News Roundup

Third Age Trust update on Covid-19

Please find the updates on our national website 

Link to National u3a New Year’s Day Newsletter Express

Link to National u3a March Newsletter 

Latest News from the Chairman

The National u3a Radio Podcast is now out. Created by our talented team of u3a members with radio experience, this latest episode features interviews with u3a members who started a ‘Retiring with Attitude’ course, a Barnet u3a member who featured on Britain’s Got Talent and a chef from Vegetarian for Life.


The u3a Radio Podcast comes out on the 17th of each month from 6am.

Please find below the link to the latest National U3A radio 4 podcast [click here]


Help Wanted

Our Committee is now down to 7 members. While we can get by with the basic functions required of the committee, we do need help with the following.

  • 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.

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

I am pleased to inform you all that Tom Gardner has volunteered to join our u3a committee and he was co-opted on at our March meeting. Tom will be our link person with the local u3a networks, Surrey Network & the Surrey & North East Hants Network as well as taking on the publicity role.  Tom has been leading our Computer Support Group since its inception a couple of years ago. He is a very welcome addition to our committee and will enable us to be more effective in our role in the coming months as we seek to get our activities up and running again.


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.

 Best Regards 

Ash U3A



Special Subject Week – Open to all u3a members in the UK

Exploring World Faiths –  12th-16th April

Britain is already a multi-faith society, 70% of the population professed to have a religious faith (2011 census), higher in metropolitan parts of the West Midlands.

Although Christianity still predominates, in theory, a sizeable number practise and live other religions

Come and find out more from ordinary people of faith with plenty of opportunity to discuss and ask questions.

All sessions are from 10-11.30
  Monday April 12th Introduction: Have you wondered what is a faith, when did they start, and how did they develop? Dr Peter Rookes, u3a National Adviser on Exploring World Faiths has an extensive background in faith and health, will give an overview of the course including how world religions are ordered in time and place. Christianity, why is the story of Jesus’ birth and life told differently in Matthew and Luke’s gospel? Why did Jesus talk in parables:  Bernie Morton, Catholic church member.
  Tuesday April 13th Islam: How does Islam influence family life:  Mahmooda Quereshi, West Midlands Regional Coordinator, Faiths and Beliefs Forum Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, its founder and its beliefs:  Gill Hartley and Robin Harragin-Hussey, Midland and London Christian Science Publication Offices 
  Wednesday  April 14th Hinduism and its contribution to science: Anjana Shelat, Midland Regional Coordinator of Hindu Mandir Network UK Buddhism:  ‘Buddhism and Value Creation’ – an overview of the history of Buddhism and the development of the Soka Gakkai (value creation society) – Vicki Squire,  Buddhist Faith Advisor at University of Warwick Chaplaincy
    Thursday April 15th Baha’I Faith: “We spend our lives trying to unlock the mystery of the universe, but there was a Turkish Prisoner, Baha’u’llah, in ‘Akka, Palestine, who had the key”. Dr. Stephen Vickers Sikh Faith, a virtual tour of the Gurdwara and Nishkam Centre including the kitchens in Handsworth:  Gopinder  Kaur Sagoo, Faith Guide, Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha, Birmingham
  Friday April 16th Scientology: What do Scientologists believe and what do they do – Graeme Wilson, National Publicity Officer, Scientology UK Judaism: What do people of the Jewish faith belief and how do they practice their faith: Yvonne Stollard, Vice-President of Birmingham Progressive Synagogue, the Jewish representative on the Worcestershire SACRE, and Chair of Worcestershire Interfaith Forum.  

All sessions are from 10-11.30

To register click on


“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

We are now offering a zoom monthly meeting until further notice.
If anyone is unfamiliar with Zoom and needs any assistance please contact me for further assistance.
Please note our meeting will be starting at 2.30 so please log in a little earlier so that we will all be ready to start on time.

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If you are interested in finding out more about us, please contact our Membership Secretary, Gay Buckingham, on 01252 656210,  or use our Contact Form , who will provide you with membership details. Click here to download a copy of the Membership Application Form.