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National u3a Newsletter – December 2023

24 December, 2023

The u3a National newsletter for ☃️December ☃️ is available HERE.  As usual there is plenty to read, take part in and enjoy. Including:

Don’t forget to enter the u3a national poetry competition, with th theme for this year: ‘What If’.

The competition opened on Wednesday 8 November 2023 and the deadline for submission is 12pm on Friday 26 January 2024.  You must read the competition rules before submitting your poem. Enter the u3a national poetry competition

There are more learning initiatives on our learning pages.

u3a Festival 24

u3a Festival 24 is taking place 18-20 July 2024 in York, where we will be running a wide variety of activities – talks, sporting events, musical entertainment and workshops which will make this first u3a national festival something to remember. Find out more about the festival on the u3a website

We’re keen to strengthen our musical offering so if your u3a has singers or musicians who would like to come please get in touch by emailing

u3a Radio Podcast – Episode 35 – Looking back at 2023

Members can listen on podcasting platforms and watch a captioned video on the u3a YouTube channel. Listen now.


You can find lots of events on our online events page.  Here is a sample:

Toulouse-Lautrec and the Music Halls of Paris
Thursday, 18th January, 2pm

This lecture will use original film and sound recordings to investigate the world of Toulouse-Lautrec and eighteen-nineties Montmartre in Paris.

The Secrets of the Human Brain – Talk 1 – One hundred million nerve cells inside every head!
Wednesday, 24th January, 2pm

The first of 7 talks provides a simple description of the structure of the brain, how nerves work and how different parts of the brain do different things. Later on the talk allows the audience to test how left or right handed they are. The audience can also use their own brains to see things that are not really there and the talk also explains how men and women’s brains are different.

Mosaic Art: a brief history and perspective from a contemporary mosaic artist.
Thursday, 1st February 10am

A brief history of mosaic making and the real experience of a modern day mosaicist. From Ancient Greek to Byzantium mosaics through to current British and American mosaic artworks.

Introduction to the Air Fryer: with simple recipes
Thursday, 8th February, 11.30am

Air fryers(AF) are small, convection ovens, not deep fat fryers at all. A powerful fan oven and small surface area means that they heat up quickly and cook speedily. For example, a whole small chicken will cook in 50 minutes.  AF use a unique, fat removal technology to cook food. Ideal for healthy eaters.




Don’t forget u3a Click and Save on your New Year Bargains

Through the u3a Click and Save scheme, members can receive a discount on many big brands including Sainsbury’s, Costa, Currys and Ticketmaster. 

How do you access u3a Click and Save? 

You can access the scheme by following these steps:

1.       Create an account on the u3a Click and Save website.
2.       Click on the link in the confirmation email and then log in.


As usual check the website regularly for the latest news, tutorials and events, some of which are listed below. Our ongoing initiatives are continuing so have a look at our learning pages to see everything that you can get involved in.  Click here for the information leaflet to complement the local learning happening in your u3as.

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.


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