Group names changed

As groups have been started, stopped and changed about, their names have changed. So we have made some of the names more logical and standardised the formats, e.g. where there were some groups with the same name, they are now <name> A, B, etc, instead of 1 and 2. This will also make it easier, we hope, for members to find their groups.

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Group NumberOriginal Group NameNew Group name
177Card Making BrkhmstdCard Making B (Bk)
048Card Making HHCard Making A (HH)
082Creative Writing JCreative Writing C
090Discussion Group E (Brkhmstd)Discussion Group E (Bk)
019Genealogy BrkhmstdGenealogy A (Bk)
051Genealogy HemelGenealogy B (HH)
095Italian Language & CultureItalian (Language & Culture)
156Italian Step 2Italian (Step 2)
027Literature Group A (Brkhmstd)Literature A (Bk)
028Literature Group B (Brkhmstd)Literature B (Bk)
030Literature Group E (Boxmoor)Literature C (HH)
157Lunch Club 1Lunch Club A
203Lunch Club 2Lunch Club B
092More ItalianItalian (More)
067Opera - IntroductionOpera (Introduction)
041Play Reading 2Play Reading A
042Play Reading (Brkhmstd)Play Reading B
050Shorter Walks BShorter Walks
217Table Tennis 1Table Tennis A
224Table Tennis 2Table Tennis B
195Writing: Testing the WatersWriting (Testing the Waters)

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Groups Restarting Meetings Post Lockdown

We are pleased to announce that the following groups have started / will restart their meetings, face-to-face.
Note that a few have confirmed that they are continuing on Zoom for the moment and one is working entirely via email.
Note also that there have been some minor name changes to standardise the formats, there is a list here.
There is a list of the cancelled groups here and of those suspended here.
See the Group Pages for further information.

Armchair Traveller: St John’s Hall, start Tuesday 17 August
Art Club: Gadebridge Community Centre, started 23 July
Arts, Crafts and Skills: Zoom
Astronomy – Practical: St Mary and St Joseph Church Hall
Badminton (New Group): Hemel Hempstead Leisure Centre, starting 9 December
Book Reading Group: St John’s Church Hall, start 20 September
Calligraphy: Leverstock Green Village Halle, start 6 September
Card Making A (HH): Sundew Road, start 5 October
Card Making B (BK): Open Door Cafe, Berkhamsted (change to venue), start 21 Jan 22 (ex Zoom)
Classical Music Appreciation: St Francis Church Hall, start 14 October
Computer Programming: Zoom
Computer Support: St John’s Church Hall, start 24 September
Creative Writing A: Zoom
Creative Writing B: Wrensfield, start 15 October (Note: Change to Friday from Thursday)
Creative Writing C: by Email
Cribbage & Scrabble: Adeyfield Community Centre, start 13 September
Cycling: Various outdoor locations, start 2 September
Exploring London: Various London locations, start 28 September
Exploring Towns and Villages: Various outdoors, start 16 September
Flower Arranging: Highfield Community Centre, start 9 September
Folk Singing: Adeyfield Free Church (change to venue), start 8 September
French Book Club: Highclere Drive, HH
Garden Visiting: Various outdoors, started June
Gardening A: Various outdoors, started July
Genealogy A (BK): Zoom
Genealogy B (HH): St Paul’s Parish Room (change to venue), start 20 September
German Improvers: St John’s Hall, started 2 August
Industrial History: St John’s Hall, start 15 September
Italian (Language and Culture): St john’s Hall, start 23 September
Italian (More): Various member’s homes, start (Note: change to days)
Italian (Step 2): Adeyfield Community Centre, start 10 September
Japanese Language and Culture: Various homes, started 26 August
Jazz Appreciation: St Francis, start 7 October
Latin – Beginners: Various homes, started 23 June
Latin – Intermediate: Various homes, started 23 June
Literature A: Various homes in Berkhamsted, started November
Literature B: Various homes in Berkhamsted, started August
Literature C: Zoom
Local History: St John’s Hall: start 28 September
Lunch Club 1: various locations, start 12 October
Lunch Club 2: various locations, start 26 October
Magic Introduction: Buglass Room, Leverstock Green Village Hall, start 3 September
Mahjong: St John’s Church Hall and Bovingdon, start 15 September (Note: change to locations)
Military History: St John’s Hall, start 1 September
Musical Miscellany: St Francis Church Hall
Money Matters: St John’s Hall, 13 September
Nature Study: Outdoor meetings
Needlecraft: Potten End
Opera – Introduction: Bovingdon, start 24 September
Out with Friends: St John’s Hall and various outdoor locations, start 3 September
Painting for Pleasure: Guide HW, start 28 September
Painting for You: adeyfield Community Centre, start 24 September
Patchwork: Guide Headquarters, 6 October
Pencil Drawing: Adeyfield Community Centre
Philosophy: Friends Meeting House, HH, started 19 October
Photography: St John’s Hall
Playing Early Music: Various members’ homes, start 27 September
Play Reading B: Zoom
Play Reading B (141): Location changed to Berkhamsted: starting 7 September
Poetry Appreciation: Piccotts End, started June
Poetry Writing: Gravel Lane, start 11 October
Practical Astronomy: St Mary and St Joseph Church Hall, start 9 September
Railways: Continuing on Zoom, ongoing
Reading: Middle Way, Berkhamsted
Russian: Briar Way, started May
Science and Technology: St John’s Church Hall (Change of venue), start 27 October
Sewing Bee: Adeyfield Community Centre, start 7 September
Shorter Walks: Various outdoor locations, started 17 June (Note: now only once per month)
Swimming (Berkhamsted) (was Watford): Berkhamsted Leisure centre, start 21 October (Note: change to location)
Table Tennis A: Adeyfield Community Centre, started 8 August
Table Tennis B: Adeyfield Community Centre, started 11 August
Tea Dance: Apsley Community Centre: started 31 August
Ukulele: Grovehill Community Centre: started 4 August
Urban Sketchers: Various locations, started 6 June
Walking: Various locations, started 1 June
Wild Flower Study: Various locations, started 30 June
Wine Appreciation: St John’s Hall: started Friday 30 July
Writing: Testing the Water: Berkhamsted, started 3 June

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Classical Music Appreciation – 9 December

Our final meeting this year will be on Thursday 9th December, when we will have a festive programme for you to enjoy.

In the first half, we will have a festive Bring Your Own session. If you would like to have played a piece of music with an advent/nativity/Christmas element to it, then please e-mail Jack Scrutton (Coordinator) with the details-the composer, work, performer(s) and duration (maximum 10 minutes).

After coffee/tea and mince pies, our very own chorus will lead you in carols for choir and audience, so come prepared to join in the singing!

As usual we meet at St Francis Church Hall, Glenview Road, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 1TD, from 10am until 12 noon. All are welcome-just turn up.

Post expires at 11:59pm on Friday December 10th, 2021

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Exploring London – 22 December

Friday 22 December 2021   London Christmas Lights Trail
(If oversubscribed,  there will be an additional date).

The Christmas Lights trail is around 4 miles and a maximum of 2 1/2 hours, led by Susan Woodhams

Meeting point,  Trafalgar Square,  4.30pm start,  finishing by 7pm. at Somerset House. Full details will be sent in confirmation email.

If you wish to apply for this walk,  please email the coordinator via the group page after 9.00 on Friday 1 December with a maximum of four persons per application. Please give your full names and u3a numbers.   If you have any queries regarding this walk, please contact Susan via Coordinator

Please comply to current Covid restriction at all times,   carry a mask and hand sanitiser with you, see U3A guidelines and link to Members Self Assessment  Member Self Assessment – u3a Dacorum

As groups restart in person we recognise that we all owe a responsibility to each other to reduce the risk of spreading the virus and have become accustomed to the “Hands, Face, Space and Fresh Air” precautions. 

Post expires at 11:59pm on Friday December 24th, 2021

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Groups Suspended (for now)

The following groups are temporarily (we hope) suspended for various reasons.
If you believe that you could run one pending the coordinator being available again, please contact the Groups Secretary, on the main contact page.

Bus Trippers (183) – due to start again in 2022
Chaucer (225)
Circle Dance (011) – until 2022
GOAL (036)
Discussion (HH) (010)
Knit and Natter (175) – start date to be confirmed
Knit and Natter (198) – no current plan for re-starting but under review
Literature E (083)
Modern British History (149)
Quiz (053)
Rug Makers (213)
Shakespeare (056)
Spanish with Fun (187)

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Group Cancellations

We are sorry to say that the following groups have been cancelled, for various reasons.
If you would like to re-start the group, please contact the Groups Secretary

A Cappella (147)
Belleplates (062)
Board Games (070 and 212)
Bowls (006)
French and Fun (015)
French Conversation (014)
Garden Appreciation (016)
Geology 1 and 2 (021 and 184)
Line Dancing (022)
Music Appreciation (034)
Painting Unlimited (09)
Recorder Ensemble (148)
Sign Language (227 and 189). May start again next year.
Shorter Walks A (050) (Shorter Walks B (050) is continuing)
Sunday Scrabble (055)
Swimming Berkhamsted (226)
Ukulele 2 (192)
Whist (091)

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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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