Recent Group Leader Emails Etc

Group Co-ordinator is Julia Whitburn at 01962 881699 or email



On 16th November the following message was sent to all Group Leaders:-

Dear Group leader,

The next U3A newsletter will be published in early December, and it would be lovely to be able to include news from groups who are managing to function at all during these strange times.

If your group is meeting on Zoom (or other virtual means), could you let me know please? And perhaps you could add a couple of lines about how it is all working and how you are overcoming difficulties?

Copy to me by Thursday 19 November please.)

Thanks and best wishes


Julia Whitburn (Groups Secretary)




On 24h June the following message was sent to all Group Leaders:-

Dear Group leader,

We hope you are well and enjoying the good weather. Thank you to those group leaders who sent in descriptions of how they were keeping in touch with their members during lockdown; these were extremely interesting a few were included in the June Newsletter. (Please note that the next Newsletter will not be until September, with copy deadline 20 August.)

I attach two items:

For your information, I am sending some advice from the South East office in case you find it helpful


A message from Freda Bates regarding further reporting on activities.


Do please continue to get in touch with any questions or any changes for the groups list.


Best wishes to you all and your members

Julia Whitburn (Groups Secretary)





On 18th April the following message was sent to all Group Leaders:-

First, we hope you are well – that is the top priority at the moment.

Second, I know that many of you have been keeping in touch with your members, even though it has not been possible to meet for some weeks now. This is much appreciated, and also can be an important contact and support for members, especially those living on their own.

Third, we are thinking ahead to the next newsletter which is due out in early June. It would be very good to be able to include reports from group leaders as to what they have been doing to keep in touch with members, and any on-line activities that you have been able to organise. Short reports of a single paragraph would be welcomed. Could you send your reports to our chairman Freda Bates in the first instance please ( )? Copy deadline is 20 May, but it would be helpful if you could let Freda have reports at least a week before this so that she can assemble them.

Finally, you may wish to look at the web site of the national office for the University of the Third Age (,uk ) for their information and advice.

Thank you again for all you are doing at this strange time.

Best wishes

Julia Whitburn (Groups Secretary)





The following message was sent to all Group Leaders on 17th March:-

Dear Group Leader,

With the best interests of all our members at heart the committee have decided to cancel the April and May monthly meetings and re-schedule the speakers. This message will be put on the website. We will make every effort to keep you informed about developments for subsequent months.

We are relying on group leaders to pass on this information as not all our members use the internet. Given the diversity of our groups, their members and their venues we ask group leaders to consult with their members and make a decision to meet or not on this basis. A possible outcome of this projected lockdown is depression and feelings of loneliness and isolation. Please keep up everyone’s morale with phone calls and emails etc as much as you can. Already the brighter light and welcome spring flowers are helping to lift our spirits until, in the words of Vera Lynn, “We’ll meet again!” and not before too long I hope,

Freda, your chairman.




All existing Group Leaders should have received the Latest version of the Group Leaders Guidelines. A copy is available.




The minutes of the Group Leaders meeting on 23rd May 2019 are now available. It is important that all Group Leaders read the minutes whether they went to the meeting or not.