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The Committee of Ilkeston u3a have taken the decision, to cancel ALL future meetings of Ilkeston u3a, with immediate effect.

NO meetings, group activities or social events in any shape or form should be held in the name of Ilkeston u3a until further notice.

The Committee of Ilkeston u3a will continue to follow the government and NHS advice on coronavirus. As of March 16th that advice has changed.

Although to date, no direct communication has been received from the Third Age Trust, this is the basis for the current information on the TAT website.

The advice is that from now on everyone should stop non-essential contact with others and adopt social distancing. People in ‘at risk groups’ are to be shielded from social contact for 12 weeks.  Those who should take particular care to minimise social contact are, among others, people over the age of 70.

No one can predict how long these measures will be in place, but only when it is deemed to be safe to continue socialising, taking into consideration the advice of the government and NHS, will the activities of Ilkeston u3a start again.

Each and every one of us is well aware of the danger Coronavirus is to our health and well-being and so, I urge all members to be vigilant and take care of yourselves and loved ones.

Remember, it is much better to be safe than sorry.  We may think some of the measures seem extreme and isolation is not a happy prospect for all of us, but the alternative is, by far, much worse.

Please bear in mind, we can all help each other to minimise the feeling of isolation, by keeping in contact by phone, txt, email and social media.

The Committee will try to keep all members updated with the latest developments that affect Ilkeston u3a, and if you do have an email address please let the Committee know so we can get information regarding Ilkeston u3a and the current situation to you, much quicker.

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any further questions or queries.

Please take care, keep safe and well.

Kind regards

Ann Riley

On behalf of the 2020/2021 Committee of Ilkeston u3a.

We now have our very own facebook group which you can find here


15 March 2020 The following is an announcement from our Chair, Ann Riley:

To all Group Leaders,

I have just received this email from the admin department of the Derbyshire Fire Service regarding the Community Room at Ilkeston Fire Station.

I appreciate there are some Group Leaders who do not use this facility but feel it necessary to keep all Group Leaders informed of the current situation.

If you use the Community Room for your activities please inform all of your Members of the closure as soon as possible.

As per the request, I have acknowledged receipt of this email on behalf of Ilkeston u3a, therefore can all Group Leaders who use this facility,

Please acknowledge me or a Member of the Committee when you have informed your Group Members.

I have been in touch with other venues Thursday/Friday of last week but I will contact again tomorrow to get the latest position and contact you of any future developments.

To the Group Leaders and Members who use their own homes, and although these are my personal feelings  (I will be speaking to the Committee members tomorrow) I feel you should now start to consider whether you need to cancel your meetings for your own and families well being.

National Office have not sent any further relevant information to date regarding the current situation.


Following the AGM on Tuesday 5 February and the subsequent committee meeting your new committee for 2019/2020 is as follows:

Chair Ann Riley
Vice Chair Malcolm Muckle
Treasurer Val Buxton
Business Secretary John Bell and John Stocks
Membership Secretary Marian Stopper
Interest Group Coordinator Andrew Wright and Ann Riley
Speaker Seeker Sharran Aldred
Minutes Secretary June Barnes and Sylvia Farmer
Jean Henderson

Interest Groups’ Fair, Tuesday October 4th  (The Interest Groups’ Fair for 2019 will be on Tuesday October 1st)

Were you at our Interest Groups Fair and Open Meeting?  The place was BUZZING.

Here are a few photos kindly sent in by Philip Francomb

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