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Online courses and activities

Concerts in the pandemic

Over the years, Clare Hall has built up a reputation for its concert programmes. Because the pandemic does not allow audiences at present, concerts are being live-streamed from the College. The first four of these are being given by Clare Hall’s Musician-in-Residence, the pianist Patrick Hemmerlé at 8pm on Saturday 28 November 2020
Acclaimed for the originality of his programmes and the depth of his interpretations, Hemmerlé is a French pianist living in Cambridge. He can often be heard performing such works as the 24 Chopin Etudes, the 48 Bach Preludes and Fugues, or lesser-known composers such as Jean Roger-Ducasse and Maurice Emanuel, whose public reputation has yet to rise to their worth. Recent pre-pandemic engagements have taken him to New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, Paris, Vienna, and Prague, as well as many festivals and music societies in England. He has published 3 CDs, which have been well received by the international press. His vast musicological knowledge, and his capacity to clarify complex musical concepts means that he is in demand as a lecturer.

Hemmerlé is laureate of the international competitions of Valencia, Toledo, Epinal, Grossetto, and more recently the CFRPM, in Paris, where his interpretation of Villa-Lobos’s Rudepoema, raised a great deal of interest. Patrick was trained in Paris at the Conservatoire (CNR), under the tuition of Billy Eidi. He has also had lessons with Ventsislav Yankoff, Eric Heidsieck and Joaquin Soriano.

To log-in to the concerts please follow this link:

The Friends of Milton Road Library

The Friends of Milton Road Library invite you to their online Christmas Event 2020.
An evening of poetry, prose and song in memory of Geoff Hales and his Travelling Theatre, chosen and performed by the Friends of Milton Road Library and others.
Wednesday 9th December
Details and Tickets:

Literature Cambridge

Now offers Online Study Sessions on a range of great literary works, taught by leading scholars.
Online Study Sessions on Shakespeare, George Eliot, Dickens, Katherine Mansfield, Siegfried Sassoon, Toni Morrison, and more:

Virginia Woolf Season

Alliance Française Cambridge

We are still here – continuing to deliver the highest quality of French lessons through our online platform throughout this uncertain period!

Our courses are now available online, and the cultural team continues to carry out our activities, such as the book club. Keep your quarantine interesting and improve your French language skills!

The Alliance Française, offers a 15% reduction on our courses for every member of U3AC. Flexible, tailor-made and diversified, there is a course for everyone. Make the best out of this quarantine and join us online!
Virginie Friend

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We run a secondhand book stall on Cambridge market and started a website at the beginning of lockdown.  We sell carefully selected paperback books, mainly fiction, and offer £1 delivery in central Cambridge (free delivery for anyone shielding or isolating).  There is also the option to order books on the website and collect from the market at no extra cost.

We offer U3AC members 10% off their first order with us.  All you need to do is enter Bookish10 as a coupon code and 10% will be deducted at the checkout.

We are trying to reach people who may not have heard about us and who would like to support a local business.


Pilatesfit, a local physiotherapy clinic and pilates studio, is offering live online physiotherapist-led Pilates classes. A twelve-week subscription costs £60 and will give you access to two classes per week from their timetable for the next three months.

They offer all levels – including sessions specially designed for older adults – so you can choose the right class to suit you.

No equipment is required to join, just a computer, Wi-Fi and an email address. It’s a simple system and after each live class, they’ll send you a recording of your session, so you can practice it again if you want to. You can book online through their website: or call 01223 914415 or email

Research Studies

There are currently no Research Studies to make members aware of.

Questionnaire from Cambridge Hub

The Social Innovation Programme run by Cambridge Hub. have come up with a plan to have an outdoor, walking tour-style exhibition of local, under-represented history here in Cambridge and we thought that this would potentially be of interest to U3AC members. Please complete the questionnaire as they would really appreciate your feedback.

Requests for volunteers

Request for help: Virus tracking

St Thomas hospital and Kings College London are running a virus tracking system using crowdsourcing.
This uses a simple app on smartphones getting people to report their symptoms. They are particularly short of “more mature people”; they have 2,000,000 “kids”.

The initial form looks daunting but you will be hitting “no” most of the time.

The daily report only takes about a minute.
Pick it up at:

Royston Arts Society

Royston Arts Society is holding an on-line art exhibition instead of the Annual Autumn Exhibition that It normally holds in Royston Town Hall. It can be accessed by going to the RAS website at and then clicking on the exhibition poster at the top right of the page. It is online from 18th September though to end November 2020.

Cambridge residents’ survey – trees and your gardens

Please can you spare 10 minutes of your time to help us understand Cambridge’s urban forest better?

Cambridge City Council recently launched the Cambridge Canopy Project. The project aims to increase canopy cover provided by trees in the city to help prepare us better for the projected impacts brought about by climate change. To achieve this we aim to plant more trees and better protect the existing ones.

There are more than 300,000 trees in Cambridge, and the majority of these are on privately-owned land like household gardens. Collectively, all of the trees across the city under all different ownership types make up an urban forest. Considering all of the trees in such a way allows us to use a unique and specific approach to managing our trees, and understanding the benefits they provide to us all.

We need your help to gather data on this portion of our urban forest. This will help us to understand how it is changing, what the pressures are upon it, and what the potential is to further grow it.

Please can you spare 10 minutes of your time to complete a short survey about trees and your gardens?

You can read more and access the survey here:
You can also find out more about the Cambridge Canopy Project here: And you can follow the project on Twitter for regular updates and information here:

Talking Together

COPE (Cambridgeshire Older People’s Enterprise), a registered charity, has introduced a new programme. TALKING TOGETHER is a free, telephone based series of 45-minute, weekly discussion groups serving older adults.

We are seeking volunteer facilitators who are:

  1. Knowledgeable in a specific area through their professional association, as docents or resulting from long enjoyed personal pursuits.
  2. Available to lead a forty-five minute discussion for periods ranging from 4,6 or 8 weeks at an agreed upon time and day.
  3. Enjoy working with older adults.
  4. Feel comfortable using the telephone to communicate with the group.
  5. Excited by the challenge of working with a programme that requires both creativity and flexibility in its approach.

If you would like further information, or are interested in exploring a role as a facilitator, please contact Deborah Katznelson

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