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URGENT NOTICE

MONDAY 16 MARCH 2020

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE

As of THIS EVENING the whole of Maghull & Lydiate U3A is now CLOSED.

There will be NO COFFEE MORNINGS AND NO GROUPS WILL MEET until further notice.

This is as a result of HM Governments latest advice to everyone recommending “that people avoid all unnecessary social contact, this is particularly important for people over 70, for pregnant women and for those with some health conditions”.

As we are all responsible, at this time, for the wellbeing of ourselves and those around us we feel that for the sake of those Members who may have underlying or pre-existing health conditions (that those around them may not be aware of) or are simply concerned for their health, we have taken this difficult decision to close for the benefit of all Members, as ultimately, no one knows what the outcome of this epidemic will be for individuals or how long it will last.

We would urge all of our Members to help and support one another over the coming months, and in particular those who will be facing increased isolation and loneliness.

The U3A National Office has issued further advice as to how we should manage this ongoing situation which supports and justifies our decision to close. This information can be found at The Third Age Trust website.

Further information can be found on the HM Government website “Gov.uk” where you will also find links to further health advice and particularly this link to the Prime Ministers statement today.

We appreciate your continued support, cooperation and understanding at this very difficult and stressful time.

Thank You.

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The Maghull & Lydiate University of the Third Age is part of a national and international network of U3A groups. A self-help organisation for people who are retired from full time work by all means, it provides many educational, creative and leisure opportunities for its members who share their skills & experiences in a variety of ways.

You can find out more at our open Coffee Morning held every Tuesday 10.00 – 11.15  in the main hall at Maghull Baptist Church Hall Hall Lane, Maghull.

Why not come along and find out why many hundreds have joined us since we started in Maghull 10 years ago. Follow this link for an interesting video about one U3A’s experience. Read more below.

Weekly Information, read out at the Tuesday ‘coffee mornings’, can be found as ‘Notices’ on the web site. Previous weeks can be found by using the  Search  ‘Notices’  box at the top right side of the Main pages.

More about U3A

The University of the Third Age or U3A as it is generally known was originally started in France and arrived in this country in 1982. It’s is a self help style of  adult education where members contribute their skills and expertise, learning from one another in small groups. The word ‘university’ is used in its original sense, that is a collection of people devoted to learning.

Learning?

You do not need any qualifications to join nor do we give any. Our focus is on enthusiasm and involvement. Membership is open to all who are no longer in full time employment. Started in Maghull in 2007, the membership has grown rapidly to over 800 members. There are more than 60 interest groups whose leaders, all volunteers, can be consulted any Tuesday at our regular Coffee Mornings.

Fun!

There are also numerous recreational and social activities providing vital physical and mental exercise. For many, U3A has become a valuable means of mutual support and companionship. Why not come along – learn about Art, Poetry, Painting, Family History, Computers or Technology. Or perhaps you would like to learn a foreign language, take up Dancing, Taiji or photography. There is much more. A  world of opportunity awaits you!

You can meet and talk to any of the group leaders on Tuesdays at our regular Tuesday Coffee Mornings.

Chairperson:  Dot Brannigan