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Renewal and New Membership Applications Still Being Taken
Membership Fees January – August 2021
To help our U3A survive financially during these difficult times, we will be charging a Membership fee of £10 to all new and existing members, from 1st January to 31st August 2021. This will help to cover the costs that we continue to incur. For example, office rental, Wifi, telephone rental, membership fee to U3A National Office (£3.50 per head, payable in March 2021) and the distribution of our quarterly Newsletter.
For those of you currently participating in either our online, or outdoor activities, your renewed membership will enable you to continue participating (provided outdoor Groups are permitted under Government Covid-19 regulations). You will also continue to receive all communications from your U3A, including a quarterly Newsletter and regular Mailchimp emails, keeping you up to date with all our news and activities. Also, you will have the opportunity to join any new Groups commencing. As usual, you will be given a new U3A Membership number, which you will need to provide when joining Groups and Social Events..
Members who choose to renew will also have the benefit of early registration, once we are able to offer a Programme of our more usual Groups and activities.
For members who are interested in using Zoom but would like a bit of help, why not try the Zoom guidance available from National Office. Follow the appropriate link below to get started:
www.u3a.org.uk once open, in the search field enter "how to guidance". Scroll down until you see Zoom (Phones and Tablets) - account registration and starting a meeting and
Zoom (Desktop)- account registration and starting a meeting and select the appropriate link.
DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
ALL OUR NORMAL MEMBERSHIP ACTIVITIES ARE CURRENTLY SUSPENDED
If you wish to contact us please use the following email addresses and we will get back to you as soon as possible...............
We have a lively Facebook page with over 100 members who enjoy sharing photo's, videos, links to live webcams and generally enjoying the online company of other members. The site is managed by Mavis Jackson, who checks every application to ensure each person is a current Bournemouth U3A member, or has been invited to join by an existing member. No political posts are allowed. Many have found the page a helpful way of passing the time, keeping in contact and even making friends with members they would not usually meet. All details remain private unless you choose to publicise them. Why not check it out for yourself, the link for the page is www.facebook.com/groups/921421178287596.
In spite of all the restrictions to our daily lives and routines, postponement of our classes, etc. imposed upon us since March 2020, the months have flashed by!
Members of the Fun Photography Group continue to rise to the sometimes challenging weekly themes thrust upon them and produce even more colourful, innovative and delightful photographs
Viewing each other’s photos on line weekly and - from time to time - discussing via a Zoom meeting, strengthens the shared interest and friendly bond that has kept us together during this difficult period.
Here are the programme of topics/themes and links to photos taken over the past few months, which we hope you will enjoy!
All good wishes
Pat Gibson & David Cox
Leaders, Fun Photography!
Summer Holidays (Semi Lockdown). Monthly Themes – JULY, AUGUST & SEPTEMBER 2020
Topic 12. HAPPY HOLIDAY SNAPS - 22nd July 2020
Topic 13. SUMMER FLOWERS - 27th Aug 2020
Topic 14. BEACHCOMBING! - 21ST Sep 2020
Autumn Term 2020 and Lockdown through the Lens Take 2
Topic 1. BARKING UP THE RIGHT TREE! - 7th Oct 2020
Topic 2. MINI BEASTS! - 14TH Oct 2020
Topic 3. BRASS AND/OR STEEL! - 21st Oct 2020
Topic 4. SHEEP OR SHORE - 28 Oct 2020
Topic 5. AUTUMN COLOURS - 4 Nov 2020
Topic 6. STRIPEY SHOTS! – 11th Nov 2020
Topic 7. TOOLS FOR THE JOB! - 18th Nov 2020
Topic 8. CUT AND DRIED! - 25th Nov 2020
Topic 9. THE OLD CURIOSITY SHOT - 2nd Dec 2020
Topic 10. CHRISTMAS! - 9th Dec 2020
Spring Term 2021 and Lockdown through the Lens Take 3- Focus on the Future!
Topic 1. DRINKING IN THE NEW YEAR! - 13th Jan 2021
Topic 2. CHOOSE YOUR CHIMNEY POTS! - 20th Jan 2021
Topic 3. SCOTTISH CONNECTIONS! - 26th Jan 2021
Topic 3. BLACK AND WHITE! - 3rd Feb 2021
Topic 4. SPRING SHOOTS! - 10th Feb 2021
Topic 5. COLD & FROSTY MORNING / COOL COLOURS - 17th Feb 2021
Fun Photography Group - Leaders, Pat Gibson & David Cox
Within a week of the Spring term ending, self-isolating for our age group started and any plans for holidays, visitors etc. cancelled. Panic buying began! Life as we knew it changed overnight.
It was soon obvious that our Summer term would be cancelled but we were determined our Fun Photography group would continue in some form! Via telephone conferences, we devised our 'Lockdown Through the Lens' programme, whereby we would give members a weekly project, all do-able from home and strictly Sunday to Sunday. Members submit their weekly photo to David electronically who would then forward the result to all the whole group online; also giving them the next challenge!
The results have been brilliant and everyone is enjoying keeping 'connected' in this way. All the photos are being stored both online and on a memory stick so that we can all enjoy a slide show when 'normal services are resumed' !
Here are some online links to the four topics so far, we hope you enjoy the photos:
Topic 1. GOING GREEN
Topic 2. THE VIEW FROM MY WINDOW
Topic 3. MY FAVOURITE LOCKDOWN MEAL
Topic 4. WONDERFUL WATER DISTORTIONS
Following on from projects 1-4 (as above), the Fun Photography Group enthusiastically pursued weekly topics, 5-11, as listed and illustrated below, producing wide and wonderful interpretations on a theme!
Now officially on the Summer break, it was agreed to continue with a monthly topic, which will hopefully be featured here in due course. The weekly challenge will resume in the Autumn term.
When lockdown restrictions were eased, members were out and about with their cameras snapping extraordinary sights locally, notably the 50-60 BA aircraft at the Airport and the four cruise ships lined up in the bay for a few days. One of our guest speakers, Dr George Green, also took a photo of what we think may be an Airbus A340 flying masks/PPE into Bournemouth Airport! It has a big thank you to the NHS on its side. These have been added here to our lockdown library of photographs below
Topic 5. TRANSPORT – 10th May 2020
Topic 6. STILL LIFE WITH (LOCKDOWN) FRUIT – 17th May 2020
Topic 7. Sunrise/Sunset - 24th May 2020
Topic 8 . REFLECTIONS - 31st May 2020
Topic 9. TEATIME! - 7th June 2020
Topic 10. THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS! - 14th June 2020
Topic 11. A SWEET PICTURE! - 21st June 2020
PLANES AND CRUISE LINERS! In addition to the above topics, various members of the group sent in photos of the BA planes parked up at Bournemouth airport and the cruise liners moored in the bay off Bournemouth. At one time there were four cruise ships in the bay seemingly with nowhere to go!
We have seven regular members of the song-writing group, and to my knowledge it remains the only song-writing group in the U3A in the UK. All the members, including the newest and the members that write lyrics only, have written songs that now have melodies and recorded demos. Some members have over 30 songs in their repertoire and some of those had never written songs before joining the group. We have a lot of fun every week and write for a variety of genres and subjects. New members, musicians, singers and/or writers will always receive a welcome. If you would like to hear some of the songs that the group members have written, we have a website where it is free to listen to them www.soundcloud.com/mavis-ellen-jackson.
TERM DATES ARE CURRENTLY UNCERTAIN DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC