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Dear Members,

Friends and family often ask, "What did you do today?" The answers vary. "Mmm, not a lot. Some meetings, Zoom of course. Walked, cycled, met friends for coffee, read a book, watched tennis or football, dug a hole in the garden, burnt my toast, took the rubbish out."
Covid restrictions have tended to make each day feel the same as the previous hundred or more, but Friday July 9th was different.

The Flashmob Walk marked the removal of "same old same old" from my vocabulary, because I mingled, chatted to strangers, laughed, tapped my feet to our fabulous ukulele band and wore a brand new high viz jacket with Cirencester u3a blazoned across the back. I felt proud of our u3a. Most satisfying was meeting so many members who have, to date, been only names - or fuzzy faces on a zoom screen . This celebration of our u3a brought many of you into Cirencester centre to share this first official gathering of members for over a year and a half. In my cheery 'mob' of seven, we represented at least 17 u3a groups. I loved the joyful spirit of it.

Thank you Ruth Kelly and Nikki Cox for organising this. Thank you to so many members who supported this event, bringing joy and laughter to the market square. What a wonderful way to let the community know that we are here and that we shall soon be back to learning and laughing in our various groups.

We have much to look forward to and so much to be grateful for as we move forward. Our boundaries and brains will again be challenged as we renew old friendships and make new ones. But all at a pace that we feel comfortable with and where we feel safe. In the words of a song by Art Garfunkel, which the u3a choir sang one week before we were plunged into lockdown over a year ago:

'We are going, heaven knows where we are going, We'll know we're there. We will get there, heaven knows how we will get there, We know we will.'

Good luck to us all.

The July General Meeting on Tuesday 20th at 2.15pm will be via zoom. James Taylor, a u3a favourite, will give us an insight into the life of Horatio Nelson. Login details will be sent out a few days before the meeting.

The July and August General meetings will be via zoom. There is no definite date yet for holding the general meeting at the Ashcroft Centre, but you will be notified as soon as this is settled.

Best wishes to everyone, for a joyful start to summer.

 Anne Vadey – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.