Announcements from other organisations

Courses and activities

Ballet Show

The Tutor for U3AC ballet is also the Director for the Cambridge Russian Ballet School. Their annual show is on Sunday 30 January at the Cambridge Junction.  If you are interested in attending, more information is available here:

The Cambridge Patient Led Research Hub (PLRH)

are holding an online webinar that highlights how they work with patient charities and organisations to co-produce quality research to benefit patients. Three charities ( PKD CharityRing 20 Research and Support UK CIO and Lupus UK’s Cambridge Support Group ) will share their experience of working the PLRH.

Online (free) event details
Date: Tuesday 25 Jan 2022
Time: 12:00 noon to 1:00pm
To register:

Event description:

A live Webinar for patients, members of the public, charities and patient organisations wanting to find out about co-producing research with the PLRH.
Join us over the lunch period (with your food!) to hear from three very different charities who will share their journey from developing a research idea into a co-led research project with the PLRH.
As well as providing an overview of how research trials are set up and the methodology used, this session will illustrate how patients and families’ important research ideas can be addressed. See to learn more about the Patient Led Research Hub.

There will be opportunities to submit questions throughout the session.

Booking is essential, to register:

HIAM Sports & Social Club, Putney Hill Rd. Prickwillow, Ely, Cambs. CB7 4UU

Phone 01353-688269   Website:   Contact details on website.

Lovely dance floor. Licensed bar. Wheelchair access. Raffle. Free Wifi. Ample free parking.

Pay at the door. Doors open at 7pm. (1 pm for Tea dances)

Please note: for the time being, evidence of vaccination is required for entry.


Saturday 22nd January – Richard Keeling  – 7:30 to 10:30, £6.50 for members. £8 for non-members.

( At regular ballroom+sequence dances, if you are a non-dancer and just want to come along for a drink and to listen to the music, there is no charge.)

Research Studies

There are no studies at present.

Requests for volunteers

Reading Volunteers Wanted!

King’s Hedges pupils are hoping to welcome a reading volunteer to help with their fluency and understanding in Key Stage One (ages 5-7).

Prospective volunteers will be required on a regular weekly basis on a day that suits their schedule between 2.30pm – 3.10pm.

If this is something you would be interested in, please ring the school on 01223 518330 or email at and ask for Hayley Lett, English Lead.

Current as of November 2021

Cambourne Village College

is looking to appoint a number of Invigilators to assist with the directing of public and internal examinations.

Invigilators are a key part of the examinations process, being the person to assist in setting up and supervising the exam room and candidates, ensuring that the examination is conducted according to regulations.

Full training is given for this role and no previous experience is required.

Salary: £10.87 per hour (NJC scale 1 point 3) including holiday pay

Contract: Part-time casual contract (zero hours) mainly during the GCSE exam/Mock exam period but also to cover internal exams that take place throughout the year.


08:15 start -morning session.

13:00 start -afternoon session, ending around 15:30/16:00 Successful candidates will be asked to commit to most of the exam sessions, especially those taking place in May to June.

College Information

Cambourne Village College, an over-subscribed, Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ secondary school eight miles from Cambridge, opened as an academy of the Cam Academy Trust in September 2013.

For further information, an application form and to apply for this post please visit our website:

Please attach a letter of application (consisting of no more than 2 sides of A4 when printed).

Add-Venture in learning volunteers needed for short courses in 2022

Members of U3AC are being encouraged to volunteer to help people who are blind, from all over the UK to access a number of courses in 2022.

Add-Venture in Learning is a charity which runs a number of short courses each year. Sighted companions are needed to accompany blind, and visually impaired clients. No particular training is required, just a positive, flexible, kind attitude, and an interest in people. Companions are on duty from five minutes to breakfast until after the evening lecture.

In 2022 Add-venture in Learning is running several courses including, Norwich Past and Present (13-17th June 2022) and The Centre of Alternative Technology – Mid Wales (26-30th September 2022). Sighted helpers are needed for both. For more into visit:, or email:, or phone: Janet Whapples Tel: 07746 712705. More courses including possibly music will be available in due course.

“If any visually-impaired U3ac members are interested in ioining our courses, they are most welcome,” said Janet Whapples, Chair – Add-Venture in Learning.

Gill Godber says: “In August 2021, post-lockdown, I was privileged to accompany a local friend (who is blind) on an archaeological dig near York. We spent 4 days staying at York University and attended a ‘History and  Archaeology’  course organised by Add-Venture in Learning.  There were 29 people in our group, and a couple of guide dogs. We discovered the value in learning about the past by looking at physical remains.”

No previous experience of guiding a blind person is necessary. However tips are available on request.

Gill concluded: “I would really recommend it as a way of making new friends, and learning too!”

Proposed survey of leg cramps

We are two retired medical practitioners who wish to enlist your help in a survey into nocturnal or so-called leg “rest cramps”. They occur predominantly in older people which makes a study amongst U3AC members particularly appropriate.

Although these cramps are common very little is known about their causation or treatment.

We are unaware of any recent comprehensive survey of rest cramps in the literature, and we plan to rectify this by collecting anonymised data with an on-line questionnaire. The object is to increase our understanding, raise awareness and encourage further research. We believe that if we can persuade enough of you to help us, we could produce a useful and meaningful contribution to our understanding of cramps. Whether or not you suffer from cramps we would like you to take part in this survey so that we can compare the two groups. Some of the questions may seem irrelevant and personal but we have planned it carefully to see if we can get to the root of the problem. Even if you decide to do only part of the survey that information could still be of value.

The study will ensure complete confidentiality and anonymity. Those collecting or analysing the data will not know the names of the participants. The data will not be passed to anyone else.

Requests for surveys are very common these days. Shops and others use them to increase their sales, but our aims are truly altruistic and purely designed to help cramp sufferers. Please help us if you feel you can. Should we succeed in our task we would hope to present our findings to a U3AC audience.

With our thanks in anticipation.

Bill Everett, MCh FRCS. Retired Consultant General Surgeon. U3AC member

Robert Whitaker, MD MChir FRCS Retired Consultant Urologist. Lecturer in Clinical Anatomy. Previous U3AC member and course lecturer.

Please use this link to access the questionnaire:

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:

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 6 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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Alan Baker

In the Autumn Terms of 2020 and 2021, a course of talks by Alan Baker explored the personality of nineteenth-century Paris.  Alan was a member and then leader of a U3AC Easy Rambling group for seven years (2005-2011) and for ten years (2012-2021) has given lecture courses on the historical geography of France. A considerably expanded version of his last course is to be published as a book which considers the changing landscape and society of Paris from 1789 to 1914 during which its population burgeoned from half a million to almost three million.

Alan’s book examines the making of a distinctive urban personality through the construction of monuments and architectural icons, through the city’s massive re-modelling by Napoléon III and Baron Haussmann, through its five world exhibitions, through its emphasis on food, fashion and fun, and through the ways in which Parisians sought rural release from urban pressures. Finally, Alan considers the self-harm done to the cityscape of 19th-century Paris by revolutions and wars and the damage inflicted on it by 20th-century hubristic politicians and architects.  The Personality of Paris: Landscape and Society in the Long Nineteenth-Century will be published by Bloomsbury on 10 February 2022.

Ian Whybrow – a selection of poems written as part of a collection called Poetry with Legs.

Click HERE to view the poems.

More details can be found at