Music Appreciation Group

We shall be returning to the Wolseley Centre on Friday 13th. August for our first face – to face meeting since Lockdown and the programme we have chosen is “Waldbhune ’95 – American Night”.

The programme features Wayne Marshall, William Whyte, Cynthia Hayman, Danon Evans, Cynthia Clarey, Marrietta Simpson and Danial Washington playing and singing Bernstein’s Candide Overture and his Prelude, Fugue and Riff: Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, excerpts from Porgy & Bess, Someone to watch over me and I got rhythm.

It’s a jolly good programme which we hope you will enjoy. Don’t forget there’s no Zoom link for this programme, you’ve got to turn up at the Wolseley Centre on the 13thy. August and be ready for a 10.30 start.

Please wear a Face Mask, it’s an enclosed space.

If you are not a member of our group and you would like to join please contact us on 01752 698041 or email –

Online Talks

Forthcoming talks

All the talks listed below will be via Zoom meetings. About two weeks before each talk all members will receive an emailed invite from our Meetings Co-ordinator, asking if they wish to attend the talk. There is a limited of 95 attendees, and these will be allocated to the first 95 responses to that email. A few days before the actual date of the talk, a link to join the meeting will be emailed to those confirmed acceptances. On the day of the talk, all attendees will be automatically ‘muted’ to avoid any interruptions from background noises.  Though the talks start at 11am, you can sign in to Zoom from 10:30am.

Jack the Ripper the Whitechapel Murderer

Monday 9th August, 11am – with Paul Robbins

Paul returns to the East End of of his childhood to talk about the World’s greatest “criminal who done it” in history. In doing so, he paints a vivid and moving picture of the East End of London in the late summer and autumn of 1888 as he reviews the crimes, the main suspects and offers his own suggestion as to the identity of the Whitechapel murderer AKA Jack the Ripper.

In examining the case, Paul discounts many of the names put forward as to who the Ripper was and asks the question of whether there was actually an establishment cover up to shield the Ripper from justice.

The talk paints a picture of the East End in the late nineteenth century as it was and the daily struggle for life that drove the Ripper’s victims into a life of Prostitution and draws on the childhood memories of someone who after 45 years away from the area still regards the East End as his home.


July Newsletter

The Plymouth u3a Newsletter for July 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.

National u3a Day

The first ever national u3a day is Wednesday 2nd June 2021.

As you may be are aware, u3a day is planned to maximise the opportunity to raise our profile nationally as well as locally. Nationally, we will work towards signposting media attention to Wednesday 2nd June 2021.

The u3a will continue to update resources and advice on the national website, see u3a Day 2021. This helps us keep each other up-to-date with what is happening. The closed u3a day Facebook site has a wealth of ideas and discussion points and is a very positive community.

It is also recommended that as many individual members sign up to the national online newsletter to receive regular updates as to advice and measures being put in place during this unprecedented time.

Let’s look forward to a time to celebrate the wonderful organisation that is u3a! Thank you for your support.

u3a day, Wednesday 2nd June 2021, is set to celebrate the new experiences that come from being in your third age (no longer in full-time employment or bringing up children.) The annual event, which will take place in Volunteer Week on the first Wednesday in June, will show the amazing and diverse things that our members get up to and challenge preconceptions of what being an older adult means. The 2021 event will be enhanced by the multitude of projects, activities, outcomes and new approaches to communication that have emerged as a consequence of the 2020 Pandemic Lockdown period.


A new exciting opportunity not to missed!

Two of our members, Nicholas (John) Crick and Phil Collins, are keen Bowls players and they have decided to run a taster course of 4 training sessions for members who are interested in learning how to play the game of bowls.

This initiative is being run purely on a trial basis, however if enough people are interested, they are happy to run further courses. At the end of the course participants will then have gained enough knowledge and ability to be able to join any one of the number of bowls clubs in the Plymouth area.

The offer is open to all members irrespective of ability and experience and will be conducted informally in a very friendly atmosphere.

Sessions will be held in Central Park.

Dates: the course will commence on: Tuesday 11th of May, and run weekly through to Tuesday 15th of June.

Meeting times: every Tuesday between 1pm and 3pm

Venue: Central Park – meeting at the Sports Hub.

Requirements: Participants must meet on time, commit to the 4 week course and wear flat shoes. Equipment will be provided.

Cost: There is a £2.00 per week charge per person which is towards the cost of green fees and this is payable in full at the first session (£12.00 – non-refundable).

Places are on a first come first served basis and to book the course please phone:

Phil Collins 07712 672995

John Crick 01752 299769

or email:


Risk Assessment

Templates for Risk Assessment

Group Leaders considering resuming meetings should undertake risk assessment which takes into account the latest government guidance on Covid-19.  The following Risk Assessment Templates, provided by the U3A, will help with this. Use the Risk Assessment(s) appropriate to your interest group activity.

U3A – General Activity Risk Assessment Checklist

U3A – Venue Risk Assessment Checklist

U3A – Venue Day of Use Checklist

U3A – Workshop Activity Risk Assessment Checklist

U3A – General Outdoor Activity Risk Assessment Checklist

U3A – Walk Leader Risk Assessment Checklist

U3A – Remote Activity Risk Assessment Checklist

(They are all Word .docx files)


New Groups

From Alyson Smith, Groups Co-ordinator

If all goes well, the government says that there is the potential for us all to meet up together in July.

As some of you know, I have been asking people for their ideas for new group subjects as we come out of lockdown, renew our friendships and groups start to meet up again.

Why not add to your social activities by joining or starting a new group – enlarging your circle of friends, enjoying each other’s company and perhaps learning something new too. After all, that is what the u3a is all about.

Lots of you have already replied and I have quite a list for you to peruse, choose and maybe add to.
So, in order of popularity:

  • Travel – experiences and tips
  • History of Art
  • Art (in general)
  • Music Appreciation
  • Beginners IT
  • Making Music
  • Cooking with Yeast
  • Environmental/Climate Change
  • Archaeology
  • Books/Reading
  • Anthropology
  • Psychology
  • Philosophy
  • Library Book Group (Plymouth Libraries will supply sets of 10 books, monthly)
  • Amateur Radio (see info:
  • Italian for Beginners
  • French for Beginners
  • Watercolours 2

If you would like to join any of these new groups, please email me at and then I can set up a meeting to discuss what you would like to do next.

Calling Photographers and Artists

National u3a are rehearsal for another virtual choir entitled After the Storm.

Calling all artists and photographers. The u3a virtual choir is back, this time performing a song entitled ‘After the Storm’, composed by Richard Keoghoe of Plymouth u3a. It is a song to inspire hope for the future as we come through the pandemic and enter a calmer, sunnier time.

Richard and the choir need artistic representations of the theme, which will be used to create the visuals for the YouTube clip and will showcase the song. If you can paint, draw and capture images on camera to represent the theme, please upload your contribution to:

Entries will close on Wednesday 7th April.

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