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National u3a Newsletter – ☔️January 2021 ☔️

26 January, 2021

Welcome to the 40th edition of the u3a newsletter!  

The ☔️January 2021 ☔️ newsletter announces the first u3a Day which is taking place on Wednesday 2 June 2021, and highlights the next u3a radio podcast (episode 4).  There are also details on Subject Advice events for Chess and Bridge.  Other events taking place can be found on the events page.  Check the website regularly for up-to-date news, tutorials and events.


Thames Valley Network – Inspiring Photography

24 January, 2021
u3a TVN are holding another event entitled INSPIRING PHOTOGRAPHY, which is on February 9th, via Zoom 10.15am to 12.45pm.
Please note that this is NOT a repeat of the event which took place on the 20th January – it is entirely new.   This study morning looks at composition and techniques with the emphasis on wildlife photography.  The details are on the flyer and application form


Falcon Taxis – Free cabs for Covid Jabs for over 80’s

20 January, 2021


A local taxi company, Falcon Taxis, are kindly offering a free cab to get your Covid jab for the over 80’s.

Call them on 01296 247247 to arrange.


Covid Vaccinations Update & Patient Journey Guide (Buckinghamshire Council)

18 January, 2021

Getting a COVID-19 vaccine

Your GP will either call you or send a letter inviting you to your vaccination appointment.  Please do not call the GP or go to the vaccination site without an invitation.  

There are a number of different ways you could be vaccinated:

  • Local Vaccination Sites (run by Buckinghamshire GPs). GPs are also delivering the vaccine directly to care homes for their residents and staff.
  • Pharmacy Sites
  • National mass vaccination sites
  • Hospital sites for health and social care staff

All vaccination sites have parking on site or nearby. The public car parks will have a charge.

Local vaccination sites

In Buckinghamshire, all GP Led sites will be operating by 25 January and all residents over the age of 80 will be offered a vaccination appointment locally through their GP Practice by the end of January.  All GPs are involved in the rollout of the vaccination programme, through eight GP led sites across the county.  

Vaccinations are not delivered at GP surgeries but at the vaccination site they are linked to – the Aylesbury Covid-19 Vaccination Centre, at the Indoor Bowls Centre, Stoke Mandeville Stadium, is linked to the following GP surgeries:

  • Berryfields Medical Centre.
  • Edlesborough Surgery.
  • Haddenham Medical Centre.
  • Mandeville Surgery.
  • Meadowcroft Surgery.
  • Oakfield Surgery.
  • Poplar Grove Practice.
  • Westongrove PCN.

This YouTube video is useful so you know what to expect when you get to the Aylesbury Vaccination Centre, Stoke Mandeville.  

Keep updated on latest vaccination news on the Buckinghamshire Council website here.  There is also an easy read guide to the Covid Vaccination.

Latest news

18.1.2021: New priority group bookings to start on Tuesday 19 Jan

From Tuesday, 19 January, residents aged 75-79 will also begin to receive letters inviting them to book a vaccination at one of the mass vaccination sites. They will have the option of doing so at any of the live national vaccination sites, or at community pharmacies as they come on stream.

16.1.2021: New vaccination site at Odeon Cinema, Aylesbury

New pharmacy led vaccination site open w/c 18 January: If you receive a letter, you can now book via the national system.

Forthcoming u3a Thames Valley Network Events

17 January, 2021
  • QUIZ – Wednesday – 3rd February at 2pm on Zoom

    Following the TVN Christmas Quiz, many people expressed an interest in having more quizzes, so we are running another.  More information in the attached flyer – please note that there is no application form for this event.   Participants should simply send an email to the address on the flyer (note that this is a separate email address especially for Quiz events).   The closing date for applications is 30th January.

    Tuesday – 23rd February 10.30am on Zoom

    Clive Aronson will be giving a unique insight into the musicals we all know and love. The event will illustrate the music with clips, both visual and audio.  Full details can be found here.  If you are interested in attending then please complete and return the application form.  The closing date for applications is 15th February.

    All the above details and information on other TVN Study days can be found on the TVN website


Covid Vaccine – Local information and Scams

8 January, 2021

Westongrove Surgery have put together some FAQs about the covid-19 vaccine.  These will be updated regularly on the Westongrove Facebook page when more information becomes available to them.  The main points are:
📍 When will patients start being vaccinated?

Our COVID-19 vaccination programme will begin from w/c 18TH JANUARY 2021 (subject to receiving the vaccine).

📍 When are you expecting to receive your first vaccinations?

The first batch of 975 vaccines should be delivered between 13th-15th January 2021 but this has not yet been completely confirmed. We will be vaccinating NHS and care home staff with this first batch. This will allow us to test all of the systems at the vaccination centre and iron out any problems ahead of vaccinating the wider community. There is also a significant probability that the vaccines will not arrive on time and appointments will need rescheduling over the following days.
We are expecting a further delivery at some point during the week commencing 18th January. Once we have a confirmed date we can then start booking patients in for their vaccinations. We will have to do this quite close to the vaccination date to minimise the risk of having to reschedule hundreds of appointments should the vaccine delivery be delayed.

📍 Where will the vaccination centre be based?

The vaccination will be administered at the indoor bowls arena in Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Guttmann Road, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP21 9PP. There will be a team of Marshalls to help direct you when you arrive.


u3a Thames Valley Network Event – Inspiring Photography – 20th January

2 January, 2021
“Inspiring Photography”
This study morning aims to inspire you to improve the composition of your photographs. Whether you are using the camera on your phone or a top of the range Digital Single Lens Reflex, the talks will focus on recognising the best photos to take and how to capture them.  Full details are on the attached flyer.
If you are interested in joining the event please complete and return the application form.  Closing date for applications is January 11th.  The flyer and form are also on the TVN website 

National u3a New Year’s Day Newsletter Express

2 January, 2021

Westongrove Partnership-Covid Vaccine Information

1 January, 2021

From the Westongrove Practice for those wondering about vaccines

“Over the last few weeks we have been working tirelessly with our neighbouring practices to set up a Covid vaccination centre in Aylesbury using the Pfizer Covid vaccine. The logistics around this have proved to be very complicated and we are still awaiting information about when the vaccine will be delivered before we can start inviting people for the vaccination.

The news of the Oxford Astra-Zeneca Covid vaccine being approved earlier this week has given us all a much needed boost heading into 2021. The fact that this vaccine is much easier to store should allow us to run our local Covid vaccination program more along the lines of our annual flu clinics. We are currently awaiting more information about how the vaccine has to be administered and when we might receive this vaccine. Once we have that information we will be leaving no stone unturned in getting everyone vaccinated as quickly as the supply of vaccine allows.


National u3a Newsletter – 🎅December 2020🎅

23 December, 2020

The u3a 🎅 December 2020 newsletter 🎅 features the u3a podcast team that have created a special festive episode which will be available to listen to from 25 December.  This is in addition to the regular December episode which you can hear on the YouTube Channel.

The monthly art challenge, Paint or Draw, are encouraging people to submit photos of their artwork. The current theme is ‘lights.’

You can also see a selection of some of the wonderful artwork submitted on last months’ theme, ‘plants’ on the Paint or Draw page on our website.

Check the website regularly for the latest news, tutorials and events.  There are a number of online learning events, to get involved in, including a ‘Burns Night’ Cookery Demonstration and talks from the British Library and The National Trust. See these and more on the events page.

Ongoing initiatives are continuing so have a look at our learning pages to see everything that you can get involved in.

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.