Group Enabler

We really are a busy u3a at the moment with an increase in groups using our Zoom account and many keeping in touch using a variety of media. All credit to our Group Leaders who are having to think of different ways to keep their members motivated. The Local History group had its first Zoom meeting in January with a record number of participants, while the Architecture group held its first successful virtual meeting recently too. The Quiz group is now well established with a core group of keen quizzers.

Although activities at present are very much based on Zoom and other social media, it’s important that our non-internet using members still feel part of our organisation. With that in mind, I attended a Network meeting recently, with Helen Salisbury and Denise Smith, which focused on how we can engage with those members in different ways. A summary of the main points has been sent to all our Group Leaders who I know are very mindful of this situation.

Our ‘Chess for Fun’ group, which had only been running for a few months before the first lockdown, is looking for a new leader. It’s a small group with a mixture of complete beginners and more experienced players. Perhaps you are an existing member or someone who just enjoys playing – the main requirement is enthusiasm! If you are familiar with some of the online Chess activities available, this could be a good way of getting the group underway again.

Have you always wanted to see your work in print? Do you have a germ of a short story just waiting to be written? Well, now’s your chance to give it a go. Dave Martin has set the ball rolling with this month’s ‘Writing for Fun’ fiction contribution which he’s thoroughly enjoyed creating. He plans to continue his story in fortnightly episodes both on the website and in the Newsletter and welcomes your comments along with suggestions for further episodes. If you’re feeling inspired and creative please send in your articles of approx. 500 words to future editions.                  Louise