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WTu3a Newsletter – April 2021

Updated – Thames Valley Network u3a events

4 May, 2021

Details have been now been published for the following events on the Thames Valley Network calendar:

Friday 14th May at 10.30 on Zoom – The History of Gardening – part 1

Dr David Marsh is the speaker for this 4-lecture event.  The first two lectures today will look at when and how the interest in gardening began and where the plants in our gardens came from originally.  The remaining two lectures will follow next week in Part 2 (separate flyer).   

The cost for this talk is £1 per device.  Full details of the event can be found on this flyer.  The closing date for applications is Monday, 10th May.

NEW – Tuesday 18th May 10.30 a.m. on Zoom – Gershwin and his music

Full details of the event can be found on this flyer.  The fee for the event is £2.00 per device. The closing date for applications is Thursday, 11th May 2021.

Friday 21st May at 10.30 on Zoom – The History of Gardening – part 2

The two final lectures look at the growth of interest amongst the 19th century middle class, how technology changed the face of our gardens and how the mass media has changed gardening in the 20th century.  

The cost for this talk is £1 per device.  Full details of the event can be found on this flyer.  The closing date for applications is Monday, 17th May.

NEW – Friday 4th June at 10.30 on Zoom – The British Prime Minister, a President in all but name

This presentation by Mark Lovett, will concentrate on the 20th / 21st Centuries:- how the role evolved, how the personalities involved created new precedents for others to follow.

This talk is free of charge.  Full details of the event can be found on this flyer.  The closing date for applications is Monday, 31st May.

The easiest and best option is to book electronically by clicking on the ‘TICKETSOURCE’ icon immediately below the event on the TVN website

You will receive an acknowledgement immediately and the Zoom link a few days before the event.

If you have booked an event and do not get the link 2 days before the event, please message TicketSource to advise.  DO NOT LEAVE IT UNTIL THE DAY OF THE EVENT AS YOU WILL NOT GET A REPLY.

The full list of events currently available to book are shown below:


UK Garden Day – Sunday 9th May

29 April, 2021



Gaynor Edwards, the Flower Arranging Group Leader, thought that not just her group, but other  WTu3a members may be interested to know that Sunday 9th May is UK Garden Day

Garden Day is all about celebrating your own garden. Go to their website for ideas on how to celebrate.



u3a TVN’s recent talk and demo on ‘Saying it with Flowers’ was given by the National Chairman of NAFAS Katherine Kear, and you can now watch the NAFAS Virtual National Show 2021 Competition results on YouTube.  

National Gardening Week,  is taking place from Monday 26 April to Sunday, 2 May 2021.  The RHS annual celebration of gardening aims to raise awareness of gardening and horticulture, and to encourage more people to take part in the healthy and productive outdoor activity of gardening.

National u3a Newsletter – 🌷April 2021🌷

27 April, 2021

The 🌷April 2021🌷 newsletter includes:

Creative Writing Competition 2021 – the theme this year is ‘Unexpected’. 

u3a Click and Save – Coming soon!  u3a Members expressed an interest in having a discount scheme, so we’ve partnered with member benefits specialists, Parliament Hill Ltd, to provide members with your own discount scheme.


Extreme – Zipp e-Scooter taster – 24th May 2021

26 April, 2021

It’s been a while, so let’s do something out of the ordinary by cautiously stepping out of hibernation with e-scooters!
Zipp Mobility have offered us free taster sessions on their e-scooters at the Rugby Club with sessions at 09:30; 10:15 and 11:00 on Monday 24 May! It is a bit tricky while we don’t know quite what the prevailing restrictions will be, so we are limited to 24 Zippers (providing current restrictions are lifted).

All the details can be found in the attached flyer here.  

The postponed Velodrome event

The team there are still dusting themselves off, but eager to welcome us soon! Date to be confirmed (probably June) – and we do have one space available.

u3a Ageism Webinars and latest u3a Radio Podcast now available

18 April, 2021

Push Back Ageism Webinars

As part of u3as work on Pushing Back Ageism they have partnered with researchers from the EuroAgeism consortium. They are researching topics on ageism as it relates to the media, health and technology.  The researchers have asked for input, guidance and feedback from u3a members as part of this series of research projects on ageism.  We really value your help and support with this important work.

See the dates for the events below and book your place now. You have to register individually for each event, and you will receive a link 2 days before the event.

Ageism in the Media – 26 April, 1pm-4pm

Ageism and Technology – 12 May, 1pm-4pm

Ageism in Healthcare – 25 May, 1pm-4pm

u3a Radio Podcast out now

In this episode, the team discuss u3a day with organiser Sue Stokes, talk to a u3a member who has taken part in debates in the House of Lords, and discuss Zoom interest groups with Farnham u3a, amongst other stories from across the u3a movement.

The episode will be available to watch on our YouTube channel. Subscribe to our channel and click the bell to be notified when the video is posted. You can watch all previous episodes on our playlist.

Do you have a story you would like to share with the u3a radio team? Get in touch.

Wtu3a Newsletter – March 2021

22 March, 2021

The March Newsletter is now available to read here.

Our next meeting will be on Zoom on Thursday 25th March.  We have an earlier start time of 2.15pm as prior to the talk there is a Special General Meeting.  The talk entitled Tales of a Dairy Farmer’s Wife will be given by Jane Barnes, whose amusing stories, real life anecdotes and tales should make for great listening.

Click the link here to see details of Speakers planned for our General Meetings via Zoom from March to June 2021.

National u3a Newsletter Express – 5 March

7 March, 2021

WTu3a Newsletter – February 2021

23 February, 2021


The February 2021 newsletter is now available to read here.

Our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday 25th February at 2.30pm with the presentation given by Barabara Meyer (see entitled “Big Cats around the Globe” . 

Click the link here to see details of Speakers planned for our General Meetings via Zoom from March to June 2021

Action Fraud – Covid Vaccination Scam

1 February, 2021

Action Fraud is raising awareness of another coronavirus vaccine scam, after it received a high volume of reports relating to a phishing email on Monday 25 January.  The email, which attempts to trick people into handing over their bank details, was reported more than 1,000 times in 24 hours.

It appears to come from the NHS and asks the recipient to click on a link to accept or decline an invitation to receive the coronavirus vaccine.  If they click accept, they are asked to input personal information and their bank card details. Remember: anything purporting to be from the NHS asking you to pay for the vaccine, or provide your bank account or card details, is a scam.

The national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime has previously warned about coronavirus vaccine scams, with many people reporting receiving fake text messages purporting to be from the NHS.  read more …