Retford U3A

by | 14 November 2020 | Education and Learning, Hobbies, U3A

The Retford U3A are getting to grips with life now as we know it. At least six of their interest groups are keeping in touch with each other, by using emails, Zoom, Skype and small numbers meeting outside, sticking strictly to social distancing.
Last month in Retford Life, they did say they had run their first Zoom General Meeting in August. This had been the first time since March that they had the opportunity to be together as a membership. They had intended to start in a fairly low key way, using their own membership to provide the speaker. Bob Blatchford gave his talk on his time looking at the Canadian justice system in the North West Territories to around 40 people. The word obviously got round as in September they had over 60 members register and nearly 80 people attend, to see Lt Col Richard Hall talk about his trip last winter, when he and three colleagues rowed across the Atlantic Ocean.
As a committee, the group are working very hard to try to make things for members as normal as they can be. Even though there seems little going on, presentations and emails are being sent out to individual groups, and leaders are being encouraged to look at these different options for keeping in touch and encourage potential members to hear about the U3A.
From the end of October, the committee are to introduce a ‘Buddy’ system, where those members who are not on the internet, will be contacted on a regular basis by telephone, to make sure they are alright, be updated on U3A activities and given news of their interest groups. To learn more about Retford U3A, please contact Sue Paul on 01777 705008 for details.