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u3a TVN Geology of the Thames Valley – Wednesday 18th and 25th November via Zoom

23 October, 2020

u3a Thames Valley Network are running a 2-part Study day entitled “Geology of the Thames Valley and why we don’t have volcanoes“. A virtual 2 day meeting using Zoom with Dr Jill Eyers.  Dr Eyers studied geology achieving her doctorate in 1992. Since that time, she has lectured for several universities including Reading, Oxford and the Open University.  

Full details can be found on this flyer and if you would like to attend, please complete and return the application form as per the instructions on the form.



More Zoom tutorials

5 October, 2020

The popular U3A series of Zoom tutorials is continuing this week with a new set of dates. There has been great feedback from U3A members who have found them a really useful way to connect in these times.  

There are various different tutorials – from those for members who have never used Zoom before to those who want to use it to run groups and meetings.  Click here for all the dates.

2021 Diaries – last chance to order!

4 October, 2020

2021 DIARIES – ORDER By 10th OCTOBER    

In case you missed the item in the recent Newsletter this is to remind you that there is still time to order your U3A diary for next year.   With a dark blue cover and the usual week to view and notes page the diaries cost £3 each.  This year supplies are limited (we have to order in packs of 5) so please order before 10thOctober at the latest. read more …

u3a TVN Portraits of Elizabeth – Wednesday 11th November at 2.30pm via Zoom

4 October, 2020


A talk on the Portraits of Elizabeth I will be given by Professor Susan Doran of Jesus College, Oxford.  Please find attached the flyer and application form for this Thames Valley Network event which will take place, via Zoom, on Wednesday 11th November, at 2.30 p.m.  Closing date for applications is Tuesday 3rd November. 

This photo by Unknown Author is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND


u3a Radio podcast launches!

3 October, 2020

The first ever u3a Radio officially launched on 29th September.  

The national office learning team have been working with member volunteers who are skilled in broadcasting and you can keep listening to u3a Radio wherever you are as it is delivered as a recorded podcast.

Subscribe to the u3a YouTube Channel now.  Ela Watts is photographed here producing content for u3a Radio.  


National u3a Newsletter – September 2020 🍃

3 October, 2020

The 🍃 September 2020 🍃 newsletter has many great stories about U3A interest groups as we all find our way through the journey of meeting again, whether through social distancing or on line through virtual meetings. The u3a website now has a new look, so check the website regularly for the latest news, tutorials and events.  

For previous editions of the national newsletter, see the newsletter archive.  Did you know that you can sign up to receive the national u3a monthly newsletter direct to your email inbox?  If you wish to do this, please complete the form on the U3A website here.

U3A TVN Understanding Architecture Study day -Thursday 24th and Friday 25th September 10.30am via Zoom

19 September, 2020

There are still a few places left at the ‘Understanding Architecture’ study day planned for next week by the Thames Valley U3A Network.

The aim of these days is to inform members how to “read” buildings, to understand what we are seeing and what it symbolises, also to provide a brief history of architectural progress from the 18th century to modern times. Please find attached an introduction letter from the Architecture day organiser, Margaret Sherrington (, as well as information on the study day and an application form.   You can find more information on U3A TVN forthcoming events on their website

U3A Creative-covid-collaboration

8 September, 2020

Collaborate, collaborate, collaborate!

The U3A wants to produce a national collage to celebrate the ways in which people have been using their craft activities to continue to connect, learn and support each other during lockdown. This is an opportunity for you and your U3A to be a part of a UK-wide collaboration showcasing the best of the U3A movement.  

This may be in your current interest group or across interest groups and you may want to meet virtually to discuss your plans. The closing date is 30th November.  Full details and instructions here

PICK UP A UKULELE!! – A Thames Valley Network Zoom Event

7 September, 2020
The TVN Ukulele Day last October was an event full of music, fun, and the sheer joy of playing.  TVN are now organising another Ukulele event, via ZOOM!  This one is for:
  • Those who own a ukulele but do not yet know how to play
  • People who are keen to start, but have not chosen an instrument yet
  • Experienced ukulele players who wish to set up a U3A group
The event will be led by George Bonner, from Faringdon U3A, who is an experienced ukulele teacher.   It will take place on Thursday, October 1st, at 10:30 a.m., and it is FREE!!
Please see the attached flyer and application form for the programme, and further details.  The closing date for applications is Thursday, 24th September.

How has the Covid-19 pandemic affected you? House of Lords Covid-19 Inquiry

7 September, 2020

The Third Age Trust and U3A movement has been given an opportunity to respond to a House of Lords Inquiry.  

U3A Movement’s CEO Sam Mauger said, “Many of you have contacted us about Covid and how it has impacted upon you. The Trust can respond to the Inquiry with the points that you feel should be included.”

The button below contains a link to the five questions that they are gathering information about. Please could you respond to the questions by 15 September.