Coronavirus Update

u3a monthly lecture meetings on hold again.

Updated 6th January 2022

Due to the current limitations on meeting numbers we regret that our full monthly meeting programme is suspended for the time being. We hope to resume the monthly meetings in March.

The well-being of our members remains our priority and we will therefore ask that if you plan to attend a meeting:

  • You are double vaccinated, or
  • You have recently had Covid 19 and have a high antibody level confirmed by a recent blood test, or
  • Medically you are unable to be vaccinated, or
  • You have proof of a negative test taken 24 hours before any face to face meeting

Interest Group meetings may meet virtually or in person as long as government guidance is followed.

Interest Group Leaders may chose, where it is possible, to continue with their group using technology. Each group and individual members access and ability will be different. Members of interest groups please contact the relevant group leader if you have any queries.

If groups do meet in person then a special Covid-19 Risk Assessment must be carried out by the group leader for each meeting and a record should be made of the names and contact information of all members who attend.

The following Interest Groups are either operating virtually or resuming activities possibly with some limitations. Please contact the group leaders for more information.

  • Armchair Exercisers – resuming 1st July with meetings now held at The Commodore.
  • Art Group – Considering restarting meetings with smaller group possibly Easter. Watch this space. Some members have continued working alone during the pandemic. Examples of work can be found on the Art Group’s page.
  • Book Circle – Has remained operational throughout using IT but is keen to start face-to-face meetings. The group will be moving to the Winsor room in the Commodore.
  • Charabanc Club – Awaiting next Covid announcement, a trip before year end may be possible with a combination of coach and car share. Watch this space.
  • Computer Group – continuing to meet fortnightly by Zoom and email. Membership has doubled and is working well under the restrictions.
  • Craft Group – resuming activities.
  • Creating Writing – have resumed meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at 10.30am at the Commodore Hotel.  The list of topics for 2022 will be compiled shortly and the first meeting for 2022 is scheduled for Tuesday 11th January.
  • Earth Sciences Group – meet either outdoors or indoors following current Welsh Government advice.
  • Film Group – needs a new leader for when the situation allows meetings to resume.
  • French Group – are not meeting yet, as room hire is expensive for small groups, and require face masks to be worn, which is difficult when all of us will be speaking so much.
  • Garden Visiting Group – have been watching NGS and National Trust virtual garden visits during lockdown but have now resumed outdoor activities. Two successful garden visits have already taken place to Hergest Croft in May and the Tranquillity garden at Whitton in June, included a socially distanced lunch on both occasions. Currently planning the rest of the year’s visits. The membership of this group is at capacity at the moment.
  • Genealogy Group – continues to operate on a one-to-one consultancy basis.
  • Grwp Siarad Cymraeg – this well established group needs a new leader to resume meetings.
  • Music Appreciation – The group is now meeting again with it’s next meeting on December 7th.
  • Snappers Photography Group – Will start to meet again in July with three new members and others welcome. Meetings will be in the Commodore.
  • Rail Riders– will be resuming activities in December. Plans for 2022 are in progress.
  • The Readers – continuing to operate via Zoom and email. Will get back to physical meetings asap as really missing the social aspects. Two spaces now available on this group.
  • Recorder Group – Not meeting for the time being.
  • Scrabble – Still in abeyance until home meetings are allowed.
  • Singing for Fun – Resumed July 7th, now meeting in the Commodore Hotel.
  • Sunday Lunch Group – Resumed meeting in January 2022.
  • Theatre Visiting Group – Will not be happening for the foreseeable future, dependant on Theatres re-opening and people feeling comfortable travelling on coaches.
  • Virtual Travel – Due to numbers and social distancing restrictions at Celf-o-Gwmpas, Virtual Travel remains in abeyance – Situation under regular review and hoping for September.
  • Walking Group – Now up and running (well walking!!) and once again enjoying our lunches after the walk, following the guidelines for hospitality at venues.
  • Welsh History – has resumed activities meeting in the Thomas Shop.

This page will be updated as and when restrictions on u3a activities change.

Check this page for updates on what is happening.

Please pay your membership subscription

Annual subscriptions are due in March 2022. If possible please pay by bank transfer, standing order or direct debit as we are now charged by HSBC on each cheque and cash transfer.

Membership Cards

It is not sensible or cost effective at this stage to produce the Membership cards which detail the future programme of speakers, as these are subject to change or cancellation.

Membership cards are not likely to be issued until later in 2022.