Message from the Chairman


As you may already know, along with many other U3As, North Walsham U3A has suspended all face to face meetings and activities to support the government’s ‘social distancing’ response to the coronavirus outbreak. The committee did this with great regret, but really do feel that we need to do all we can to limit the spread of the disease and protect ourselves and others.


However, that doesn’t mean that North Walsham U3A has closed down. There are lots of things we can do to stay in touch and keep learning together. Our monthly general meetings have restarted virtually using Zoom, giving our members a chance to chat to each other over a cuppa and a biscuit, and many of our interest groups are also active on Zoom or through email.


The Committee is reviewing the situation regularly, and will work towards restarting face to face activities when this is safe and in line with government guidance.


Each month during the lockdown, I have produced a Coronavirus Update. These have included:

  • Information from National U3A, North Norfolk District Council and North Walsham Town Council

  • Information about using different kinds of social media to stay in touch with each other

  • Ways to keep learning from home that won’t cost anything

  • Some cartoons, jokes, stories and quizzes to help keep members entertained during these difficult times.


You can find the updates produced so far by clicking on these links:


Coronavirus Update, April 2020 - click here

Coronavirus Update, May 2020 - click here

Coronavirus Update, June 2020: - click here

Coronavirus Update, July 2020 - click here

Coronavirus Update, August 2020 - click here

Coronavirus Update, September 2020 - click here

Coronavirus Update, October 2020 - click here

Coronavirus Update November 2020 - click here

Coronavirus Update December 2020 - click here

Covid-19 Update January 2021 - click here

Covid-19 Update February 2021 - click here


I hope you find the updates useful and really would appreciate your feedback and contributions to future editions via the Contact Us page on this website.


I would especially like to be able to share:

  • Examples of what interest groups have been doing to keep up their activities

  • Tips on how to use technology to keep in touch

  • Examples of things that members are doing to help each other and their neighbours

  • Anything that will make people feel a bit more cheerful and optimistic


You may also find the following links useful:

Third Age Trust Covid-19 Revised Advice for Groups 21.9.20 - click here

Coronavirus Update by Georgia Ladbury (UK based Infectious Disease Epidemiologist) - click here

Third Age Trust (national U3A) – click

NHS coronavirus information – click

NHS Test and Trace - click here

UK government coronavirus information - click

Norfolk County Council coronavirus information – click

North Norfolk District Council coronavirus information – click


Best wishes,


Steve Guratsky,

Chairman, North Walsham U3A