Due to the Coronavirus issues Dacorum U3A have decided to:

    • Cancel all Group and Monthly Meetings for the foreseeable future.
    • Cancel all hall bookings for the foreseeable future.
    • The paper version of the June Digest will only be sent to members who do NOT have internet access.
    • The June eDigest version is now available on our website. eDigest
    • Request that anyone who receives the Third Age Matters magazine, but who does not really read or want it, lets members know so that we can cancel it.
    • We have a Facebook group called U3a Dacorum. Click here to see it. You will have to register to use it.
  • We also have a bulletin board at for those who don’t like Facebook.

The Third Age Trust at has several projects that may interest you. To see everything you will need to register and login at the bottom right corner of their website.

We are working to put in place:

    • An on-line meeting using Zoom App which has a Video & audio conferencing capability so that even when isolated we can run most of our groups and chat to our friends. Details will be announced by email. The Third Age Trust has some useful tutorials which show how to install Zoom App on either your Laptop/ PC OR a tablet / smartphone.
    • See these links: Using-zoom-on-your-desktop/viewdocument/601  OR   using-zoom-on-phones-and-tablets
    • A regular emailed Newsletter until the Digest is printed again. All members are invited to contribute articles to the editor.

If you have not received any Group News emails recently please email members and  groups with your current email address.

To members receiving this by post, if you have an email address please send it to members and groups.

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Web Conferencing using Zoom, Skype & Jitsi etc.

Web Conferencing

With the prospect of the Covid-19 situation continuing for a few weeks, we all need to keep in contact and try to have regular “Virtual Meetings”.

Some groups have started to use Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp and other free services for small meetings.

We now have two U3A Dacorum Zoom Accounts set up. (Zoom 1 & Zoom 2)

We have also put together a “Beginners Guide to Zoom” in an attempt to make it easier for U3A Coordinators & Members to have regular  “Scheduled” Zoom meetings.
The “Beginners Guide to Zoom” is divided into different sections:-
Using Zoom on a Desktop or Laptop,
Using Zoom on a Tablet or SmartPhone,
Using Screen Sharing,
Joining a Zoom Call for the First Time
Click this link to see the User Guide Zoom Users Guide

It is intended to assist all U3A coordinators to setup a Zoom video conference, or U3A Dacorum members to Join a Zoom meeting when invited by a Coordinator.

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Computer Support Presentations

Computer Support Presentations – New viewing facility

The U3A Dacorum Computer Support group meetings include presentations on subjects that might be useful to its members. Below are some of these presentations.

We have now implemented a new 3D Viewer, which allows the user to “Flip”through the presentation

Select a Topic from the list below and Click on the link (in blue) to access the pdf presentation.

The chosen presentation will then be displayed as a 3D “Flip” document

.You can easily Flip through each page, Zoom the text, make it display as Full screen, Single page, Download or Print etc.
There is a Control Panel underneath the selected presentation which contains the following Controls.

+ Zoom In – Zoom Out,<< Move back ,  >>Move forward,   < Go to Page, Download Pdf file, X = Full Screen

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eDigest 108 Spring 2020

The latest printed version of the U3A Dacorum Digest (108 Spring 2020) has just been published and sent to all current Members.

An electronic version can be viewed on the U3ADacorum web site – Documents – eDigest and select Edition 108 Spring 2020 and flip the pages.



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Coronovirus Advice

A message from The Third Age Trust

Following the confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, the Government and NHS have issued advice for members of the public. The Third Age Trust wants to share this advice with you.

Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

The UK Chief Medical Officers are advising anyone who has travelled to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days and is experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, to stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild.

More information about the virus, as well as symptoms and advice, is available to view at https://www . gov . uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public

Or on the NHS England website at: https://www . england . nhs . uk/2020/02/statement-from-nhs-england-and-nhs-improvement-on-coronavirus/

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Dinghy Sailing – 2020 Programme

Dinghy Sailing

The Chilterns and South Herts U3A Dinghy Sailing group normally meet on the second Tuesday and fourth Wednesday of the month (1pm – 5pm) from April until the end of October, at Troy Lake, West Hyde (between Maple Cross and Denham). See Map.
Members from several different U3A groups come together to sail and socialise under the aegis of Rickmansworth Sailing Club, who allow us to sail in their club boats which include Wayfarers, Lasers, Picos, a Comet Versa, a Solo and an Enterprise.
The cost to accredited U3A members is £8.50 per sailing session, which covers insurance, upkeep of the dinghies and fuel for the safety boat. We provide personal flotation devices, so all you need is warm clothing and a sense of adventure!
No previous experience is necessary, but we do ask that you can swim at least 10 metres. We organise Capsize Drill at least once each season. New members are welcome, and tuition will be given where necessary, so any ability is catered for.

There will be a ‘Meet the Members’ session from 2-4pm on Tuesday 7 April, and the first sailing session of the year will take place on Wednesday 22 April.
If you would like to know more about our group, please contact either Wendy Barnes on 01494 783790 or Judith Young on 01494 580912 or by email: (Chess Valley U3A)

Programme for 2020 season
Tues 7 April (1st Tuesday) No Sailing. 2-4pm. Safety team briefing and Meet the Members
Wed 22 April 1-5pm. Sailing: 2 sessions with tea and cake at 3pm
Tues 12 May (as above)
Wed 27 May
Tues 9 June
Wed 24 June
Tues 7 July (1st Tuesday) Sailing followed by Midsummer BBQ
Wed 22 July
Tues 11 Aug
Wed 26 Aug
Tues 8 Sep
Wed 23 Sep
Tues 13 Oct
Wed 28 Oct Last sailing session
Tues 10 Nov 11-3. Tidy Up and Lunch. No Sailing

Post expires at 12:59am on Thursday November 12th, 2020

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New History Group – POSTPONED


New History Group is being formed

Looking at the issues and challenges of Contemporary British History since the end of WW2.
So it will cover the lives of those who attend and who have their own personal histories of the period.
Starting with an overview of the period – up to 2020 Key events; what happened; who did what; what changed. And then discussing some particular topics so we can compare what was learned – or not.

Why did Churchill win the war and lose the peace?
Where did the British Empire go?
Do we remember rationing?
What changed in General Elections?
Prime Ministers the Queen has known? (There was a very good play about these relationships a few years ago)
Wars we fought and wars we missed?
Do we remember where we were during the Cuba Crisis?
Were the 1950s as boring as people seem to remember?

Meetings will be held in St Johns Hall Boxmoor, on 3rd Thursdays 10 to 12 Starting on 19 March
If you are interested and could attend regularly please contact Alan by email:
Group Page: Contemporary British History

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