October Cinema

Their Finest Hour

 Monday 1st October 2.pm

     Ace Café 2pm

Adelaide Row

Price of Ticket £2.00 (includes cup tea/coffee)

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East-Durham Artists-Network

Dear friends and colleagues,

In conjunction with the current edan exhibition ‘Ghosts’, at the Art Block, East durham Artists’ Network have organised a film-based event for the afternoon of 17th September, at the Art Block, 74 Church Street, Seaham (SR7 7HF).

You are cordially invited for refreshments at 1.30 followed by the Ribbon Road film ‘Giving Up the Ghosts’ and some further film-based material about young people in post-industrial areas like our own.

The ‘Ghosts’ exhibition was inspired by the work of Geoff Bright from Manchester Metropolitan University who is interested in the idea of ‘Social Haunting’. Social Haunting refers to the ways in which our past as a community and as individuals, affects our present lives and is especially relevant with reference to questions of identity and social confidence in areas which experienced rapid de-industrialisation. Geoff and his colleage Professor Gabrielle Ivinson, who has been working with similar ideas with young people, mainly young women,  will be presenting the films and any subsequent discussion that they might provoke.

The event will end at 4.00pm at the latest.

Please come to what promises to be an interesting afternoon.

RSVP if possible to this email address.

Best wishes,

Jean Spence (on behalf of edan)

August Newsletter.


Welcome to the August Newsletter.

The National Office has been working hard to complete the work for the conference, coming up very soon. I am looking forward to meeting many of you there.

We have had a good response from MPs who have all received a copy of the report Learning Not Lonely (Living Life, Expanding Horizons and Challenging Conventions). The great enjoyment that members have from learning together, being together and sharing their skills and the huge difference that they make to local communities is being recognised.

We are now spending some time looking at what materials local U3As use in the interest groups and how we can provide and share material that is of interest to them. We will be guided by Subject Advisers, Shared Learning Co-ordinators, Research Ambassadors and of course local U3As in what they feel is useful.

Sam Mauger
Chief Executive

In this issue…

News on Volunteers
Hearing Access protocol
U3A in the press

News from the Trust

Shaping our tomorrow

A small number of places remain available at this year’s national conference – book online at conference.u3a.org.uk as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

There are a range of workshops on offer, the chance to meet and share ideas with colleagues from U3As around the country, and of courses the all-important AGM.

If you cannot make it to the AGM this year, be sure to tune in to the live video stream. We will be broadcasting from approximately 09.00 on our YouTube channel and at conference.u3a.org.uk/agm.
National programme of workshops

The Third Age Trust national workshop programme for U3A members and committee members is proving extremely popular and there are a number planned around the country.

The workshops have been designed to provide support, information and knowledge to the U3A movement.

Please visit the events tab of the website: https://workshops.u3a.org.uk/  for further information and details of how to request a workshop or to book on to an existing one.
News on volunteers

Trust Volunteers continue to make a hugely significant contribution across the U3A movement.

This includes a group of Volunteer Trainers who are working with Research Ambassadors and Subject Advisers to develop a workshop on presentation skills. This will be rolled out to also to any interested U3A group leaders as a second stage. Trust volunteers will also be centre stage in supporting signposting and registration at this year’s conference.

There are several regions where more volunteers would be welcome so if you would like to get involved or find out more about the roles please contact sophie.wellings@u3a.org.uk

Lifelong learning

Research and News

Read the latest news on Shared Learning projects and research such as Cottonopolis and the Philatelic Society, published next week at sources.u3a.org.uk

Hearing access protocol

Members of Forth Valley U3A and Callander U3A have played a key part in the launch of a new Hearing Access Protocol that aims to make meetings and events less stressful and frustrating for people with hearing loss.

To read more on this and the latest news please go to u3a.org.uk

Educational events

National summer school

A successful National Summer School has taken place at Harper Adams University in Shropshire. Members taking part from U3A’s across the country. Cryptic Crosswords, Garden History, Mathematics just some of the courses offered.  The next Summer School takes place in Cirencester in September.  See more on our social media pages at  https://www.facebook.com/u3auk/

Other national events

Places are now booking for three exciting new national U3A events in October taking place around the country.

At the Whitworth Gallery, Manchester members will get an in depth look at one of the largest global collections of textiles and wallpapers dating from the 1st century AD to the present day.

·  Unravelling the Whitworth’s Collections

·  The National Museum Cardiff  with a Performance from the Welsh National Opera

Exploring the Solar System at the Royal Institution

Learning resources

U3A Plus

Chairman of U3A Plus, Hilary Jones, writes: “At the recent national Summer School in Shropshire,  it was good to see U3A members with mobility issues or impairments feeling enabled to enjoy the wide range of learning opportunities on offer.   All members took a full part in the courses from Play Ukulele to Garden History.

The organising team were ever present and willing to try and sort out any problem. Members were given any assistance requested, accessible rooms, help at mealtimes, lifts to seminar rooms and help with luggage.

I was delighted to see first-hand, that U3A learning is accessible to all.

You can learn more about U3A Plus and access the information and learning at https://plus.u3a.org.uk/

News from the subject advisers

The latest updates and news from the national subject advisers are now available on the Subject Advice section on the website.

·  Genealogy

·  Jazz appreciation

·  Living history

·  Mah jong

·  Play reading

·  Storytelling

The Trust wishes to thank Margaret Tomlinson and Geoff Preshner who are stepping down after many years supporting U3As as subject advisers.

News from the Board

Chairman of the Third Age Trust, Pam Jones said:
“The very hectic NEC year has come to a close and there will be some changes to the Board from September.  This year the ‘object’ clause was changed, the Trust constitution updated, we had to formulate policies on Safeguarding of vulnerable adults, Diversity, Equality and that GDPR, which is still something of a mystery to some.  Hopefully, the next year will mean less work for everyone but don’t relax just yet!

Those of us retiring will miss the camaraderie of the NEC.  Serving on there can be frustrating and at the same time rewarding and we will miss it. We send our  love and Very Best Wishes to all those who follow us.  We will be watching from the sidelines!”

Other news

U3A in the press

The U3A movement has been featured in this month’s edition of the newspaper The Mature Times.

You can read the article at https://www.maturetimes.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/MT_AUG18_APP.pdf

Kathleen O’Donnell (Paisley U3A) has featured in a film for the Scottish Opera Pagliacci Community Chorus.  You can watch here at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfDKMHgwj10

In Focus

David, Rochester U3A

“I was a police officer and I then changed career and taught horticulture to teenage children with special  needs for 14 years.  So It was so funny to be back at Harper Adams Agricultural University for this year’s national summer school.

“I joined U3A about 5 years ago because friend recommended it and I go three times a month to my Ukulele group.  It’s very friendly – everyone supports everyone else and we learn. In fact I learn something new every time I go. We have fun all the time but there is some serious learning going on – I have learnt some difficult chords for example but you are encouraged and you practice until you get it.

“I am disabled and I find everyone at U3A has always helped and supported me.  When you think what you get for just £12 a year – it is really fantastic –  I get learning, friendship and support. Now I am trying to persuade my neighbour to join


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Where do Medicines come from

Time: 10.30-12.00, Registration 10.00.


Venue: G21/22 Devonshire Building, Newcastle University, NE1 7RX


Organiser: Voice Global/Newcastle University.


The events sub committee have been working with ‘Voice Global’ on events and we are pleased to announce the first one ‘Where do medicines come from’.

Understanding scientific and medical research, aims to achieve broad understanding and acceptance of humane animal research in the UK to advance science and medicine.

Sometimes controversial to some, this is a very important element of scientific and medical research and we should understand the reasons animals are used and have the opportunity to debate the subject.


More details will follow shortly including the agenda and details of the speakers delivering the session.

Please read the attached notice which included details of how to register. Although the University will be managing the registration, could we also ask you to advise us by email after you register so that we can keep a track on the numbers.

Regards Mike Martin and John Lloyd

Email: mjmsurrey@hotmail.com


Seaham Field of Remembrance Project


As part of the fundraising for the poppies in aid of Seaham Field of Remembrance Project, Alan Smith, one of our members, will give an illustrated talk on Seaham, Pre-Londonderry to the present day.


This will take place on Monday 

24th September at 2pm in Seaham Town Hall.

Tickets at  £2 each are available from Malcolm and Alan.

All are welcome and tickets will be available on the door.

There will also be a raffle.