure that everybody is able to take part.

Please note your details will not be passed to NatWest at any time.

We still have places for the following sessions:

13th May 10:30 - 11:30am for members of U3As in the following devolved countries and regions:
• Scotland
• Wales
• Northern Ireland
• North West
• North East
• Yorkshire and the Humber 

Register your interest here for the 13th May sessions in the above regions: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/friends-against-scams-north-and-devolved-countries-13th-may-registration-104451320712

Registrations close for the above session at 12pm tomorrow (12th May)

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U3A Quiz - Week 3

U3A Quiz - Week 3

It's Week 3 of our Quiz with a new set of questions - First Line of Song -  and the answers to last week's questions -  TV Programmes Anagrams.


Chris Wright, the Subject Adviser for quizzes has put together six weekly quizzes designed to challenge you and get you thinking.Each week we will post a new quiz from Chris, with the answers posted the following week. . You may want to form teams and play off against another team in your local U3A or you may just want to challenge yourself.
You can download more information, guidance and resources from the https://www.u3a.org.uk/learning/subjects in case you've been inspired and want to organise your own quizzes.

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U3A Quiz - Week 4

U3A Quiz - Week 4

It's Week 4 of our Quiz with a new set of questions - Sorry I haven't Got a Clue and the answers to last week's questions - First lines of Songs.

This week the questions from Madeley & District U3A, are inspired from a game on that wonderful radio programme “I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue”. You can see this week's quiz at the bottom of the Quiz section on the Learning Pages.

Chris Wright, the Subject Adviser for quizzes has put together six weekly quizzes designed to challenge you and get you thinking.Each week we will post a new quiz from Chris, with the answers posted the following week. . You may want to form teams and play off against another team in your local U3A or you may just want to challenge yourself.

You can download more information, guidance and resources from the Quiz Subject Advice page in case you've been inspired and want to organise your own quizzes.

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U3A Quiz - Week 6

U3A Quiz - Week 6

It's Week 6 of our Quiz with a new set of questions - Town Anagrams and the answers to last week's questions - Old Money. You can see these and all the quizzes on the Learning Pages.

Chris Wright, the Subject Adviser for quizzes has put together six weekly quizzes designed to challenge you and get you thinking. Each week we will post a new quiz from Chris, with the answers posted the following week. . You may want to form teams and play off against another team in your local U3A or you may just want to challenge yourself.

You can download more information, guidance and resources from the Quiz Subject Advice page in case you've been inspired and want to organise your own quizzes.

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U3A Quiz - Week 8

U3A Quiz - Week 8

It's Week 8 of our Quiz with a new set of questions - Find a Team and the answers to last week's questions - Quotations. You can see these and all the quizzes on the Learning Pages.

Chris Wright, the Subject Adviser for quizzes has put together weekly quizzes designed to challenge you and get you thinking. Each week we will post a new quiz from Chris, with the answers posted the following week.  You can see all the previous quizzes here

You may want to form teams and play off against another team in your local U3A or you may just want to challenge yourself.

You can download more information, guidance and resources from the Quiz Subject Advice page in case you've been inspired and want to organise your own quizzes.

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VE Day - 75th Anniversary

VE Day - 75th Anniversary

To mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day tomorrow (8th May) our Research Committee wanted to let you know about the Imperial War Museum releasing digital content to celebrate the event.

Archive film footage of VE Day is available on YouTube and on the morning of the 8th May, a Voices of War Soundscape will be made available. This is a curated compilation of interviews with people who remember VE Day.

Carole Chapman, Chair of the National Research Committee, said this of the resources, "The Imperial War Museum has always been very supportive of U3A. In the case of my own U3A - Portsdown in Portsmouth - we worked closely with IWM's First World War Centenary Partnership, especially as regards our research project on the Battle of Jutland. We also commemorated the centenary of the Battle of the Somme by showing the silent film, which was made available by the IWM".

The Imperial War Museum’s Voices Of War consists of separate compilations of audio clips from the time and will be available on the Imperial War Museums website from the morning of the 8th May. 

Find out more about how Imperial War Musuems are celebrating VE Day here.

Are you already part of a British History interest group or thinking of joining or starting one? There is information and advice on how to do this from the British History Subject Adviser

How are you looking at marking VE Day? We’d love to know how you are marking it in this time, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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VE Day - your stories

VE Day - your stories

Many of you have been sharing your stories of how you marked the 75th Anniversary of VE Day this month in inventive ways whilst socially distancing.

Bolsover District U3A produced a webpage dedicated to members experiences of VE Day 1945, and subsequent anniversary celebrations. It includes personal stories and photographs of street parties, medals and service men and women as well as sharing recipes that might have been eaten on the day. 

U3A member Helen opened the French doors and gave a short harpsichord recital for the neighbours.

Other members used art - Hazel from Norton Radstock U3A, painted a pastel of a poppy to put in her window in memory of her Father who served in the Far East for 4 years during WW2. 

Frances from Leigh Estuary U3A painted two pictures comparing the high street now to it in 1945.

Thank you - your stories are inspiring.  You can read more on Sources Online

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Weekly Quiz - Week 5

Weekly Quiz - Week 5

It's Week 5 of our Quiz with a new set of questions - Old Money and the answers to last week's questions - Sorry I haven't a Clue.   You can see these and all the quizzes on the Learning Pages.

Chris Wright, the Subject Adviser for quizzes has put together six weekly quizzes designed to challenge you and get you thinking.Each week we will post a new quiz from Chris, with the answers posted the following week. . You may want to form teams and play off against another team in your local U3A or you may just want to challenge yourself.
You can download more information, guidance and resources from the Quiz Subject Advice page in case you've been inspired and want to organise your own quizzes.

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What makes a good photo?

What makes a good photo?

Please join us in an exciting group interactive discussion about what makes a great photo.  With expert judges from the U3A Eye project, the discussion will be a chance to hear from the judging panel and discuss some of the chosen images.

A huge thank you to everyone who submitted photos on our last U3A Eye theme ‘a non selfie – this is me’. We had so many photos and it was a brilliantly thoughtful mix of the poignant, witty and creative. A gallery of the chosen images will go up in the next couple of days.

Please sign up for this unique opportunity to take part in this discussion. The session will be held on Zoom and if successful we will look to hold one for each of the themes.  The first discussion will take place on Thursday 28 May 2020 between 15:00 – 16:00.

If you would like to take part please book your place here.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/u3a-eye-what-makes-a-good-photograph-interactive-session-via-zoom-registration-105965553824

  

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Yoga Guidance and Advice

Yoga Guidance and Advice

Our Yoga Subject Adviser – Peter Burton and a fellow U3A member Fran Ritson, who is also a qualified yoga teacher, have put together comprehensive resources to support you with your practice during this time.

All ages and abilities can benefit from Yoga. Chair Yoga is an option where needed or preferred.

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Your Photos from the Great U3A Birdwatch

Your Photos from the Great U3A Birdwatch

More fantastic photos are coming in from U3A members who are helping keep track of our garden birds.

BirdTrack, a free online tool to record your own bird sightings and keep up to date with trends.
Provided by the British Trust for Ornithology, BirdTrack is for observers to manage their own personal records and contribute data to BTO science; supporting species conservation on local, regional, national and international scales.

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