Email From Regional U3A

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Tuesday mornings
– any time between 9.30 and 11.30
Email for an invitation,
include the name of your U3A to
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In early May, ITV’s new Isolation Stories featuring Sheridan Smith aired.
The programme itself covered loneliness and introduced “Get Talking”.

HM Government “Let’s talk loneliness” HM Govt link

Sewing Bee

Hello from The Great British Sewing Bee team
I am writing to let you know that we are starting to think about the future when the current restrictions are lifted and when we will be able to bring you another series of The Great British Sewing Bee.
We are closely observing government guidelines, but at some stage after the Covid-19 situation has improved and it is safe to do so, we’ll be filming the next series.

We are now looking for the sewers to take part and we’re keen to hear from both male and female sewers of all ages.
So if you or some you know is a talented amateur sewer then please do encourage them to apply at

Applications Close: 23.59pm on Sunday June 7th 2020.

It would be very much appreciated if you would help us spread the word to anyone who may be interested in applying by sharing the attached poster & flyer.
Please be reassured that in applying for the series this does not involve asking potential sewers or any of our team to travel, we are able to work safely from home and are continuing to process the applications now for Series 7.
We would be more than happy to answer any questions at :

 Art in The Tees Valley
I am writing to you and the members of your U3A to let you know about the MIMAZINA community journal which is commissioned by the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art  and being published online for a period of 12 weeks. The journal is designed and created by the artist group Foundation Press. (Here I have to confess an interest since my son is one of the founder members of Foundation Press; it is a not for profit organisation which develops design and editorial projects with artists, students and communities). Each issue aims to share ideas, stories and voices from the Tees Valley during this time of change. It is made with many collaborators and has an ongoing open call for content. For example each week they have a feature called ‘Our Homes Are A Museum’ in which they ask people from the area to photograph an artwork which they have in their home and to write between 500 and 750 words about it. This might be an artwork made by someone we know, something that reminds us of a time or a place or simply something that we love or that has an interesting story. You will find other suggestions for contributions in the actual journal which can be accessed below

I am fearful that this may sound like an advert but this is not my intention. Rather, as a member of the Oundle U3A I know how much we are missing our groups, visits and chats which we so enjoy and I would dearly love to have a similar project which I could contribute to in the area where I live; unfortunately this is not the case. At the very least the magazine provides interesting reading for your members. Despite living some 200 miles away I look forward to reading MIMAZINA each week. If, having read the magazine  you feel you would like to contribute yourself then I am sure that both Foundation Press and MIMA would be very pleased to receive your ideas.

With kind regards

Gill Phillips

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