WE HAVE DONE IT: We successfully started physical group meetings and 1st Monday meetings from the beginning of September. Most groups have either started face to face meetings or have booked a venue for September. (See individual Group pages).
Group Leaders’ Meeting: The date for the next Group Leaders Meeting has been brought forward to Tuesday 9th November 2021, 10.00-12.30 at DYA.
A New Italian Group for Beginners: We are starting a new, fourth group for those who speak no Italian but would like to learn the basics. See the Italian Languages page for details.
Play Reading needs members: Play Reading need another 2 members to be viable. If you are interested, see the Play Reading page for Brenda's contact details.
Want to learn French or German?
We are delighted to have recruited two very experienced people to lead our French and German Intermediate Groups. Both Groups have vacancies at present and will be delighted to welcome new members. If you are reading this and not currently a member, for £15 per annum you will be able to join us and hone up your language skills twice a month. The only other cost will be the purchase of learning materials and maybe a modest 50p contribution to the cost of room hire. Where else will you get such a bargain?
Autumn Timetable: Not too surprising, with the restart of group meetings, there have already been 12 changes to the timetable since the Newsletter went to the printers. Please check the timetable page or contact Group Leaders to check dates, times and venues. You can find the timetable in the navigation menu or by clicking here.
Creative Writing: The Group is full and we have a list of 11 people wishing to join a second group. We are hopeful of recruiting a Group Leader from amongst those interested in joining.
Theatre Group: No trips are planned at the moment, the idea of an outing by train to the Lighthouse Theatre in Poole in September only attracted one person. Hopefully we can resume trips by coach in the New Year.
Short Tennis: Barbara Roberts has offered to start a Group beginning in January 2022. Please contact Peter Scaife if you are interested in joining. Dates and Times of meetings to be decided.
Wine Appreciation: We are extremely hopefully of recruiting a new Group Leader to replace Ann Snowden, watch this space for details.
French Intermediates, a new group replacing the former French Beginners is ready to re-start once we have sufficient numbers of people wishing to join. We have a very experienced teacher. To get the Group going, just contact Peter Scaife if you are interested in joining or even if you know of someone who might like to join.
German Intermediate: Keith Roberts has agreed to take over as Group Leader and we hope to resume classes shortly. Please contact Peter Scaife if you are interested in joining.
Backgammon: We hope to start Group Meetings on 1st October, further details to follow.
Newsletter: The latest edition has been printed and delivered. If you have not received your copy, contact the Membership Secretary, Janet Kennewell. The deadline for the next edition is Monday 22nd November 2021. We need articles from Group Leaders as well as u3a members. All articles to be sent to Jane Huff, the editor.
Xmas Meal: The Xmas meal for our u3a has been booked for Tuesday 7th December 2021 at the New Inn, West Knighton. More details and booking information nearer the time.
Meet Covid Safe Guidance: In preparation for our restart from the 1st September of First Monday and, where Group Leaders are comfortable, other Group Meetings, the committee has sent guidance to Group Leaders for running Covid safe meetings. The guidance is also available on the HOW TO / MEET COVID SAFE page.
Help wanted for electrical certification: The electrical equipment used by Dorchester and District U3A needs to have a safety check every 12 months and the member who used to do this is no longer available. We are looking for a qualified electrician to certify and label our electrical equipment including laptops, dvd players, power plugs and leads, kettles, music and PA systems, etc. There are 20 -30 items.
The plan is to bring them to a central place, and do them all in one session, preferably before we restart in September.
If you are able to help , or know of someone to help please contact Ian Blaby, firstname.lastname@example.org
Attendance Fees: The 50p attendance fee and 1st Monday Meeting fee has been waived for the rest of the year and will be reviewed towards the end of the year.
New and persistent Vacancies: We are still seeking someone to Chair our committee and we have some more groups needing Leaders. Please check on the vacancies page to see if you can help - click here.
You The Jury - hosted by Diane Janes: We are hoping to have 2 more sessions. If you would like to book please let Peter Scaife know. We are fortunate to have undertaken three all day seminars entitled "You The Jury". Diane has written several books and appeared on TV following the substantial research she has undertaken on criminal murder and attempted murder cases from around 1900 to the 1960's. She provides the evidence for two cases during the seminars and the "mock" jury then attempt to reach a verdict, after which Diane will explained what happened in the actual case. The cost of the seminars, held at the Community Church in Poundbury is £15 which covers Diane's fee and a contribution to the room hire charge. The session usually starts at around 9.45 am and finishes between 4.30 and 5 pm with a lunch break of an hour.
Dorchester and District u3a AGM: Our AGM has moved to Monday 4th October 2021 at the HTPC Hall.
New Links added - Dorset Library provide excellent online resources and we have added a page to explain how to access magazines, newspapers and reference sources such as Encyclopedia Britannica. See Links/Learning Resources or click here.
Group Activities: Some Groups are still using Zoom.
For advice on how to join a Zoom meeting click here
If you are interested in establishing a new group, please contact Peter Scaife, Group Liaison.