Open Meetings updated – NB January is 29th

It was the Panto that did it!

But we’ll have our own laugh with Jayne Osborn (Northampton’s own Pam Ayres) who will entertain not only with poetry but also magic.

So wash away the winter blues and make sure everybody knows the right day (29th), the time’s the same (2.30) with free admission for all.

Bet the Panto can’t do that.

History Talks by the Open University

They are putting together a series of free public history talks, to which they are keen to invite local U3A members. The first of which will be held on Tuesday 21st January at 4.30pm. If anybody would be interested in the first one is going to be on the history of the Conservative party, and the later ones (they’re just pinning down dates at the moment) will cover all sorts of interesting subjects, such as the history of presidential elections in the USA. You can find more details about the first one on this link.

Single Tickets available – see below.

Single Tickets available – see below.

I have one spare ticket for ‘The King and I‘ on March 5th at 2.30pm.  Ticket costs £45.00

Also one ticket has become available for Matthew Bourne’s  ‘The Red Shoes’ on January 30th at 2.30pm.  Cost £30.00

A new show has been added for September and the pay by date for Cabaret has been extended.

Please contact Di if you are interested in either.(01869 278149)

Tech support scam

Seen an item about the latest scam email which purports to come from Microsoft and tells people to update Windows 10 by downloading a file. Needless to say this contains a nasty “ransomware”. It’s a good idea to remember that Microsoft will NEVER email you asking you to update, it’s all done through the Windows Defender app which downloads updates automatically. Here’s a page from Microsoft explaining these scams and how to protect yourself:

Research project for U3A

My name is Georgina Floridou and I am a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Music at the University of Sheffield. My research is about the thoughts that appear unintentionally in the mind and how their characteristics might change across the adult lifespan.

Currently, I am conducting a study about music that appears involuntarily and repeatedly in the mind and how ageing might affect its characteristics.

Are you more than 60 years old, healthy, and own an Android phone or tablet? Do you want to contribute to science and win a £5 Amazon voucher? You are cordially invited to take part in an ethically approved research study of the University of Sheffield, which is funded by the British Academy, about music that appears in the mind unintentionally and repeatedly. We are very much interested in your experiences either they are frequent or not so frequent – even if you don’t have that kind of experiences, you can still participate.

You will be asked to download an application on your phone/tablet and complete a short questionnaire (each one takes about a minute to complete) in response to 8 push notifications per day for 4 days. You can participate from anywhere in the world.

If you are interested in taking part contact us at to arrange the details. All your responses will be kept confidential and anonymous. You contribution is invaluable and your help is much appreciated as your responses will help us understand how everyday thoughts unfold across the adult lifespan. You will be notified about the results of the study as soon as our findings become publicly available.

Dr Georgina Floridou,
Music and Wellbeing Research Unit,
The University of Sheffield”