Throughout Spring and early Summer, ‘Lockdown’ has played merry hell with U3A’s regular programme of events. Monthly speaker meetings have been cancelled, Woodstock Branch’s AGM is now pencilled in for October, and national ‘U3A Day’ will be on the 1st of that same month; watch this space for detail nearer the time. Sadly, many regional and national events have also gone by the board, including the popular Summer School.
Nevertheless, members of many of the Branch’s individual Interest groups have buckled to, and found ways of continuing to work on their special subjects. Members of the Art and Craft groups have been busily practising their specialisms at home and evidence of their hard work could well be on display at AGM or ‘U3A Day’ in the Autumn. The diligent Recorder Players, too, appear to have been kept up to the mark with weekly on-line tutorials. And at the end of June, too, members of one of our two Play Reading Groups were scheduled to brave the elements and meet – socially spaced – in a Woodstock garden to read an appropriate play (unlikely to be Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ perhaps?).
Chris Sladen, June 2020