Hungerford & District U3A
Dr Kathryn Harkup
The Poisons of Agatha Christie
Not a live event - but to be run over Zoom
11.00am Thurs 25 March 2021
Kathryn Harkup: Science communicator, chemist & vampirologist.
Kathryn is a chemist and author. She completed a doctorate on her favourite chemicals, phosphines, and went on to further postdoctoral research before realising that talking, writing and demonstrating science appealed a bit more than hours slaving over a hot fume-hood. She writes and gives regular public talks on the disgusting and dangerous side of science.
Kathryn’s first book was the international best-seller A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie, which was shortlisted for a Mystery Readers International Macavity Award and a BMA Book Award. She has also written Making the Monster: The Science of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Her third book, Death by Shakespeare: Snakebites, Stabbings and Broken Hearts was published in March 2020.
Zoom joining details will be emailed to members in good time for the event - just make a note in your diary. If you are not a member but would like to see this talk, please use the contact page (Speakers/Events).
Virtual Coffee Morning Thurs 25 Feb 11.00amThis proved to be a successful test event with over 20 members enjoying a range of chat sessions. We will follow this up with another opportunity soon and possibly make this a regularly available opportunity for some social chat.
We have added a new page - called SHORTS. This will include short stories and group features. Please take a look and feel free to send us a contribution.
The King Lear Prizes is a creative arts competition open to those over the age of 65
- Choose from a range of different creative arts - Art, Poetry, Real Stories and Solo Musical Performance
- Enter with people at the same level as you - Separate categories for beginners and for more experienced amateurs
- Improve and hone your skills - Hints and tips to help you create your masterpieces, with extra help for beginners
- Be recognised for your work - Over £2,000 in prizes, certificates if you are shortlisted, with hundreds of special commendations for high-quality work
- Free to sign up for more information with no commitment - Only £5 to enter. The King Lear Prizes is a not-for-profit organisation.
Don't forget ...
We are members of the Thames Valley U3A network and they organise various events including online 'study days'. You can visit their website at
Here are some of the upcoming events
Thursday 11th March “Brunel to Eden”, a talk about engineering in architecture.
There is no fee for this event as Bjon is a u3a member.
As at 16th February, this event is full and no further applications will be accepted by the Organiser.
Wednesday 17th March 2021 “Sweet Thames” (Part 1) This study day will be held over two mornings.
Thursday 18th March 2021 “Sweet Thames” (Part 2)
4 talks given by different speakers on the Ecology and History of The River Thames.
Cost £3.00 per device
Closing date for applications Wednesday 10th March
Wednesday 24th March - Women in Art and Photography.
Closing date for applications Monday 15th March
For details of this event and how to book download the flyer below
DO YOU ENJOY WRITING STORIES??
Whether you have a secret ambition or you are experienced or even published, the Hungerford U3a Creative Writing group is a joyful and inspiring place to be.
We meet once a month, currently on Zoom, and swap our writing news, have a live writing exercise and a project is set for the coming month. This is a very relaxed group without pressure or criticism, only positive feedback and encouragement.
Why not start 2021 with a new interest and meet new friends?. You will be made very welcome. Please contact Iris Lloyd via our contact page by clicking here.
Protecting Yourself Against Scams & Fraud
Following from Steve Roberts talk, he has kindly provided a useful fact sheet. This includes some useful web links as well as general advice.
Please be vigilant - this is a headline from today's (Wed 27 Jan) BBC website .....
Victims typically lose £45,000 each owing to investment scams
Our 'end of lock-down' Zoom talk! Held on Wed 2 December at 11.00am
Based on his aclaimed book “Bagels and Bacon” ( published by The History Press in 2011)
This excellent talk is now available as a video for members who missed the presentation - click here to access.
'Fishy Tales' by Kevin Little. Live Zoom presentation 31 Oct 20
If you missed the talk or would like to hear it again please click here for the video.
Membership for 20/21 runs from 1 October 2020 - 30 September 2021.
The fee has been reduced to £8 which will be sufficient, when coupled with our reserve, to cover our necessary expenses (insurance, Third Age Trust, newsletter, admin) and still enable us to get back into general action when circumstances allow.
We have set up an electronic renewals process in addition to the paper forms, and details are available here. If anybody needs help or would prefer to be sent a form by post, please contact our Secretary, Linda Patemen,via the website contact page. Please note that it is ESSENTIAL that we have a completed form to ensure we are abiding by all the data protection rules.
Many thanks to all those who have already renewed - much appreciated considering how little we are currently able to offer. However, we are optimistic that things will improve in the not too distand future.
Chair Yoga - regular sessions each Tuesday
This is not a U3A funded event - but is open to anyone. A small donation if you are able. Go to the page for more info
ALL GENERAL MEMBER MEETINGS ARE CANCELLED UNTIL GOVERNMENT ADVICE CHANGES.
Some groups are finding ways to operate a limited agenda using online facilities - coodinators will contact their members if this is possible.
Use the U3A link on the top menu to find out what other suggestions are being put forward. If anyone is able to help establish any activity during the crisis, please contact us via the Contact page under General enquiries.
National Theatre free streaming has now finished but we recommend a look at what's on offer on YouTube!
Try this link
Over 20 groups are now up and running. Please visit the Groups page to see the latest information. However, in these difficult times not many are able to meet - other than by video link. If you haven't discovered Zoom we suggest you investigate, even if it's only for communicating with friends and family. For a FREE video conferencing App that is easy to use (and safe now that they have fixed some security issues) it is remarkable.
Meanwhile - table tennis out of action again during lockdown! Check the Groups page for more info.