Beating Coronavirus

We may have had to stop meeting in our groups but we are not going to let that beat us.

This page of our website is for you to tell us about ways that you are finding to continue your u3a activities and for that matter other activities despite the need to comply with the government's advice.

Help us fill up the page.

 tonywhiteley@outlook.com

Note: On Friday 27 March we sent a newsletter to all members with details of the 12 reports we had received  since then in quick order the following further news has been provided:

  • History GroupsBoth History groups are being kept active with small tasks of research to do.  Our first task was to find the origin of well known English phrases or sayings.   This has got off to a flying start.  The task changes every two weeks and we take it in turns to set one.
  • The quiz group has started a virtual quiz where members will take the role of inquisitor each week.No prizes but exercises your grey cells.
  • Flower arranging group:  Jenny Down has set challenges for April's arrangement and asked for photos of design. She intends to do this each month until  the group can meet again. Also she sent group members a link to the recent World Association of Floral Artists (WAFA)Show in Jaipur, India and a link to an introductory video of  Hans Haverkamp’s forage walk and foliage arranging seminars (to see the video click HERE) 
  • French Conversation Group:  Maureen Federico writes our group are keeping connected and active:
    One member sets a task for the rest by email to fulfill by the date of the next meeting ie in a fortnight.  The task set currently by me is for them to find two French idioms, explain their meaning in English and try and write them in a sentence in French. When the deadline is reached, I will nominate another person to set a task ie grammar, who will in turn nominate another member to set us all a task. It should keep us all entertained for a while hopefully, until we can meet up again.

(You can see the first 12 activities reported by scanning down further)


  • The National U3A has released a series of guides to tools that will help you stay in touch and connected with your friends, family and U3A.  Included are:
-Making a closed group with Facebook
-Using WHYPAY for conference calls
-Guide to ZOOM – setting up an account and arranging a meeting
-Whatsapp – making a call

To access the Guides click HERE



1. Books on Monday Group have selected "Butterfly Room" by Lucinda Reilly for their next read and despite being unable tomeet up for discussion are now intent on organising for themselves a "virtual meeting". We will tell you how they do it as soonas they have it sorted.

2. Our Vice Chairman John Hargis wrote to a number of us "further to our conservation about the pro's and con's of open airactivities, I was sent the attached article recently with messages from the Spanish Flu pandemic of 100 years ago.  Veryinteresting!  I'm off to sun myself in garden.....with a broom in my hand". 1918-influenza-pandemic-

3. The National U3A have floated these suggestions of ways that groups can organise to continue despite the restrictions wehave as a result of coronavirus:  Keeping in touch

4. Beating self isolation: The Australian online newspaper NewsDaily on Saturday 21 March carried this article with sometongue in cheek. Still there may some ideas for you click:  HERE

5. Rock and Roll and Popular Music Our Group normally meets monthly and we share programs of popular music from thestart of rock and roll through to the 80s. We have run this trial of attempting a virtual session click: HERE

6. Pilates Groups go virtual  Our pilates groups are keeping up their session by the tutor providing a weekly video of a workout which is accessed from youtube. If you are a member of one of the groups you can sign up via the groupleaders.

7. Free online courses: So now we are in lockdown. You have got the garden looking pristine and the house spring cleaned but you do not want to start the decorating. What about one of the myriad of free online  course offered. See what is on offer from across the world and including the Open University. Visit our webpage "Free online Courses"tofind out what's on offer click  HERE

8. Shakespeare Trust: Although the Shakespeare Centre and the five family homes are closed for the time being, the Trust is offering a virtual experience. It is also seeking financial support to help it get through the closure. It is worth looking at thevirtual experiences they offer, Click HERE

9. Our Trains and Planes and Automobiles had a programme of visits mapped out for 2020. Instead Group Leader PeterFinkel has given them this programme of virtual visits:

  • The April trip was to have been to Cosford RAF museum, see their web site for the various exhibits.
  • May was Morgan cars in Malvern.  Check their website to see how they are entering the 21st century.  
Other Internet sites Peter suggests:  
  • Autocar, the website  of the car magazine and is updated daily.   
  • Railway Herald, generally all photos of railways and changed regularly.
  • Youtube, all sorts of stuff here. Just type in what you are interested in. Type in “Dambusters” and see an hour longprogramme first broadcast on Channel 4.   
10 National U3A Facebook site for members: This Facebook group is for U3A members to stay in contact with each other and also a place to share ideas U3As are using to maintain learning and interests and to keep in touch. To join in click HERE


11. Virtual Bridge: Our Bridge Group Leader has advised Bridge Group members of  free internet accessed  Bridge games. Free access is offered to all U3A members for a trial 3 months. There is no commitment to then join paid access and credit card details are not required. If you would like to play bridge on the internet click HERE

12. Our Baking with interest/ Cake and Bake Group is considering a WhatsApp group to share trying out various recipes.



  • If your group is finding a way of continuing activities please share the idea with us. 
  • If you want to share a new project say joining with others on one of the free online courses, let us know and we can help you make contact. 

      Email: tonywhiteley@outlook.com 








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