Through the varying, and occasionally puzzling, restrictions of lockdown, and whichever tier Woodstock rests in at present, Branch members soldier on.  Our monthly speaker meetings continue online, courtesy of Zoom, with December featuring a thought-provoking presentation by novelist Helen Matthews.  Coming up in January and February (again, via Zoom) are Mary McIntyre on studying the stars, and  a look at the extraordinary life of  Singh Malik who, coming to Britain as a 14-year-old at Balliol College, served with the Royal Flying Corps during World War I and afterwards.  Talks through to April, are listed on our newly refurbished  website (www.u3asites.org.uk/woodstock) along with a wealth of news and pictures about the branch.  (Incidentally, membership fees are waived during lock-down).

Among those pictures, look out for a couple of proud members holding up their newly completed (sizeable, from the picture) patchwork blanket.  And  intrepid members of the walking group, about to set off on a socially distanced stroll through the countryside.  Less energetically, but I am sure with equal enthusiasm, members of the Play Reading Groups have exercised their brains in the comfort of their own homes, grappling with a succession of (mostly) literary quizzes.

Apart from these – and many other – activities offered at Branch level, members can take advantage of events organised by U3A’s Thames Valley Network (again, check the website).  Scheduled for December was a concert of seasonal music and readings, Zoomed to you for a Fiver.

Chris Sladen, December 2020