U3A – August


Covid-19 continues to curtail Woodstock U3A activities. Our AGM took place, on 28th July, by Zoom – a new experience for some of us, but by no means stressful and almost certainly resulting in a record for brevity. Pam Rook, who has chaired the Branch for the past three years with charm and diligence, stood down; her place is taken by David Duthie, with Terry Glossop as Vice-Chair.

Our monthly speaker meetings have been cancelled until further notice, and the first-ever ‘National U3A Day’ is postponed until 2 June 2021.  News from U3A head office suggests members around the country have found a variety of ways to keep busy, from litter-picking on beaches to recording their experience of life under lockdown for U3A’s continuing ‘Living History’ project (visit U3A.org.uk/learning/diary-project-2020). Coincidentally, one of our own senior members was interviewed recently by historian/journalist Dan Snow about her memories of working at Bletchley Park during WWII.

Meanwhile, this Branch’s 20-plus working groups have, so far as possible, kept in touch on-line, with those diligent recorder players essaying at least one ensemble on-line ‘Team’ session and, perhaps more practically, circulating what looks like a punishing list of new pieces to practice each week. The two Play Reading Groups, having toyed with on-line reading, have fallen back on wrestling with theatrical quizzes.

More detail at www.u3asites.org.uk/woodstock

Chris Sladen, August 2020

For the previous report see here