News & Group Updates

February 16, 2020

MOTO Group

MOTO (Members on their own) GROUP

The next meeting will be as follows:

WEDNESDAY, 26th February, 2020

ST MATHEWS CHURCH, Clarence Street, 10.30 am

Please bring your current membership card and £2.50 cover charge plus ideas and suggestions for future events

We look forward to welcoming you there

Contact: Douglas Scrutton

February 12, 2020

Coronavirus Advice

Following the confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, the Government and NHS have issued advice for members of the public.  The Third Age Trust wants to share this advice with you.

Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

The UK Chief Medical Officers are advising anyone who has travelled to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days and is experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, to stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild.
More information about the virus, as well as symptoms and advice, is available to view at

Or on the NHS England website at:

January 31, 2020

Beginners Bridge


This group starts in March and is now full, but if you are interested and would like to join the waiting list and/or register an interest for a second group please contact Lynne Macedo.

There is likely to be a follow up with an IMPROVERS GROUP for the beginners in the summer. If you already play social bridge and would like to reflect more on your bidding and play and would be interested in joining this group please let Lynne Macedo know. It is likely the group would meet on Wednesday afternoons.

Contact: Lynne Macedo

January 19, 2020

Open Meetings

At the January (28th) and February (25th) Open Meetings there will not be any refreshments as the kitchen is being refurbished.

To compensate members the entry fee for these two meetings will be reduced to £1.

Contact: Maggie Conu

January 14, 2020

Tai Chi (Yang Long Form)

The Tai chi (Yang Long Form) Group meets fortnightly from 9am to 10am at a hall in Hatherley. They would welcome new members.

The Group started in September 2017 and have gradually worked their way through this from of Tai chi. They are now working on refining the movements, but this is a process that goes on for a lifetime. The Group Leader has been doing Tai chi for around 35 years and is still finding ways to improve. There are members who have been with the group since the start, but also members who have started much more recently.

If you think you might be interested in joining us, please contact Lynne Macedo.

Contact: Lynne Macedo

January 09, 2020

New Groups

To express interest, or for further details of the following groups, please contact Lynne Macedo


This will be a group for anyone interested in practising, discovering and performing magic from beginner to grand master levels.  Anyone wishing to join the group should have at least some rudimentary conjuring skills, perhaps having performed card tricks for grandchildren or something similar…and, of course, experienced magicians are very welcome.


This group is not for beginners but for people who have played or perhaps performed in the past. The group leader is a reasonably competent guitarist who would love to meet people who play a range of instruments – perhaps fiddle, mandolin, cello, banjo, flute, bass (standup or electric), saxophone, clarinet, accordion, percussion etc. It is understood that there are other musical groups already in Cheltenham U3A, but this would be more oriented to folk, blues and roots music rather than pop/rock or jazz/swing.  Please get in touch if you are interested in getting together to see what happens.


Croquet is a very enjoyable game that can easily be learnt and played, both socially and competitively, by people of every age.

Cheltenham Croquet Club (CCC) has approved a proposal to host a U3A Croquet Group and will set aside two lawns on two Wednesdays each month during the main croquet season in the morning session (between 10.00 and 12.00). The 2020 season will commence on or about the 22nd of March and end on the last day of September. The Club will provide the mallets and balls that are needed. In normal croquet play, a lawn may be used for two games of four players each so the maximum capacity will be 16 players on the two lawns.

The CCC Committee have agreed to a reduced fee of £5 per person for the U3A Croquet Group, to be collected at each session. Members of the Group may use the Club tearooms, if they wish, and the charge for tea and coffee will be as for CCC members.

Group members will be helped to play one form of the game, Golf Croquet, which is relatively easy to learn and will be given instruction in the rules of the game, how to hit the ball and what tactics might be used in a given situation.

Contact: Lynne Macedo

December 18, 2019

From the Chair

We (your Committee) would like to wish all our members a very happy Christmas and a merry New Year. Please remember for the New Year to keep well, keep warm, happy and smiling.

Can I also ask all our members to keep an eye open for people on their own who may be lonely and have no company over the holidays. I know that some people like to be on their own but, for many, they have no choice, so we should all do our bit.

Now for some really good news; we have had an amazing number of replies to our request for new committee members. We urgently needed two people to shadow the Groups Co-ordinator and Membership Secretary as both are standing down at the AGM. We have co-opted Janet Ropner to shadow the Groups Co-ordinator and Chris Wardle to shadow the Membership Secretary. The balance of people needed for next years’ committee will be put up for election at the AGM. We also managed to find people who would help with the newsletter and the Meet and Greet team. What a success!

Some of you may know that Linda Hurl has had a very nasty accident and has been unwell for quite a few weeks. I am sure you will all join me in wishing her a speedy recovery and hoping she will be back to her old self as soon as possible.

For the AGM we are hoping our speaker will be Jill Nicholls, the U3A Regional Co-ordinator for the South West, who sits on the Third Age Trust organising committee. We have been trying for some time to get her along to Cheltenham, so fingers crossed.

Very best wishes for happy holidays and a great new year.

Maggie Conu

Contact: Maggie Conu

December 03, 2019

New Members Meeting



Wednesday 11th March, 2020

10:00 a.m. for Coffee/Tea

10:30 a.m. Start

ST. MATTHEWS CHURCH (opposite the Library)

All new and existing members are invited to an Open Meeting where they can find out about their local U3A, meet Group Leaders and learn something about the U3A generally. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and to meet the people who run your Cheltenham U3A.


Contact: Lynne Macedo

June 23, 2019


The Church has addressed this problem to the Council.

Consequently the Council have agreed to remove the restrictive Kerb markings outside the Library.

This now means that Blue Badge Holders can park in those spaces. Remember the road is now 2 Way and parking is not allowed directly outside the entrance to the church.

Di Kyte  U3A Social Secretary