2020 Issue 3
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Death Café, Tuesday 28 April: this is the first of these specific events for iU3A following the presentation at the monthly meeting by Gentle Dusk. Further details were published in our Bulletin. This one is now full, but further ones will be arranged in May. Watch out for details in the Bulletin. How about starting an iU3A Death Planning Group — so members can support each other in what to put in their plan to help relatives and the emergency services? If you are interested please complete the short questionnaire here and that will reach our New Groups Coordinator, Valerie Iles. Thanks.
Pub Quiz, Monday 11 May: this
will be an online Zoom competition kicking off at
7.00pm run by our usual quizmaster Jez. It will be run
in 'virtual' teams which will communicate with each
other through WhatsApp or by phone if they wish. Each
team has one electronic scorecard which is then sent
to Jez electronically for marking. This will be a free
event. The link for the Zoom meeting will be sent to
all who have registered. If you want to take part
please apply to Mary White here by 03 May. You can
register and play with others of your choice
(max 6) or you can register as an individual and we
will allocate you to a team.
If you have your own ideas please complete the short
questionnaire here and that will reach our New
Groups Coordinator, Valerie Iles. Thanks.
Interest Groups: about 18 of these have now moved online. Most use the Basic free package but iU3A does have two Pro accounts if you need enhanced functionality. If your Group needs support to go online using Zoom send a query with your details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advice and Support
iU3A Buddy/Support System: we have a network
that are phoning members at least once a week just for
a chat or some other form of support. If somehow you
missed this inititative and would like another member
in your area to contact you please drop an email to
Judith here or phone (07784 336219).
A message from Islington Council Leader
Richard Watts is here.
Exercise: we've mentioned previously Healthy
Generations for various online exercise classes. See here for their latest offerings.
They would all be suitable for iU3A members but they
do cost £3.00 per class. Heather is leading the
National Archive: free access to download
records digitised by The National Archives is here. This might be of interest
to many members and some Groups.
The National Office of U3A has been helping
U3As across the country with ideas of how they can
continue to offer activities to their members; Group
Coordinators are being particularly helped to
facilitate this. See their ideas here.
Netflix is making many Educational
Documentaries free on its YouTube channel, which
can be found here.
Many Groups may be interested in the following free virtual tours, all to be found here:
Tourist Destinations: The Great Wall Of China/Street Art with Google/Taj Mahal, Agra, India/Stonehenge/Colosseum, Rome/Northern Lights/Tour of Rome, Italy/Buckingham Palace, London/Pyramids/Machu Picchu/Virtual Japan
Museums: Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy/Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands/ Louvre Museum Paris/Salvatore Dali Museum, Figueres, Spain/Smithsonian, Washington DC/Museum Of London Docklands/National Gallery, London/British Museum, London/ Natural History Museum, London/Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands/The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, United States/Musei Vaticani, Vatican City/Tate Britain, London/Met Museum, New York/MASP, Sao Paolo, Brazil/Guggenheim, Bilbao, Spain/ Musée d’Orsay, Paris/National Gallery Of Arts, Washington DC/Picasso Museum, Barcelona/Virginia Living Museum/Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russia/Yale Centre For British Art/Royal Academy Of Arts, London/The National Museum of Computing on Bletchley Park/Women's History Museum, Virginia, USA/National Museum Of US Air Forces/The Museum of Flight/Anne Franke Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands/US Holocaust Museum/3D Virtual Exhibitions
A list of live virtual concerts to watch during the Coronavirus shutdown is here.
What the World Needs Now for Virtual Orchestra is here.
Many boredom-busting resources from Claire Ryan, who works for the NHS, are here.
Some variations on familiar songs are Homeward Bound, Sound of Silence and Friends Theme.
Volunteering - 'It All Depends On Us'
Time to spare now that some other iU3A activities have been cancelled? Then how about volunteering to write up 'Our Story' for 2019. We've been trying to write for each iU3A year an overview of our year's activities. You can see examples via the website here. As you can see, we have a gap for 2018-19 ....... If you are interested contact our Head of Volunteers, Sally Fox, here.
New Activities: we also are looking for a quiz master to run regular (weekly) quizzes online. Or have you thought about playing Consequences online? Want to form a group? If you are interested in any of these please contact our Head of Volunteers, Sally Fox, here.
Donating: this appeal comes from a local resident:
"As I stood clapping last Thursday I thought I could do something more useful as grateful thanks to the NHS staff working tirelessly for us all at this dreadful time. I am sure you are like me isolating at home frustrated about being unable to help even in a limited capacity. The Royal London and Barts are currently ventilating over 100 COVID 19 patients, three times their normal capacity. They are also continuing to provide critical care to all the other patients cardio thoracic, stroke, Neuro trauma and other emergencies. I am thinking in particular of the night staff who spend long hours in the hospital with no cafeteria or hot meal sustenance and would like to collect some donations from you so we could provide a box of fresh fruit to each of the hospitals for the night staff — for once a week to start with depending on your generosity. So please dig deep. I've set up a Justgiving portal here and anything at all will be gratefully received."
Covid Tracker: The
Covid Symptom Tracker is recommended by BBC and other
trustworthy bodies. The link to it is here.
As you can see, they are short of people in the U3A
If you have a quiz you want to share send it to Wil, contact details as below.
Answers to last week's Dingbats quiz: 1. Dr Doolittle; 2. Watership Down; 3. Three Piece Suite; 4. Kiss and Make Up; 5. Clean Underwear; 6. Six Feet Underground; 7. Blue Movie; 8. Tennis Shoes; 9. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly; 10. Frank Sinatra; 11. Side Salad; 12. The Three Musketeers; 13. All for one and one for all; 14. It fell off the back of a lorry; 15. West Indies; 16. Just Right; 17. Clerical Error; 18. What goes up must come down; 19. The final frontier; 20. One step forward, two steps back; 21. Glance Back; 22. Little House on the Prairie; 23. Six of one, half a dozen of another; 24. Long time no see.
Some emoji answers were inadvertently omitted from the last Bulletin. They were: 20. Barking; 21. Baker Street; 22. Hornchurch; 23. Earls Court. Apologies.