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Further Postponement of AGM

The planned in-person AGM cannot take place on 19th January 2021 due to the Government's Covid-19 restrictions. An announcement will follow in due course.


John Turnbull

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of John Turnbull, one of our members since the early days of 2004, who supported our U3A in many ways until he moved to Bristol in 2015 to be nearer to his family. Never wanting to be in the limelight, John was our first Treasurer and the current Treasurer is still using the system he devised. He helped to set up our website; was instrumental in developing our Constitution and obtaining Charitable Status for us; was an encouraging and supportive Groups Coodinator for several years; acted as Business Secretary where his eye for detail was very evident; and often took the role of Group Leader whenever called upon. Always patient and unruffled, he held the respect of all who knew him. Our thoughts go to his family at this difficult time.


Notice of the Annual General Meeting of
New Mills & District U3A (postponed due to pandemic)

This will take place on Tuesday 19th January 2021 at 10.30 am in New Mills Town Hall.

There are vacancies for Chair, Deputy Chair, Business Secretary and Committee members. Nominations should be proposed and seconded by members of the U3A, with the agreement of the nominee.

Nominations for these must be made in writing and sent to:-
the Business Secretary, Christine Wass,  3, Lea Road Hayfield,  High Peak. SK22 2HE
to be received at least 14 days prior to the meeting date. (by 5th January 2021) 

The appropriate forms can be obtained
a)  by email: secretary@newmillsu3a.org.uk
b)  requested by post from the business secretary:-   Christine Wass,  3, Lea Road, Hayfield, High Peak.  SK22 2HE

Covid-19: Advice for Group Coordinators

Advice is available on the Group Coordinators' page.

Postponement of AGM

In normal circumstances, our AGM would have been held on Tuesday 17th November 2020 but in the current situation your Committee has decided to postpone it to Tuesday 19th January 2021. We hope that by then we will be able to go ahead with the AGM in the usual face-to-face fashion, and further information will be provided during December.

If it proves to be impossible to hold the AGM on that date, or if that meeting is not quorate, we will consider alternative dates and methods of holding the meeting and will let you know later.

It is hoped that the majority of your Committee will continue in their current roles, but we already have one vacancy for a general committee member and others could arise in the coming months – so please start to consider whether you would be willing to join us when the time comes. The position of Vice Chair has been vacant for two years and recent events have shown how useful this position can be.

If anyone would like further information on becoming a Committee Member or on taking on a specific role, please email Lesley Mason at chair@newmillsu3a.org.uk

October Newsletter - Coronavirus Autumn Special

Click here to read the October Newsletter.

Third Age Trust Winter Learning Programme

Click here to read the Winter Learning Programme.

Singing for Fun is now happening on Zoom

We meet at our usual time 1.15pm on the first Monday of the month.

It's not the same as singing together at Providence Church but so far those from the group who have joined in seem to be enjoying it. Our tutor leads us for 75 minutes and still makes it fun!

U3A Radio Podcasts

The first ever U3A radio officially launched at 2pm 29th September directly after the national AGM.

The national office learning team have been working with member volunteers who are skilled in broadcasting and you can keep listening to U3A radio wherever you are as it is delivered as a recorded podcast.

This pilot features a series of interviews and features from across the movement - for the launch - all themed around looking forward.

We are very excited about this project which we aim to grow and develop over the coming year. There will be another pilot before Christmas.

We hope you enjoy our first broadcast. Please tell your friends and colleagues to tune in! If you have an interesting story to tell - get in touch - you can email us at: communications@u3a.org.uk


Current Affairs

The group will be meeting via Zoom
starting on Wednesday October 7th from 10am - 11 30am.

The Group leader will contact existing members with details.
Any new / prospective members to apply via Groups Coordinator.

Geology is re-starting

See the Geology Group page for details. Please contact the group leader if you wish to attend.

Groups re starting September 16th at Spring Bank
and 17th at St. George's Church Hall

Group leader will email members with details.

Science and Society is Zooming

This group is now running via Zoom.


RHS Bridgewater garden

RHS Bridgewater garden will not be opening now until next year. We have booked to go there on Thursday 1 July 2021. Please put this date in your diary. Something to look forward to!



Appeal from the Groups Coordinator

WANTED a GROUP LEADER for a second Genealogy Group.
The original group is full and has a long waiting list .
If you are interested in becoming a leader or want more information please contact the Groups Coordinator.



January 2021