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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...

  • It's Time to Renew Your Membership

    28th January 2020

    Membership for the year starting 1 March 2020 is now due. This year we have introduced online renewal via PayPal. It's quick and easy and you don't need your own PayPal account. If you prefer you can still pay by cheque. Click HERE for more details or read all about it in the latest Newsletter. ...

  • Have You Seen Our Interest Groups Timetable?

    27th January 2020

    Hover the mouse over Interest Groups in the banner and you will see a list of categories.  The list also includes two special options you may not have noticed: Interest Groups Timetable - shows you what's on when.  If you're wondering what to do on Wednesday mornings take a look at this...

  • Have You Seen Our New Group News?

    27th January 2020

    Hover the mouse over Interest Groups in the banner and you will see a list of categories.  The list also includes two special options you may not have noticed: New Group News - Looked all through the Interest Groups, but nothing takes your fancy?  New Group News tells you all about new...

  • Learning to be Retired - Next course Starts 15th May

    18th January 2020

    Have you had problems adjusting to Retirement? If these words describe you, and you’ve retired in the recent years, why not come along to the next ‘Learning to be Retired’ course? The course is run by Bromley U3A but is open to all members of Bromley, Orpington and Beckenham. We will meet for...

  • Village Lunch Group Visit to Biggin Hill Museum

    18th January 2020

    Village Lunch Interest Group A Visited Biggin Hill Museum news on Thursday 16th January. Thanks must be given to Eileen and Ken Vear and the Museum Staff who organised this enjoyable visit by the Orpington U3A Village Lunch Group A. Having been given coffee and a warm welcome, the group enjoyed a...

  • Mens' Golf Trophies awarded at Christmas Lunch

    18th January 2020

    We held another successful Christmas lunch at High Elms in early December at which our 2 winners Terry Platt, left, & Gary Ramsay, right, were presented with their Trophies. Although it is very much Winter, with some courses closed because they were flooded, we still played our first 18 hole...

  • Need Help With Your IPad?

    16th January 2020

    Sevenoaks U3A Apple Group are running two seminars by one of the professional Apple companies to teach everyone how to get much more enjoyment out of using their iPad. "There are more than 20 things you can do on an iPad and each two hour seminar will show you how to use most of them as well as...

  • Gardening Made Easy is up and running

    9th January 2020

    The first meeting of the 'Gardening Made Easy' group was off to a good start this week. It is set up to encourage our U3A members to find simple ways to make our gardens look nice without too much effort and expense. Members agreed to take turns to host the group when possible. Members also...

  • Getting Started

    3rd January 2020

    Welcome to the new website for Orpington U3A.  We hope you like it and find lots of useful information to enhance your membership or encourage you to join! There are several ways to navigate around the website.  Wherever text is underlined just click on it with your mouse to take you to...

  • Shoreham Circular Walk - Wednesday 18th December

    Shoreham Circular Walk - Wednesday 18th December

    20th December 2019

    Over 20 members of the Walks Interest Group met bright and early, 10am at Shoreham Village car park, for a 3.5 mile circular walk. We ventured through woodland and farmland with panoramic views of Wealden and the Darenth River Valley. We also passed Shoreham Cross War memorial.  It was muddy...

  • Hands on Gardening Christmas Gathering

    Hands on Gardening Christmas Gathering

    12th December 2019

    Members of the Hands on Gardening Interest Group got together on for a pre-Christmas buffet lunch. Everyone brought something along and we had a veritable feast.  Gardening was hardly mentioned as we chatted, with Christmas music in the background.  After a hard fought Christmas quiz we...

  • December 2019 Newsletter available NOW

    29th November 2019

    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...

  • STOP PRESS - Orpington U3A new Website now LIVE!

    21st November 2019

     Welcome to our new website. Our Chairman, William Sear, said "This is a great new resource for Orpington U3A. Members will receive logon details after the official launch in the new year but I would encourage you all to take a look now and let us know what you think"....

  • Calling all Group Leaders

    17th November 2019

    Orpington U3A new website is coming soon! Work continues on the new website and all members will get a chance to see it soon. Group Leaders are being asked to confirm the latest details for their groups before we go live. If you are leading a group and haven't been contacted then please contact...

  • Gardening Jobs for November & December

    16th November 2019

    Winter is approaching and the nights are drawing in.  Here's a few jobs to help get your garden ready for Winter. 1, Cut back roses that have grown tall to 1/3-1/2 height to stop wind-rock. At the same time pick up all fallen leaves under roses base that have suffered blackspot or rust this...

  • Orpington U3A getting new Webpage

    16th October 2019

    Orpington U3A are developing a new website.  Watch this space for further details ...

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