News Roundup

Third Age Trust update on Covid-19

Please find the updates on our national website 

December National Newsletter

Link to National u3a New Year’s Day Newsletter Express

Link to National u3a Newsletter Express 05/01/21

Latest News from the Chairman

Hi Everyone
Well, I think it is time I sent you all a little note to
say that despite all the probable changes to the
way you will celebrate Christmas this year I do hope

You All Have a Lovely Christmas

Much has been said about the past year and I do not intend
repeat what many others have said, but perhaps I shall just
say ‘it was different’!
I think one of the real positives that we have seen is the care
for one another within our community. We may have been
on the receiving end of that care, and/or we may have been
able to express that care to those in need around us, in
whatever form that took. I am sure there will be plenty of
opportunities to continue to show that care in 2021 as well.
I much prefer to look forward than back, so as the new year
is not too far away, I would like to say to say to everyone my

Very Best wishes for a Happy New Year

Let’s hope and pray that with the promise of vaccines
coming it will help us get back to doing many of the things
we’ve missed this past year; including our u3a activities.

Help Wanted

Our Committee is now down to 6 members, which is the minimum permitted by our constitution. While we can get by with the basic functions required of the committee, we do need help with the following.

  • Publicity – keeping all our members informed of what is happening within Ash u3a and what is happening nationally as well as advertising the u3a around our local community.
  • Support – acting as a link between the committee and the groups, support groups and leaders where required, assisting with the setting up of new groups.
  • Development – There is a lot happening within the whole u3a movement at the moment and we need to keep in closer touch with the national & local networks and make use of what they have to offer to help develop and grow the Ash u3a groups and membership.

If you think you could help in any way with this or you know someone who you think could help please contact me.


The membership fee paid for the current year (2019 – 2020) will cover a two year period, thus membership renewal will not now be due until August 2021. Any new people joining during the coming year will still naturally have to pay.

 Re-starting Meetings.

We look to the Third Age Trust for advice in these matters and we receive regular updates from them. 

Derek Monds

Ash U3A




“We recently commemorated the 80th anniversary of the evacuation of Dunkirk. It has often been called a miracle, and it was, indeed, incredibly brilliant – inspired – organisation that brought so many of our troops home. But as Winston Churchill said “wars are not won by evacuations”. He was also reported as saying  – “And we’ll fight them with the butt ends of broken beer bottles because that’s bloody well all we’ve got”

John Childs, Leader of the Science and Technology Group, has written a sobering, thoughtful, and challenging assessment of twenty five days in May-June 1940 [Link] A must read.”

The monthly Members Meetings

 The committee will review what to do about these in January






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