11 May 2022

What’s on next week

Wednesday 18 MayWednesday Lecture entitled A symphony of terror – 100 years of Nosferatu will be given by Matthew Daintrey-Hall.

New items

40th Anniversary events

A programme of events to celebrate our 40th Anniversary is now available, events start later this month and include garden parties, tours and wine tastings. Places need to be booked in advance and payment can be made at the U3AC Office in person using a debit or credit card or online using Eventbrite (who charge a non-refundable booking fee). Full details are in the programme on our website


Update – U3AC and Covid

Finally, Covid appears to be receding, although it has by no means gone away completely. Infection rates still remain high, although severity of the disease is diminished for most of those who contract it. So, with the start of the Summer term, now seems a good moment to reconsider our guidance to members while in Bridge Street and any external venues in which we hold classes.

We remain a high risk demographic group, so some measure of precautions still seem appropriate.

If you are in any way unwell, please do not attend classes, as a courtesy to other members who may be more vulnerable. Please be aware that you may be asked to leave if you arrive displaying symptoms. (In some classes it may be possible to attend by Zoom or obtain the materials from the tutor for the sessions you missed).

The classroom windows in Bridge Street will be open to provide ventilation which can be supplemented by the air conditioning to circulate air within the room.

At the start of term tutors and attendees may discuss and agree what approach to take collectively to wearing face coverings during classes. Some tutors may wish members to wear face coverings in their class; please respect their request.

U3AC staff will continue to wear face coverings when moving around the building and talking to members.

In the event that you are unfortunate enough to catch Covid and have recently attended a U3AC course, please contact the U3AC Office staff, so that the tutor and other members of the class can be informed.

We will continue to keep the situation under review and provide further U3AC specific guidance as circumstances necessitate.

Tim Ewbank, Chairman

Reminders – Courses

Summer School 2022

This year’s Summer School will be held from Monday 11 July to Friday 5 August. Would you be willing to offer a one-off talk or course during this time? Please contact the Office to request instructions for submitting the details via our website. Closing date for proposals is Tuesday 31 May.

Talks and courses may be held in person in the U3AC premises or via Zoom. Although there is an option on the form to run it hybrid (Zoom and face to face simultaneously), we will not be able to offer it this time.

Lectures survey – please complete

Both the Wednesday and Norah Boyce lectures have proved extremely popular online again during the past year. We are now repeating a member survey held at this time last year, to assess members’ preferences for different formats of lectures – Zoom in person or a combination. Here is the link to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Y8HMHJS

Your views are important in shaping the programme for next term and beyond. Please respond by Friday 20 May, the results will be published shortly after this.

Walking football

U3AC is looking to establish a walking football activity members. Contact Geof Tamulonis on 01954 583262 or gpt1946@gmail.com to register your interest.

Walking Football is aimed at the over 50’s women and men playing together, looking to exercise in a relaxed, friendly and inclusive environment.  It is all about fun.  The U3AC activity would be run in conjunction with Forever United, Cambridge United Community Trust’s (CU) community engagement programme.  Their focus is to combat social isolation, promote positive physical and mental health and empower people to live healthier lifestyles.

Course feedback

On behalf of Courses Committee, Tutors and the Office I’d like to thank all those members who completed the Survey about courses that finished at the end of last term. All tutors have now received their individual feedback from the Office. I know many are grateful to learn what their course members said and will use the information positively for planning their next courses. The composite data is seen by Courses Committee in confidence, and that overview helps us in supporting both tutors and members in the future. The response rate was 61%, up by nearly 10% from the autumn. That is very pleasing too. Thank you

Maggie Balshaw, Director of Studies (Courses), on behalf of the Courses Committee

U3AC Film Group – Summer Term programme: 19 April – 28 June 2022 – Reminders & requests

It’s great to be in the second season of films post pandemic lockdown. Members attending films are reminded to arrive before 1.00 pm for our shows as all our films start promptly on the dot as there are no ads or trailers. Members attending are kindly reminded to ensure that mobile phones and other electronic devices are adjusted and switched off; last Tuesday’s showing of a silent film had competition from at least two devices!

I am delighted to see many of you returning to our regular Tuesday shows, however, I am conscious that some of the most faithful members from the past, and for whatever reason, have not returned. If you know of any who are still in the area, and who used to belong, please encourage them to return, and similarly if you know of any friends who are interested in films do get them to come along to try what’s on offer.

I shall shortly be working on the Autumn Term programme of films before submitting it to Picturehouse for approval. If any of you would like to see a particular film, or to see a past choice again, or to see the work of a particular director or actor, please let the office, or myself, know by the 16th May at the latest – Jeremy Buncombe

Reminders – Events

Trip to Sutton Hoo, Wednesday 22 June

Application forms for this trip are now available on the U3AC website https://www.u3ac.org.uk/social/trips-and-visits/ and in the Bridge Street office. The closing date for applications is Monday 30 May, a ballot for places will be held after this date.

Reminders – Other

U3AC gallery area

There are some beautiful pictures on display in the gallery area on the first floor by John Tordoff. These are on sale and a donation of the proceeds will be donated to U3AC. ‘These recent paintings of mine, with one or two exceptions, concentrate on the urban feel of life in the inner city. Many are of night scenes involving traffic. The street lighting, against darkened skies, has allowed me to work towards maximum contrasts in tonal values’.

Paintings in the U3AC Social area by Mirko Junkovic

‘The two paintings on show were completed following several painting & drawing expeditions to the Essex and Norfolk coastlines. Inspired by expansive coastal panoramic vistas, the movement of clouds, unpredictable changes in light, the effects of the wind, shifts in temperature, the feel and smell of the air; my paintings are a personal response to these vital natural phenomena’. For more, see www.mirkojunkovic.com

Other organisations

U3AC supports other local organisations by listing their activities on the Other organisations page of our website https://www.u3ac.org.uk/social/other-organisations/