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John Pentith Chair




A warm welcome to the website of Wetherby and District U3A. Our fantastic and friendly organisation has over 100 groups covering a wide range of activities. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, only limited activities are currently taking place. However, thanks to the wonders of technology, a number of our Groups are meeting via Zoom, the Committee continues to meet regularly by video-conference and we are holding our monthly Open Meetings in virtual format.

Although the lockdown gradually eased during the summer, unfortunately infection rates have risen sharply again over recent weeks. In response, the government introduced new measures on 14th September restricting social gatherings to no more than 6 people (see further details on this page). The pandemic will clearly be with us for some considerable time, so it is important that we all make our personal contribution by following the guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus and help avoid the unwelcome prospect of another full national lockdown. Hopefully the situation will stabilise and infection rates will start to drop again before too long. We have the various risk assessments prepared, so once the government gives the green light we are ready to meet again.

My thanks, and those of the Committee, to our Group Leaders who continue to do a superb job in keeping activities going. The Committee will continue to pay the costs of Zoom over the next few months to help facilitate group activities.

Open Meetings

Until such time as government guidance considers it safe for us to resume indoor group activities, these meetings will continue virtually using Zoom. 

June    Victor Hawkins gave an excellent talk about aspects of Wetherby’s history (his power-point presentation is available on the website and can be found here….). 

July     Lesley Newnham gave a superb presentation about the fascinating lives of some of the people buried in Beckett Street cemetery in Leeds. The recording of Lesley’s presentation has been archived now but can be restored if required.

August   The Open Meeting featured Andy Smith, a song-writing, multi-instrumentalist (guitar, mandolin, ukulele, banjo, tenor guitar and sitar) and singer. He gave an enjoyable ‘musical talk’ featuring some well-known favourites and a few of his own songs.  If you missed the meeting or simply want to see it again here is the link. The password is WbyU3AAug”)

October.  The next open meeting will take place on Wednesday 28th October at 2:30pm using zoom

Annual General Meeting (AGM) – The postponed AGM took place on Zoom on Wednesday, 30thSeptember. I was pleased to thank the outgoing committee members for their sterling work on behalf of our U3A, namely Brian Taylor (Chairman), Clive Springle (Treasurer), Sue Jakeman (Business Secretary) and Lesley Newnham (Membership Liaison), all of whom have been presented with a token of our appreciation. Peter Welton was welcomed to the committee in Lesley’s place and Richard Daniel has stepped up as Treasurer. I would encourage you to consider if you might join the committee, in particular we are looking for a Business Secretary and a Group’s Treasurer. Please think carefully whether you might have the skills we seek. The business was followed by entertainment in the form of a Yorkshire themed quiz, compiled by Barry Atkinson. This was enjoyed by all participants and the most knowledgeable Tyke was Margaret Crawford, who will receive a supply of Yorkshire Tea. Those who missed the quiz can find it by following this link

Roving Reporter

Our U3A Roving Reporter Caroline Green has written an excellent piece about the strange times we are living through. It can be found here 

Beware of Scammers

Recently several people received emails attempting to defraud them by using the email of one of our members, Peter Wilson see details here. There is an excellent piece in the June monthly memo about scams from Russell Gregory of the Creative Writing Group. Have a look at this document for more information. Also please read this pamphlet by Metropolitan Police called “The Little Book of BIG Scams”.

Please continue to take care. Keep safe and well.

U3A Wetherby Chair

1st October 2020

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