National office invited members to send in diaries of life during the pandemic. They have now produced a book based on the Diary Project, created using contributions during lockdown from U3A members all over the country. It chronicles our reactions to coronavirus and isolation, as well as how to get a supermarket delivery, how to cut your own hair and what to do with all that free time. Some people sent drawings, photographs and poems, which have been included.
The book is A4, 120 pages, colour printed and costs £10 including postage.
If you would like to order a copy, please go to the national website https://www.u3a.org.uk/advice/shop Stocks are limited.
The latest edition of “the northern line”, the magazine of our u3a group has just been published and is available for download from the link below
We are pleased to advertise new groups, to operate on Zoom, provided there are enough members interested:
Asha Phillips, a teacher, has offered to lead a group: Research has validated the many benefits of mindfulness. It has been shown to improve well being, physical and mental health.
It can reduce pain, anxiety and stress and enable us to live more fully in the present moment, in body and in mind. Many of our worries come from ruminating about the past or being concerned about the future. Being in the here and now can feel liberating and build up our sense of resilience, compassion and gratitude.
This would be self taught, but a lot of help would be available from the national subject experts for a group to research their family histories.
Life, Art and Politics
We have two successful groups on this, but both are sadly full up. There is demand for a third, if we can find someone prepared to co-ordinate discussions.
If you are interested in joining one or more of these groups, please email Henrietta Cohen on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The committee have been discussing succession planning and we need to start planning for replacements when current members move on. We would love to hear from anyone who is interested in helping to run the organisation in challenging times. There is room to co-opt a few members onto the committee, or you could work in a team with the existing committee member responsible for an area. We would particularly welcome volunteers with financial or IT skills, or with experience of or interest in areas of administration like minute taking.
If you would like to learn more, please contact Edmond Cohen on email@example.com.
The Third Age Trust are sponsoring a programme of activities for the winter.
– National poetry competition
– Free talks on a variety of subjects .
– Sending in pictures of winter scenes and of decorations or items made for Christmas.
– Poetry reading of poems written by members.
– Monthly art challenges.
– Group carol singing.
…and many more.
Fuller details can be found by clicking here for the flyer.
The initiatives will be continuously updated during the winter and will be released on a stagger to keep up interest and participation over the winter. All initiatives are available at: https://www.u3a.org.uk/learning/national-programmes. Events which require members to book are at: https://www.u3a.org.uk/events/educational-events.
To see the latest offerings you will need to check these websites regularly
London Region are putting on a programme of three winter talks in November and a quiz in December. The talks will cover the fate of the universe, how food can save the world and the art and architecture of the silk roads.
For full details click here to see the flyer.
Each event has a link to its own registration form, so click on the link specific to the event(s) you wish to attend. You should automatically receive a confirmation email.
The Zoom meeting link for each session will be sent to you 2 days before the event – please don’t leave it to the last minute as you may miss out.
ARE YOU FEELING ISOLATED OR ALONE?
I have volunteered to be on the end of the phone for North London U3A members, whether for just a ‘good morning’ text or for a friendly chat.
Please feel free to call on my mobile or text anytime between 9am and 7pm to keep in touch. I cannot give health or specific advice but I can lend a friendly ear during this very difficult time.
Look forward to hearing from you.
Michelle 07941 756469
London Age UK have launched a campaign to save travel concessions for older Londoners. Thousands of older Londoners’ have raised their voices to call for vital travel concessions to be protected. Thanks to them travel concessions have been saved until March but the danger of future cuts has not gone away. Click to see details of the campaign and how to join in,
Check out Events – Monthly Meetings to find details of the online monthly meeting on 7th December, and to see what’s coming up in the New Year.