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Our February meeting with Rosa Cato from the David Livingstone Trust was extremely interesting and provoked a lot of memories – including primary school summer trips and volunteers driving African athletes out to Blantyre during the Commonwealth Games. We agreed that a trip to the property would be in very much in order once the refurbishment is complete and COVID restrictions permit.  Meanwhile, for those who want to learn more, Rosa recommends:


Next month’s meeting will be on Monday 1 March and our speaker will be Ian Neilson who is going to talk about the work of the Mission Aviation Fellowship, a charity providing flights for aid, development and mission organisations to thousands of communities throughout the world.

Invitation to March Monthly meeting:

Elaine de Vries is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Monthly meeting for March 2021

Time: Mar 1, 2021 01:45 PM London

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Meeting ID: 841 4316 7736

Passcode: 359562

Following this meeting the programme is:

Monday 12 April

 Zoom Anne Robertson “Dance Around Scotland” – Scottish Country Dancing.   

Monday 10 May

 Zoom AGM.   Please try to attend as we need 50 to be quorate.  The calling notice and appropriate paperwork will be issued with the March Newsletter.   

Monday 7 June Zoom We are hoping to offer a virtual afternoon summer outing to the Trossachs.  More information as soon as available.

Make music to have fun

We have a suggestion for a new activity group for people with an interest in making music. What is suggested is to be a fun thing with anyone joining having the opportunity to participate and enjoy contributing to a musical event in any format or genre.  (Probably not classical or jazz.)  No experience or instrument is necessary (voice is an instrument).

It will be the group’s objective to develop each other's musical interest, enjoyment and experience in a spirit of companionship.  As an example,  someone might cover an existing song/tune they like, or try something they've written.  The group then gets together to play/develop it musically.  Interested?  In the first instance please contact Alan Dickie, Groups Co-ordinator, at u3aek.groupsleader@gmail.com and he will pass your details on to the prospective group leader.

COVID free volunteering opportunities with Project Scotland

ProjectScotland is a charity that supports young people and adults who face significant barriers in life. They offer tailored support, the opportunity to gain employment skills through volunteering placement, and mentoring.  They are currently looking for volunteers to be a mentor to someone who is already receiving our support. It is a commitment of one hour a week and can be done virtually but ideally, they would like to match mentees with mentors who live in their local area. 

Email or call Lydia if you would like some more information. 


Lydia Murphy    Mentor Project Worker ProjectScotland

Some national news

Have a notion to write a play?  

u3a Scotland, in conjunction with Citadel Arts Group, is offering a ten-week interactive playwriting course on Zoom for new or limited experience writers of drama.  They will help you to stimulate ideas and develop plots, characters, dialogue and settings – and an opportunity to work with professional actors to bring your words to life!

The first meeting of the group (and tester session) will be on Wednesday 10 March at 2pm.  For more information and to register please email Richard Peoples at: rptpeoples@gmail.com

u3a Member Link

The u3a offers a valuable nationwide resource to help keep us all connected, active and learning together. Geographical location need be no barrier in an online world.  Keep informed via Twitter, Instagram or Facebook or via the monthly Radio Podcast.  See the attached leaflet for further information.

I hope to see lots of you at our next monthly meeting and I’m glad that many of you seem to appreciate these Newsletters.  Is there anything else we can do to keep in touch?  

Keep safe

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