14 February 2024

What’s on next week

Tuesday 20 February at 1 pm – The Film Group screening will be Madame de… at Arts Picturehouse.

Wednesday 21 February at 2.15 pm – Wednesday Lecture entitled Princess Charlotte of Wales: the first ‘People’s Princess’  by Dr Anne Stott. Booking is now open to attend in person in the Pink room – please contact the Office.

Reminders – Courses and talks

One off talk – contact the Office to book a place

The effect of climate change on wine: will Cambridgeshire be the new Burgundy?

Speaker: Janne Hallinan

Date and time: Friday 1 March, 11:50 – 12:50

Venue: U3AC, Pink room


England’s wines have been winners when it comes to climate change, with English sparkling wines regularly winning international awards. But why? What is it about climate change that has made such a difference? In this lecture we explore the factors and their impact on making high quality wine. We look at the future. Can East Anglian and Cambridgeshire wines really compete with Burgundy? Please note, this is NOT a wine tasting.

After an extensive career in project management and implementing technological change in broadcasting, Janne followed her passion and retrained in wine, including writing a dissertation on Wine Production in a Changing Climate: assessing the impacts from vine to bottle. She is a wine writer, judge, and presenter.

Attending courses when unwell

To prevent the unnecessary transmission of germs we kindly request that you do NOT attend courses if you are experiencing cough or cold symptoms. Please consider your fellow U3AC members, some of whom are particularly vulnerable to infection. Thank you for your cooperation.

Vacancy list

If you are interested in applying for additional courses, there is a Vacancy list on the website showing all courses currently with spaces; this is regularly updated.

Reminders – Events and Visits

Ron Gray Conference – Ageing as Adventure: Reimagining Later Life

Thursday 21 March 2024

Queen’s Building, Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge

10.00 – 16.00

We are very lucky to be collaborating with Professor William Randall, Derek Brewer Visiting Fellow. He is Professor Emeritus of Gerontology at St. Thomas University, Fredericton, Canada. Professor Randall is an expert in narrative gerontology, which bridges the social sciences and the humanities with a vision of ageing that integrates insights from narrative psychology, narrative medicine, and narrative theology. Join us for a really interesting day which will include presentations and workshops from experts in the field.

The conference will include tea and coffee from 9.30 and a buffet lunch in the College’s Old Library. To cover catering costs the conference attendance fee will be £22 and booking in advance is required.

Bookings are now open via the U3AC Office and payment can be made by Bank Transfer:

Payee: U3AC no2 account

Sortcode 08-92-99

Account Number 65863363

Reference: your surname and conference

or in person by credit or debit card in the U3AC premises.

Closing date for booking is Wednesday 13 March. If full before this date, names will be taken for a waiting list.

Visit to The National Stud and National Horseracing Museum, Newmarket

A visit to The National Stud and National Horseracing Museum, Newmarket, has been arranged on 18 April 2024. Application forms are now available from the Office and on the Trips and visits page of the website. Cost £41 (or £36 for ART FUND members). Closing date for applications is Friday 22 March 2024.

Summer events

As announced, U3AC will again be hiring out its classrooms to a language school this summer, which means that we are unable to run a Summer School. However, we again plan to run a Programme of Events for members during the summer vacation. Our aim is to make it bigger and better than last year’s, but we need a small working group of members to help with this.

Please let the Office know (office@u3ac.org.uk ) no later than Friday 1 March if you would like to join this group. You will need to have ideas for interesting activities that are not classroom based (and, ideally, free of charge) and be willing to take on some responsibility for the organisation and management of the Programme. Your fellow members will be very grateful to you!


Reminders – Other

Course Programme gaps

The Courses Committee and Council ask members from time to time if they would like to tell us about ‘gaps’ in the Programme of courses and activities.

Whilst we know we have a rich and varied offer from tutors from year to year, we also know that members may have been thinking ‘I wish there was a course on……’

Of course, whether we can fill the gaps depends on if there are members who might be prepared to offer a course on one of the suggested subjects. So we cannot guarantee that what you have identified will actually happen, rather to anticipate that there may be a prospective tutor willing to have a go.

Submissions for courses proposed by tutors are invited next month, so this request is timed to fit that part of our schedule. The suggestions made will be collated and tutors asked to think if any of them is something they could offer. We also encourage members who are not yet tutors to contemplate offering a course.

Please send suggestions by Friday 23 February to: suggestions@u3ac.org.uk

John Procter, Director of Studies (Courses), on behalf of the Courses Committee

Tutor Support Handbook

For anyone considering leading a course or activity, the Tutor Support Handbook (TSH) is an invaluable resource and contains everything you need to know. It has recently been revised and updated. If you would like to have a look at the current version, you can view it on the ‘Running a course’ page of the website here: https://www.u3ac.org.uk/about-courses/running-a-course/

Wednesday lecture amendments

Since the newsletter was printed, we have had to re-schedule two of our lectures. One of which is today’s lecture (details above). The other is

6 March: Britain’s war aims and global expansion in the Napoleonic Wars by Dr Jacqueline Reiter

Exhibitions in Bridge Street

Cathy Parker has refreshed her paintings on the second floor Social Area Gallery. She has put some different landscapes up for you to view for the next few weeks. The works are in acrylic and other media and include landscapes and still life.

The Photo Forum have refreshed their exhibition and replaced 16 of the 20 images of their work in the gallery on the first floor. Photos are a combination of landscapes and cityscapes taken by the group; local, national and international. How many can you recognise without resorting to the titles? The exhibition will be available for three weeks when it will be renewed with another set of images. We hope you enjoy them.

Members’ noticeboard

Are you organising your own event, have something to sell or simply have a query you want to put to other members? We now have a public and a members only online noticeboard section on the website – please note this is not an interactive page and it is managed and moderated by the Office. Please contact the Office if you would like to post something on the Members’ noticeboard.

Other organisations

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