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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 – JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018

New Year, New Challenge

In January 2002, a friend who was a member of Broxbourne Handbell Ringers challenged me to come along to a practice. I turned up, was given a bell and shown how to ring it, and then encouraged to join in playing the theme from “Titanic” – talk about in at the deep end! That night, though, I discovered a new hobby in which I am still very involved 16 years later.

So, as I write this in December 2017, I would like to challenge you to do something new in Lea Valley U3A in 2018. Since we often find new experiences easier with a friend, perhaps you could challenge your friend to come along with you to that Group you’ve been meaning to join for ages? Or maybe you could offer to run one of the new groups we are trying to set up – such as Tap Dancing, Astronomy, Latin, Scrabble or Visiting Churches? Or how about writing a short piece for the Newsletter, or sending in a photo of something your group has recently done?

January is the time for looking ahead into the New Year with optimism; it’s a time of new hope, new hobbies and new resolutions. Who knows? Maybe you’ll find something new that you’ll still be doing 16 years from now!

Mary Cole

Learn                 Laugh                 Live
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BUSY FINGERS CRAFT GROUP DECORATE HODDESDON HIGH STREET


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Congratulations and well done to everyone who helped with the display in the High Street this year.  It was our 5th year and was again a huge success.  Photos (above) are also currently on the National U3A Office website. Our fame is spreading across the UK and we are already well known locally for our work.  When we were installing it, members of the public were watching and asked if it was the U3A again!  Our beautiful Christmas Tableaux which were on display at our November meeting were also installed in Hoddesdon Library.  Special thanks to Elaine Penrose – our designer – and to all those who knitted for us.  Wonderful effort!

To see more photographs and comments please click on this link:

BusyFingJan2018.pdf

Barbara Cordina                                                                     
Joint Group Leader with Elaine Penrose and Anne Northcott
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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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LINE DANCING GROUP

Lea Valley U3A Line Dancers celebrated Christmas and Halloween in style. You can see pictures by clicking on the link below:

ftp://ftp.lvu3a.org.uk/LineDancersJan2018.pdf

Make your New Year Resolution to come along and join us, keep fit and have a lot of fun !!

We meet on a Monday 11am – 12.30pm at Barclay Hall in Hoddesdon (opposite Morrisons). This is our 'improvers' class.

We are considering starting an Absolute Beginner class in April 2018 on a Monday at about 10am, before our Improvers class.

If you have never tried Line Dancing before, come along and have a go.  It’s a good workout for your body and brain.  We are a very sociable and happy group.

Cyndy, our tutor, makes the whole session fun and is very patient with all of us.

If you are interested please contact us at Line Dance table at Lea Valley Meeting, or send an email using the CONTACTS button (top left of this page), then the email address is in the left margin.


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TWO NEW GROUPS FOR 2018

We are delighted to announce that two new groups launch in 2018:

SCRABBLE:

First meeting will be held at 2pm on Thursday 18th January, then the first and third Thursday of the month. Meet at Hoddesdon Library.

ART APPRECIATION:

The first visit will be in conjuntion with General History group, and will be a guided tour of The Wallace Collection  on Moday 26th Februray 2018, cost 10.
Please book your place by visiting the Art Appreciation table in front of the stage at the January main meeting.

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BUSY FINGERS CRAFT GROUP
Spring Wedding for Harry & Megan

As I packed away the Royal Family display after our Summer Celebration little did any of us expect they would make an appearance for some years. So without doubt the Royals will be back on show once again  In readiness for the day we need to refresh and add a few figures to our tableau.

So if you enjoyed helping us in the past, your help would be appreciated for this special outing…..   

Please contact me, Elaine Penrose, or Barbara Cordina who will be  on the "Boys Toys.." table at the January meeting,

For more information please click on this link:
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Back by popular demand, our 11th Fun Quiz will take place at the usual venue, St Augustine's Parish Centre, Broxbourne on the date shown above.

Quiz will commence at 1.30 sharp and usually finishes around 4pm. Admission charge remains at 2 (2.50 for non-LVU3A members) which includes tea and cake and prizes for the winners. How do they do it I hear you ask!

Tickets will be on sale at our March and April monthly meetings. Tickets will also be available on the door, subject to capacity of the hall, but we would much prefer if you can buy tickets in advance (or phone us to let us know you are coming) as this helps us with the catering and so we know how many tables to set up at the venue.

Either arrange your own teams on tables of up to 8 people, or just come along by yourself or with a colleague and join a table when you get there and make some new friends.

Come along and exercise those brain cells at a quiz that we have designed to be not too taxing.

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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 UK branches.
Visit the national  U3A website page  (go to the 'Links' page in the the top left of the margin). On the 'About' tab on the website you can view the Newsletter Archive. You may need to register on the site and set up a password to access all content.

You can also arrange to have new Newsletters emailed to you each time they are published.


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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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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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