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WTU3A@Home

Whilst we are all staying at home and keeping safe we have created a WTU3A@Home webpage.  Hopefully this will go a little way towards not only providing information, but will give you some entertainment as well.  

If our members have any amusing funnies, ideas or useful information to add to this page, please email webmaster@wtu3a.org.uk

AYLESBURY VALE U3A

Our friends in the Aylesbury Vale U3A have created a really great webpage – very aptly called Confined to Quarters.  

Some WTU3A members attend the AVU3A Rock’n’Roll parties so may be interested to know that a number of new presentations are now on-line.  Click here to enjoy!

There is lots more to entertain you from, singalongs, quizzes, music, videos, information, jokes, song parodies (some advisory as the lyrics are a little colourful!), Click the button below – you’ll have plenty to keep you occupied. 

 

LOCAL NEWS

Queens Park Arts Centre have many on-lines courses taking place via Zoom.  For courses and costs click here

KEEP CONNECTED – It’s good to talk! 

Video calling has taken on special significance in 2020, but which service is right for you to stay in touch with your friends and family?    Here is a run down of the technology available, courtesy of a recent article in the Third Age Matter magazine.  Click here for details.  

The U3A have also complied useful ‘How-To’ advice guides.

Online events with U3A – The U3A are now offering online events. These events will be held on Zoom and can be booked into on the Events Page.

Keep your money safe

There are many incidents of fraudsters trying to defraud us, but especially now during the coronavirus lockdown. So here are a few tips that can encourage you to keep your money safe so you can reduce the risk of becoming a victim and encourage family and friends to be aware too. 

Report suspicious Phishing emails!  You now report Phishing emails to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS) at report@phishing.gov.uk.


The ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) has very helpful information on its website, including an article related to phishing posted on 31st March 2020 entitled ‘Stay One Step Ahead of the Scammers’.


For your information t
here are further details about scams, fraud and cyber crime on our Useful Info page on our website.

National Trust Virtual Tours 

Chastleton House is one of the National Trust’s smaller properties and access is tricky so the property team have created this video – recorded earlier this spring – to give you a tour of the gardens while the property is closed.

Click here to watch

Waddesdon Online

Enjoy highlights of the art collections and gardens with our online trails, films and virtual room tours.

Furniture on Film – May usually marks Open Furniture Month in the House, so this is a unique opportunity to look inside some of its remarkable pieces of furniture.

Explore the gardens – Discover the story of the gardens as well as special highlights.

THEATRE/SHOWS/MUSIC

 

THE SHOWS MUST GO ON 

If you’re a fan of musicals and shows, you definitely won’t want to miss The Shows Must Go On.  Now taking a break, a new season of shows will return again every weekend from mid-August.

As always, the show will appear at 7pm on The Shows Must Go On YouTube channel. The musical will be available to watch for 48 hours from 7pm on Friday on The Shows Must Go On YouTube channel.

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CIRQUE DU SOLIEL – Let’s stay connect CirqueConnect

A new CirqueConnect ”Best of” special featuring some of the best aerial acts from Cirque du Soleil!  Sit back, relax and fly away with the aerialists from ”O”, Amaluna, LUZIA and more!  Click the link to view this and many other Cirque du Soliel ‘Specials’

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ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET

Click the link to view on the English National Ballet YouTube Channel.

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ONLINE – LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

For those of you who enjoy classical music, the London Symphony Orchestra will be streaming concerts twice a week during the current Covid-19 pandemic restrictions.  Visit their website www.lso.co.uk select ‘What’s on’ then select ‘Always Playing: Our Online Season’ to see what’s available.

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COMPOSER IN ISOLATION

Join Andrew Lloyd Webber on his website to see what he’s been up to insolation.  Click here to see more.

Crooner Sessions

Gary Barlow has found a brilliant way to keep fans entertained while more of us stay at home and events get cancelled. The Take That star has began his own ‘Crooner Sessions‘ series on You Tube, where he performs a live duet over video call. 

VIDEO CLIPS

There have been various amusing (and clever) video clips going viral over the past few weeks. Here are a couple more (in case you haven’t seen them)…

Something to keep the brain cells ticking over!

U3A Weekly Quizzes

New! -TRAVEL QUIZ 3

Click here for the questions
(answers here)

TRAVEL QUIZ 2

Click here for the questions
(answers at the end)

TRAVEL QUIZ 1

Click here for the questions
(answers at the end)

PUB QUIZ

Rounds 1 – 6 including Sport, Music, Science and Movies/TV.

Click here for the questions 
(the answers follow at the end)

FREE ONLINE EXERCISES FOR ACTIVE OLDER ADULTS

If you enjoy keeping active through exercise, why not try out the following:

 www.ymca360.com have a wide range of videos available for all ages, including active older adults!

To see these videos, open the website, then select ‘browse videos’ , scroll down and open ‘Active Older Adults’. You will find they have something for all abilities and a choice of exercises, be it sitting yoga or something more active.

You could also try out Joe Wicks 10 Minute Full Body Seniors Workout, which is available on www.youtube.com.  

For the more energetic of us, Olympic gymnast Max Whitlock has filmed five exercises for us to try out in our homes during the coronavirus outbreak.  

Click on the link here and try not to do yourselves any damage!! 

Alternative meanings – Something to make you chuckle.

Tom Way

A popular speaker who has been to the WTU3A twice to talk about his wildlife photography has created a short video for us all to enjoy.

 

An amusing poem entitled:

There is nothing the matter with me 

 

A new one from Pam Ayres

Pam Ayres is absolutely essential to British humour, reminding us all to be tickled by the small joys and ridiculousness of everyday life.

PoetryGeneration

Ellie Levenson, a journalist and author, recently set up a project called PoetryGeneration after her four year old son asked her mother to record a video of his grandmother reading the poem he likes her to read him, so he could watch it at home given they cannot see each other due to coronavirus isolation. 
 
So now every day Ellie uploads a video of an older person in coronovirus isolation reading a poem. The idea is to keep older people visible in a positive light as well as create a free library of poetry for all to enjoy. Here is the website – www.poetrygeneration.co.uk
 
If you would like to take part in providing a reading, the submission guidelines can be on the website. 
 
 
Peter D Hehir – poem – The World is Closed
 

If you have further ideas or information to add to this page, please email webmaster@wtu3a.org.uk