August is the time Retford U3A usually pause having monthly meetings. This year they have not met at all, but it is a time to reflect on what they have managed to achieve.
Twelve months ago they had flirted with Zoom, but by last summer a number of the interest groups had really got to grips with it. Monthly meetings have also been run using Zoom and these proved so popular they started running them twice a month.
Their first speaker told of his time shadowing a Canadian Magistrate in the North West Territory of Canada. This was followed by Colonel Richard Hall, who 18 months ago was part of the British Army team who broke the World Record at rowing across the Atlantic Ocean. Retford U3A member Bryan Gladstone gave a talk about his mother, who was a GI Bride, and another member, Adrian Sumner, told of his time in the RAF flying the Vulcan Bomber.
They’ve been told about the Muddy Fork Project at Idle Valley, Poets of The Great War, Artwork from Paper to Wood, the Life of a Factory Inspector and the Centenary of the British Legion.
None of this could have been done without the support of a very active committee. They are beginning to work towards meeting ‘live’ again in September but it all depends on ongoing restrictions. On the plus side, they will continue using Zoom until they can meet once again.
Retford U3A are seeking new committee members for next year – a trustee to liaise with the North Notts U3A Group, a secretary and a group coordinator. They would love to hear from you if you’re interested.
If you want more information on Retford U3A call their membership secretary, Sue Paul on 01777 705008 or see their website.