Message from our Chair

Hello to all members. I hope some of you have managed to take a break from lockdowns and routines, perhaps a staycation or a visit to family and friends. Some may even have ventured abroad in spite of the reams of paperwork and threats of quarantine. But as summer fades we have much to look forward to. Autumn, after all, can be a lovely season.

When I was youngster I remember adults using the expression: ‘the nights are drawing in’. Being young and naive, I did not really understand that it meant that it is becoming dark at an earlier time in the evening, because autumn or winter is approaching. The days draw in and the mornings also get darker.

As we approach September it’s happening now as we leave the long summer nights behind. Fortunately we can begin the meet indoors and welcome the restarting of some of our much-missed Interest Groups.

However Covid has not gone away and although many restrictions have been lifted ‘Hands, face, space and fresh air’ is still relevant. To allow a degree of sensible social distancing, some groups are booking bigger rooms.

The venues we use for meetings have their own risk assessments in place for the use of the building for both Covid and generic risks and members are encouraged to consider personal risk and consider their own circumstances before joining any activity.

Sunday 22nd August was the John Godber Centre Open Day. The idea was for groups that use the building to set up a stall to display and advertise what they do. We had member volunteers Maureen Newton, Sue Foss, Rose Ridley, Barbara Ives ,Siobhan Lee and myself available to explain to visitors what we as a u3a can offer to people in their ‘3rd Age’. My thanks to all of them –see the article in this month’s newsletter.

David Rose, Chairman

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