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  • Update on Coronavirus - Monthly Meeting CANCELLED

    14th March 2020

    Dear U3A member On Thursday the government announced that the UK is moving out of the contain phase and into delay, in response to the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak. Although large meetings are not being specifically banned at present, the announcement stated that in the coming weeks, the government would be introducing further social distancing measures for older and vulnerable people, asking them to self-isolate regardless of symptoms. Having a duty of care towards our members, the Committee has decided that we should take steps ahead of any instruction from the government. The March, April and May Monthly General meetings have been cancelled. The monthly coffee mornings and Coffee, Cake and Chat at the Buff have now been cancelled until May Group Leaders are asked to consult with their members, taking into account any requirement to travel by public transport and whether the meetings are held indoors in a public building. Individual members should make their own decisions...

  • Orpington U3A - Latest advice on Coronavirus

    11th March 2020

    From Third Age Trust Chief Executive Sam Mauger All U3A committees have been asked to keep fellow members up to date with advice about coronavirus and to make the following recommendations. In the situation that any U3A Orpington member thinks they may have been at risk of contracting the...

  • Gardening Jobs for March

    10th March 2020

    The storms continue, but signs of spring are all around us. Here's a few jobs to be getting on with in the garden this month: Apply a general granulated fertiliser to your beds. Mulch around plantsPrune Winter Jasmine and divide Snowdrops when in the greenStart to mow the lawn (on a high setting)...

  • Birdwatching Group events for 2020

    3rd March 2020

    The group meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month to visit parks, rivers and reserves local to Orpington or farther afield, to look out for birds and other fauna. We have a gentle walk and try to finish with a welcome cup of coffee. Generally we meet at the venue at 10 a.m. or 9.30 a.m. at...

  • Village Lunch Visit to Chislehurst Caves

    20th February 2020

     We were shown round by Geoff, an American from Texas who tried to scare us with stories of Ghosts and noises of bombs as we walked part of the twenty two mile cave system. We held lanterns and kept close together for fear of being left behind in the dark. During the war the caves sheltered...

  • London Region Summer School

    16th February 2020

    London Region Summer School will be held on 21st, 22nd and 23rd July 2020 Bookings have opened for the 2020 Summer School. Every year these summer schools become more popular and the programme this year should ensure that trend continues. This year the general theme is The ‘Twenties’ – A...

  • Gardening Jobs for February

    10th February 2020

    It doesn't feel much like Spring is coming with storm Ciara at our doors but there are signs that it is on the way.  Here's a few jobs to betting on with in the garden this month: Lift perennials that need dividing whilst clearing beds of rotted plants etc.  Divide using two forksCut...

  • February Newsletter Available NOW

    6th February 2020

    The latest newsletter has now been published. For those of you who still receive this in the post it will be hitting your doormat soon. Here's 5 good reasons to think about taking the newsletter by email: You'll get it sooner (hear all the latest news whilst it is still hot off the press)The...

  • Ambling London Visit to Islington, Wednesday 29th January

    Ambling London Visit to Islington, Wednesday 29th January

    5th February 2020

    It was a crisp, bright day when eighteen of our members went for a walk around Islington, led by Janet Curry. We started with a stroll through Chapel Market (c1820), which is adjacent to Regents Canal. Islington is an area of largely Georgian style five story properties with a basement and...

  • SE London Network Newsletter now available

    29th January 2020

    The January 2020 edition of the South East London Network Newsletter is now available with information about many topics including Summer School events.  Click HERE to access the Newsletter or find it alongside our own Newsletters in the News section of the menu. Orpington U3A don't...

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