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
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.
The U3A Dacorum Computer Support group meetings include presentations on subjects that might be useful to its members.
U3A Dacorum is not responsible for the correctness of the information in these pages. Note also that computer software changes quite fast so that any advice in the presentations on the selection of particular programs and how to use them may may now be out of date.
These CS Presentations are in .pdf format and can be downloaded from the u3adacorum.org web site – Documents – Computer Support Documents and select the CS Presentation Hyperlink shown in Blue
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.
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/
Singing – A cappella
A new A cappella singing group is being formed, initially a home meeting in the Adeyfield area.
Ability to read music is essential.
Please give suggestions as to time and day… preferably mid-week
Please reply directly to the leader Vivien Calcutt
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: firstname.lastname@example.org (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
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: email@example.com.
Group Page: Contemporary British History
Thursdays, 10:00-12:00, St. Francis Church Hall, Glenview Road
Early 2020 Programme
DATE: Thursday 12th March 2020 TIME: 10 am – 12 noon.
Time marches on & so does March; hares along indeed. Time to slow down perhaps? Then come to Music Miscellany next Thursday & be entertained as Mike enthralls us all in his inimitable style with a selection of Music from the 60’s (I remember it well).
For a truly sociable, fun morning come to St. Francis Church Hall, Glenview Road, (Top of Beechfield Road), Boxmoor, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 1TD. You can park nearby in Glenview Road or Beechfield Road. All welcome; we look forward to seeing you.
April 9th: Maureen will enthrall us with her eclectic choices of music
May 7th NO MEETING (venue is polling station)
June 4th: Michele’s choices will no doubt have a French flavour
July 2nd & July 30th: Joan & James will (separately) enthrall us, aided by yours truly.
August & November slots are still available.
For a truly sociable Thursday morning come to
St. Francis Church Hall, Glenview Road, (Top of Beechfield Road), Boxmoor, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 1TD.
You can park nearby in Glenview Road
or Beechfield Road. All welcome.
Contact details: please see The Digest
Group Page: Musical Miscellany
Post expires at 12:59am on Saturday August 1st, 2020