Great Glen

Great Glen u3a 2020

A monthly update on the events of Great Glen Branch is published in the monthly Newsletter. A copy is available to all members through email and the monthly meeting and from Great Glen library. See link below to view a copy.

Chair’s Chat - January 2021

Hello everyone

On New Year’s Day Patricia and I listened, as usual, to the special concert performed by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.  The setting lacked none of its usual imperial splendour and, though the event itself was slightly scaled down for Covid restrictions, there was much to delight and our spirits were once again uplifted.  I found the words of Maestro Riccardo Muti, the conductor, towards the end when he addressed Heads of Government, especially resonant.  He urged them, while giving priority to the physical health of their peoples round the world in the fight against the pandemic, to also remember their mental health and in particular the irreplaceable contribution made by the performing arts.  A contribution not dissimilar I felt to that made locally by our u3a, and a reminder that we, the members, must strive to treasure and sustain it.

Speaking of which, we shall have further vacancies on the Committee in the foreseeable future.  I should be very pleased to hear from anyone potentially interested. Previous experience of committee work is helpful, but not essential.  Experience of website development / operation, marketing and secretarial work would all be of particular interest but not to the exclusion of those with other skills.

Despite the latest restrictions and natural concerns about the proliferation of the virus, there is fresh hope on the horizon as the ‘Oxford University’ Astra Zeneca vaccine joins the weapons in the armoury of the NHS.  It is encouraging to begin to see a pathway to the resumption of normal gatherings.  It is clear though that deploying the vaccine will take months, especially as the booster jab will be administered three months (according to plan) after the initial one.  So, we must continue to be patient and to be very careful, and to make the most of ways of keeping in touch and keeping our u3a alive via Zoom, Whats App, telephone and so on.  Great Glen U3A is always open to new ideas on this front.


Your Committee was heartened to see a significant increase in the numbers joining in the Christmas monthly meeting by Zoom.  Once again, we had an excellent speaker, and my thanks go to those of our members who contributed live readings and music to complete the programme.  We sang our hearts out, offending no one with a false note as we were mute!  Feedback from participants has been very positive and we have learned a few things about how to do this even better, should there be a next time. Thanks also to Peter and Sue Russell for putting on events and opportunities to socialise over the Christmas / New Year period.

My very best wishes to you all for a happy and healthy 2021, the year in which Great Glen U3A achieves its twentieth birthday, an event we hope to mark in style perhaps as part of national u3a celebrations.  Stay active and stay safe!

Robert Mansfield     chairman/ at /      270 8284

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