Category: Plymouth u3a News Page 1 of 2

Online Talks

Coming talks

All the talks below will be on Zoom. About two weeks before each talk all members will receive an email with an invite to attend the Zoom meeting. There is a limited of 95 attendees, which will be allocated on a first come first served basis in response to the invite email.

Mayflower 400

Monday 25th January, 11am – with Brian Mathieson and Richard Keoghoe

Mayflower 400 is a videoed talk put together by the Script to Screen Group. Both Richard and Brain will be attending the talk to answer any questions.

The video is basically in magazine format, with several short pieces on different themes. It starts with a tour round Plymouth using the App that was released last year, pointing out the various places that relate to the Mayflower. Then there’s a skit about the “Mayflower Steps” and a couple of pieces about the ship’s biscuits and other food on the journey. Next, we have a historian talking about the behaviour of the Pilgrim Fathers once they reached America and finally there’s a speech from a member of the Wampanoag tribe that was planned for the 350th anniversary, but was dropped. Each section is broken up by images from last year’s Illuminate. The video is fully subtitled and should last around 26 minutes.

Working with Auntie

Monday 8th February, 10:45am –  with Christine Green

Behind the scenes at the BBC as a graphic designer. Worked on many memorable programs we all know and love.

Note: The Zoom session for this talk includes our first virtual monthly General Meeting.

New Orleans to New York

Monday 22nd February, 11am –  with Roger Browne

This talk will be an illustrated talk with live examples on the piano and is punctuated with hilarious stories about people places events that have made his lifetime journey in music so memorable.

All things Banned and Censored

Monday 8th March, 11am –  with Peter and Christine Padwick

A colourful, humorous, informative hour that covers radio, film TV literature and sport.


January Newsletter

The Plymouth u3a Newsletter for January 2021 is now available.
As newsletters are for Plymouth u3a Members only, a password is required for access. This is the same as for Member Area pages.

Restricted Content

To view this protected content, enter the password below:

If you have forgotten the password, please use the Contact Form to message the Membership Secretary and request the password. You must quote your Plymouth u3a membership number.

Help with Zoom

A Rough Beginners Guide to Using Zoom

For members of Plymouth U3A

Richard Keoghoe and Brian Mathieson have very kindly created a video demonstrating how to use Zoom. It is a very basic introduction on how to download Zoom, how to set up Zoom,  and how to join a meeting on Zoom, using your ipad, iphone or PC.

Should anyone experience any specific difficulty working with Zoom once they have watched this video, then see note in Members Area.



Keeping Fit

Keeping active from your own home

During this time of isolation, a lot of us are unable to get out and about and are not able to keep as active as we would like to. Perhaps the time has come to consider looking at the options available which provide guidance and advice on keeping active in your own home. The Plymouth U3A Committee invite their members to take the opportunity to do this by referring to the following websites.

At NHS Fitness Studio you’ll find lots of different exercise videos. There’s a wake up workout, belly dancing, couch to 5k and beginners aerobics. Also strength and resistance classes with no equipment needed, Pilates and yoga with specific options for those with back or knee problems, arthritis and osteoporosis, and a seated yoga workout. Why not give it a try?

Alternatively, try a simple ballet exercise class aimed at the over 50’s, at Ballet Based Movement. Susan Jacobson demonstrates simple moves with her Mother Elizabeth who is in her mid 70’s.

Sport England with Join the Movement has advice and video classes for all age groups and for less able people. Tips and guidance on how to keep/get active in and around your home with a section for older people.

We’ll get back to a fitter, leaner U3A in no time!

Janice Cawthorn

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our dear friend and colleague Janice Cawthorn.

Janice has been a member of our U3A for 10 years and a committee member for 2 years – taking on the role of speaker co-ordinator to ensure we had a varied array of speakers at the monthly General Meetings. Her love of literature, travel, cinema, performing arts and music was always in evidence and readily shared with anyone and everyone.

In her working life, Janice was a Tax Inspector in the Inland Revenue Plymouth Tax Office situated in Pearl Assurance House Royal Parade. As you all may know Janice was afflicted with a very rare condition, this was made worse as result of an operation that was meant to improve things, however there were complications and so resulted in things being made worse.

She was a fervent supporter of causes and would often put pen to paper to support them. Janice also had a great talent for languages and could converse in several different ones – including Russian. I know those in attendance of the Marina Litvinenko interview in Feb 2019 would recall how we all sat in wonder as Janice conversed with Marina in fluent Russian, when offering Marina our thanks.

We can all only admire the tenacity, selfless attitude and relentless independence of someone who, despite of adversities that would have driven others to seclusion continued to be a very active, vibrant and lovely person to know and work alongside.

She will be very sadly missed by us all.

Coronavirus Latest

Please see the Coronavirus page for the latest information from Plymouth U3A

Committee Nomination

Committee Nomination and Voting Guidlines

Committee nomination form and voting guidelines have been added to the members area of the Website.  Nominations close at end of General Meeting, 11th May. Voting for the new committee takes place in June.

See: Members Area (requires a password for access)


Open Day 2020

Plymouth U3A will be hosting an Annual Open Day on Monday 29th June 2020 in the Plymouth Guildhall.
The opening times will be 11:00am to 3:00pm (there will be an hour allocated either side of these times for set up/clearing away).
It is our intention to extend an invitation to all other local U3A’s to join us on the day.
Further updates on this day will be posted nearer the time. The usual monthly general meeting will still take place on Monday 8th June.

Page 1 of 2

Powered by WordPress & Theme by Anders Norén