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The Virtual U3A

The Virtual U3A (vU3a), which went live in January 2009, is an online-only U3A experience for those who are rendered isolated in some way by circumstances or geography and unable to play a full part in a terrestrial U3A. More information is available on the public website where one can also apply for membership.
Why not pay it a visit?
Virtual U3A Website

If you know anyone who might benefit, please pass the information on.


Exploring London Group 8


Walk around the Royal Parks.

Hoddesdon Heritage Weekend


June Crew's Good Friday Nature Walk
Hertford Heath




NEWSLETTER

Our newsletter has been produced as a downloadable (pdf) file, which should be compatible with any computer. It contains information covering meeting dates, forthcoming events, all our Groups etc.

To view the latest edition please "click" on the link:- 

NEWSLETTER

Please note that contact details (phone numbers, e-mail addresses etc) for Group Leaders and Committee Members are not shown in this on-line version of the Newsletter, as this is open to anyone with access to the internet, and we wish to protect this information. Therefore members need to refer to the paper copy you may have collected at a meeting (or a copy may have been emailed to you direct), as those versions contain personal contact information.

Anyone can use the club's email system to make contact with us - please refer to the left hand margin on the 'CONTACTS' page for details.
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CHAIRMAN’S CORNER – NOVEMBER 2017

Who Am I?

For many of you, I am the Mrs Cole who for many years taught French to your sons, daughters and grandchildren at The Broxbourne School.

When I took early retirement in 2007, I was encouraged by friends to join this U3A and have never regretted it. In my first year I joined Singing for Pleasure, Spanish, Family History and Exploring London 2, but I discovered that the passion for teaching was still very much alive and so I offered to run an Intermediate French Group. This is still going strong and has since been joined by a Beginners’ Group. I have also run the Family History group for several years and am Musical Director of Broxbourne Handbell Ringers, which welcomes Lea Valley members.

I have come to my new role as Chairman after a year on the Committee as Publicity Officer. As you may imagine from my history, I believe that the Groups are the lifeblood of any branch, and I shall be working with our Groups Co-ordinator to encourage our current Groups and develop new ones, seeking to offer our present and future members what they want. As I start my term of office, my aim is to work with the committee to continue making Lea Valley a caring and vibrant U3A for us all.


Mary Cole


Learn                 Laugh                 Live

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SILVER ANNIVERSARY - A DVD BY JOHN ASTIN

The DVD capturing the highlights of our anniversary meeting on 10th July made by John Astin is now available on YouTube, and can be seen by clicking on this link:-

https://youtu.be/mtH3g_SEL4o


Our thanks go to John for making and sharing this DVD. An extended version of the DVD can be purchased from John, for you to keep as a permanent reminder.

Other items produced at the time of the anniversary, namely "The History of Our Groups" and a "Silver Anniversary Brochure" can be found further down this page.
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HELP FOR HEROES - A THANK YOU

Carol Groves who gave us a most interesting Talk in September about “Help For Heroes” has asked us to thank our members for your kind donations which totalled 501.

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CRAFT WORKSHOPS @ MADE IN HERTS STUDIOS

(Dec 2017) Regretfully we have no further workshops planned at the moment.  We have always met on the first Tuesday in the month but our tutor, Lynn, is no longer able to offer a Tuesday as her premises are not available.  We did investigate holding the group on a Monday but I am unable to attend on a Monday and nobody else has come forward to run the group.

We are investigating meeting at a different venue and if this proves possible you will be advised.

Meantime, many thanks to everyone for your support, we made some fabulous and unusual craft items, and learnt lots of new techniques.

Barbara Cordina – Group Leader
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OUT & ABOUT IN THE UK WITH THE U3A
OLD ROYAL NAVAL COLLEGE, GREENWICH

You are probably not aware that U3A members from the South East are involved in a Shared Learning Project at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich – one of the world’s greatest heritage destinations.

A major conservation project of the Painted Hall is underway, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Painted Hall walls and ceiling are being cleaned and conserved to return clarity of colour and vibrancy to Sir James Thornhill’s 300 year old masterpiece.

Eight U3A photographers, selected from U3As around London, have been recording in pictures the volunteers, staff, contractors and members of the public who are involved in the project as it happens.

Learning Project coordinator Roger Mead from London South East U3A said, “This is a very interesting project because we are not looking at the ceiling but at the workers making the project happen, capturing the moments, the hard work and commitment of everyone involved. The photographers are also learning much about their art from taking on this project. We are working towards an exhibition next year.”
The Painted Hall is open to the UK Public for ceiling tours until summer 2018 - www.ornc.org.

Barbara Cordina

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HODDESDON LIBRARY REACHES 40th ANNIVERSARY


We send our congratulations to Hoddesdon Library as they reach their 40th Anniversary.

Our Busy Fingers Group  made a Garden Tea Party display which was on show in the library from 3rd to 14th October, as part of their celebrations.

You can see pictures of the display by clicking on the links below:

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NEW GROUP - FIRST OUTING:
"BOY'S TOYS - GIRLS WELCOME"

COMBINED MILITARY SERVICES MUSEUM, MALDON, ESSEX

www.cmsm.co.uk

Join us for our first trip on Wednesday 14th February 2018

Depart:  Spinning Wheel, Hoddesdon - 10am prompt
Journey Time:  Approximately 90 minutes each way
Spaces Available:  19
Time at Museum:  Approximately 2 hours
Lunch:  Take packed lunch, okay to eat on the coach if you wish, as no restaurant facilities inside museum.  Toilets are available including disabled.

Cost:  Minibus including driver’s tip 20 return PLUS (payable on the day at entrance to Museum) - 4.75 for seniors .  Full 20 payment for minibus required by the January meeting.  Cheques payable to “Lea Valley U3A”. 

This is a trial run and if we fill the minibus there may be a small refund due to you.

Wheelchair access and lift available – PLEASE NOTE YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY DURING THIS TRIP.

Come on lads - give the girls a treat on Valentines Day !!!

Contact Barbara or Eddie Cordina for bookings or more information

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SILVER ANNIVERSARY - THE HISTORY OF OUR GROUPS

To mark our 25th Anniversary in 2017 our Group Leaders contributed to a commemorative booklet entitled “HISTORY OF OUR INTEREST GROUPS, 1992 – 2017”.

The content was then compiled by our then Chairman, Barbara Cordina, and the result can be seen by clicking on the link below. This is a wonderful record of the multitude of Groups we have, which are the lifeblood of our U3A.
(Please be patient, as it is a large file, and may take some time to open, depending on the speed of your computer.)


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SILVER ANNIVERSARY BROCHURE


As part of our 25 Year Celebrations, Lee Rayner and Joan Underwood produced a 25th Anniversary brochure. 

This contains details of our 25 year history since 1992, with photographs, and is very interesting.  We thank them for their hard work on this project. which can be seen by clicking on the link below.



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THIRD AGE TRUST MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
 
The Third Age Trust issues a monthly national newsletter with news from the national office as well as from the UK. Click on this link to read:

http://us9.campaign-archive.com/?u=656ad5962b370cc9e2731d1ed&id=20c8459727

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO LISTEN TO CHILDREN READ IN LOCAL PRIMARY SCHOOLS

Can you spare an hour or two a week to listen to children read in a local primary school? Schoolreaders is looking for more volunteers in Hertfordshire to carry out this important role. Reading time for many children at home and at school is often insufficient and one in four children are now leaving primary school unable to read to the required standard.

Please visit the website www.schoolreaders.org to join or call 01234 924111 for further information, or click on this link:


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APPEAL  FROM THE NATIONAL TRUST GROUP

We are looking for somebody to take over our National Trust group.  This involves organising visits to National Trust Properties.  Joan Ellis has run this group very successfully for many years but feels she needs to stand back for a while, for personal reasons, although she will be very willing to help whoever takes the group over.

These are very worthwhile visits for our members.  Please let me know if you would like more information about what is involved.  It would be a shame to see this group close because of lack of interest.

Barbara Cordina

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LINE DANCING GROUP
Monday Mornings from 11am at Barclay Hall, Hoddesdon

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Our first session was on 16th February 2015 and we have now been going for over 2 years. During this time we have danced at the Spotlight three times at Lea Valley meetings and at a BArts event representing Lea Valley U3A. The first time was quite an achievement because the class had not been going very long, so the dancers were mainly beginners and very brave to get up and have a go.

We are performing again at the Lea Valley Silver Celebration in July.

We held a Marie Curie session this year and raised 150. This is even better than last year when the figure was 129. Under Cyndy’s supervision and encouragement the class has improved greatly and we all have a good laugh. Although we learn many dances the main aim is for it to be a social occasion and to enjoy ourselves. We celebrate big time at Christmas by dressing in red and white and having a buffet after our class. We are a very happy bunch and always welcome new members, why not come along and have a go !!!

Carol Farren – Group Leader

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INTEREST GROUPS

Many of you are members of our Interest Groups and they cover a wide variety of subjects and activities.

However, we are always looking for new ideas for different groups from our members, and our Group Co-ordinator, Dennis Bruce, will help to set up new groups.

Just speak to any member of the committee if you have any suggestions, we are not asking you to be involved yourself unless you want to, we just need the ideas.

A few suggestions are:-  Scrabble, Quilting, Exploring Local Churches, Current Affairs, Wine Appreciation etc. There is no end to subjects which may interest others.

Please help us to provide more for our members.

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Celebration of 1000 U3As, Plus Special Offers For Members

The Third Age Trust (National Office of the U3A) have placed a copy of the video recording of the Celebration of 1,000 U3As on YouTube. This can be viewed by clicking on this link: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7R5A9-CHx0&list=PLsB2t41TNozElxU_rxR31nRAcwOj40ij1&index=1


They have also announced a special offer which are available to members.

This is from a company called "My History" who are specialists in genealogy (family history) supplies, where if you enter the dsicount code U3A2017 you will get 10% off.


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U3A Merchandise

By clicking on the link below you can see a poster displaying the available, and their (very reasonable!) prices.
Do stop by the Sales table in the Foyer.

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Broxbourne Arts Forum ("BArts")


Lea Valley U3A is affiliated to BArts, and one of our members is present at a table in the bar area at all monthly meetings, with leaflets and information.

BArts offers activities and events which are not usually provided by the Borough of Broxbourne's Leisure and Entertainments programme.

It also represents the arts interests of individuals and member groups and negotiates with the Borough, so that the arts community may enjoy greater recognition and leisure facilities on a par with the provision for sports.

For more information either come to the table at our main meetings or visit the BArts website at:

www.broxbournearts.org.uk

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Lea Valley Discussion Group

This local society, founded in 1976, meets on Monday evenings usually twice a month at the Methodist Church Hall, Middlefield Road, Hoddesdon.

For more information and contact details please click on the link below:

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