Here you will see the notices which are normally posted on the Notice Board at the Monthly Meetings.
Anna will update the notice board as soon as notices are available.
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.
In line with the government communications strategy, the Third Age Trust will be putting out regular bulletins on our website and regular mailings to U3A committees.
We continue to follow the government and NHS advice on coronavirus. As of 16th March, that advice has changed.
The advice is that from now on everyone should stop non-essential contact with others and adopt social distancing. People in ‘at risk groups’ are to be shielded from social contact for 12 weeks. People who should take particular care to minimise social contact are, among others, people over the age of 70.
Many U3As have asked us whether to postpone their monthly meetings and Interest Groups. Our advice is to follow the government guidance which is now asking the population to avoid unnecessary contact. The Trust has taken the step of postponing its large events and meetings.
U3A committees and individual members are coming up with really creative ways to keep in touch with each other and stay connected. We will be sharing all these ideas, and will continue to do so, in the coming days and weeks.
We intend to issue regular bulletins – so please keep checking the website. We will put out regular mailings to committees. We will also keep in touch through the national newsletter and newsletter express, where appropriate.
We would encourage all your U3A colleagues and members to sign up directly to the national newsletter. The national newsletter will allow us to disseminate advice and information quickly to all U3A members.
U3A is an amazing community and we want to encourage members to share their creativity and ideas with us to help support each other over the coming months, and in particular those who will be facing increased isolation and loneliness."
The latest U3A National Office Update Newsletters can be found HERE.
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KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON
The PM has given orders for everyone to limit physical contact by self-isolation, but we feel that Social Contact is the very ethos of our U3A and is essential.
It is a shame that we have to shut down all activity and I am sure the group co-ordinators will have plenty of ideas about keeping in touch. This is even more necessary for those without access to the internet. If you know of a member who cannot keep up to date because of this, I'm sure you will do your best keep in contact with them.
Remember, there is always the telephone. Do not visit friends and neighbours unless you absolutely have to.
Our generation is used to hand-washing and gargling with salt solution.
Keep smiling and be happy.
We hope common sense will prevail rather than panic.
With best wishes
The Chairman's Piece
The world being as it is at the moment, we cannot only think of our Chinnor U3A and how we can improve our lot. We are obliged to accommodate this invisible and hard to fathom virus which is changing our way of living.
A very small number of our members remember the hardships of World War II, when family and neighbours were united against a common enemy. Now we are fighting an unseen enemy, fumbling in the dark as there are no fixed parameters. Most days we are given new dictates from above so now we have to avoid one another as we would an oncoming vehicle. To begin with we were streaks ahead of the game
– copious hand washing was all that was needed to stay out of danger, and we are good at that – but now staying calm and cheerful seems to be the best way to carry on and Chinnor U3A is good at that too.
The possible illness and shopping for necessities aside, it’s the enforced isolation which goes against our instincts and the very ethos of the U3A. Whilst we cannot socialise as we used to do in our interest groups, at coffee mornings and monthly meetings we need to be creative and think of new ways of keeping in touch and communicating. Even the committee misses being able to meet up once a month! We will have to embrace the technology we have at home.
Read more: The Chairman's Piece
WINTER PROGRAMME 2020
Meetings will be held in the Scout Hut, Station Road, Chinnor, from 10.00 am to 12 noon ( tea or coffee first) - TO BE CONFIRMED
SUMMER VISITS 2019
October saw the last visit of the Summer Programme, with a coach trip to RHS Wisley. All the recent rain meant that everything was still green and apart from a few Acers, not many of the trees were changing colour. However, the flower beds and herbaceous borders still contained an amazing array of colours. The weather on that particular day was in our favour, and the rain held off. There was an event going on called 'Taste of Autumn', with lots of stalls selling a huge selection of produce, the most popular of which was homemade fudge. The new visitor centre and extended plant centre proved to be very popular, and as usual, many of us made our way back to the coach clutching our purchases. An excellent day out, as always!
Rycote Park and Chapel - near Thame, Oxon.
Our September visit to Rycote Park, just outside Thame, was a revelation to many of us. We were welcomed by Mrs Sarah Taylor, the owner of Rycote, and taken to the 'Barn' for coffee and cake, and an introductory talk on the history of Rycote. We were then given a guided tour of the grounds, garden and Rycote Chapel itself. An ancient Yew Tree stood in the ground with a girth of 26 feet and said to be at least 1500 years old. The rose garden was a picture, while the walled garden was full of flowers, vegetables, soft fruit cages and of course the obligatory pumpkins. The glass house contained a mixture of exotic plants and a huge Brugmansia (Angel's Trumpts) against the far wall. Altogether a really enjoyable visit.
Read more: Gardening Group
Chinnor and District U3A Outings, Events & Holidays 2020
Outings coordinated by Peter Hetherington with input from the Steering Group.
Information Sheets available at Monthly Meetings approx. 3 months in advance.
The Outings and Event that are postponed are :-
Wednesday 26 August Chinnor U3A Quiz.
Thursday 3 September Compton Verney House.
The Art Collection we wished to see has been postponed until 2021.
Sunday 27 Sept – 2 Oct MOTTS holiday in Northumberland.
A proposed postponement of this holiday to May 2021 has also been cancelled. Refunds have been made to all participants.
We will consider options for a holiday closer to home in the New Year.
Tuesday 13 October Brooklands Aviation Museum. CANCELLED!
The following Outings and Event are still planned to go ahead :-
Thursday 12 November Bury St Edmonds, Guided Historical Tours.
Guided Historical Tours. Subject to an announcement by their Tourist Office at end of August.
Monday 7 December Chinnor U3A Christmas Lunch at Thame Lambert Hotel, Aston Rowant.
Restricted numbers as directed by Central Government and Social Distancing.
The Outings team will discuss during the Autumn Outings, Holidays, and Events programme for 2021.
Thank you for your support and patience in these difficult times.
OUTINGS WILL BE ADVERTISED ABOUT 3 MONTHS IN ADVANCE AT THE MONTHLY MEETING.
Other Holidays and Outings are organised separately by some of our Interest Groups.
To submit details of Holidays & Outings please contact the Holidays and Outings Secretary Peter Hetherington or use the Contact Form
Welcome to our website
The website of the Chinnor and District U3A. A place to find information about the 30+ groups which make up our U3A and to explore the fields of interest they pursue. Please scroll down the page to see the most recent happenings.
We are a constantly evolving U3A and new groups are always on the horizon.
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