Congleton & District U3A


Charity No. 1076203

Welcome to our U3A website

Visitors
If you are a new visitor to this site you are very welcome to browse the website to see the group activities, monthly speaker meetings and outings that are organised for our members. If you wish to join our branch of the U3A then click the "Join the U3A" link on the left of the screen and provide the details requested, our membership secretary will contact you in due course.

Members
If you are a member and new to this site you will have been sent your membership number together with a password that you can use to log in to the members facilities within the website. We advise that once you have logged in on this first occasion you should change your password to something memorable to you.

General Information, Dates and Events      


Celebrating 20 YearsThis page holds information which may be useful to Members and any visitors, as well as a full list (below) of all planned meetings and events - including the current set of events helping to celebrate Congleton U3A's 20th Anniversary which are being planned for 2018 (a list which will, no doubt, increase).

Having problems finding what you want on the website ? -
When you are logged-in as a Member click on Help & FAQs in the U3A Menu to find general assistance and answers to some frequently-asked questions.

Insurance Cover for U3A Members -
For a summary of the insurance provisions available to Members while engaged in U3A activities, please log in as a Member and read the document available from the Help & FAQs page.

Photography Guidelines for U3A Members (and members of the Public) -
Follow these Guidelines whenever you are considering taking some photographs of U3A activities (or on any other occasions).

A U3A Member is available at the Information Desk in St John Ambulance Headquarters, West Road to help new members with the enrolment process and to answer questions, on the first Monday of each month during term-time (October to May), between 10.00 am and 12.00 noon. See term dates listed below.

If you have forgotten your Membership Number and / or your password, the Member at the Information Desk will be able to assist you.

Updating your Membership details -
If your address, telephone number, or e-mail address changes, then please login to the website and click on My Information at the top of the U3A Menu on the left, and then on Check My Details. The information we hold about you will be displayed, and can be changed as required. In case of any difficulties, please notify the Membership Secretary, of the change(s) via the link here, or the U3A Contacts page. Please include your Membership Number in your message to ensure that the correct membership record is updated.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
This recent development in "distance learning", already in use by many U3As, is a huge set of (mostly) free online courses aimed at large-scale interactive participation and open access via the web. In addition to traditional course materials such as videos, readings, and problem sets, MOOCs help build an interactive community for the students, professors, and teaching assistants. Click to view a short presentation of what is on offer to all Members and Group Leaders, with links to some of the major providers.

If you wish to contact a U3A member referred to in the Newsletter / Bulletin -
You can easily do this by simply "clicking" on the 'Newsletter' link in the U3A Menu on the left. and then click on the individual underlined, highlighted name. However, if you are a Member, please log-in to the U3A website first, before clicking on the relevant link in the Newsletter / Bulletin.
If you log-in first, then the e-mail form that opens when you click a link will already have your details filled in for you.
As well as saving you the effort of typing them in, it means that no spelling and typing errors can creep in.
So, log-in first, click the link in the Newsletter / Bulletin, and then type your message.
Click "OK" and away it goes. Simple !

If you wish to use the 'Contact a Member' page (when logged in) to contact another U3A member -
When you type the name or membership number of the intended recipient into the ‘Member to Contact’ box, and they appear in the displayed list of possible matches, you must click or tap on that name in the list, so that their full number and name is transferred to the ‘Member to Contact’ box. By doing so you confirm exactly which member is to receive the message, and allow the system to extract the correct e-mail address for that member from the membership database. If you do not do this, the system remains unsure of where to send the message, and is set up to forward the e-mail to the Information Desk where a S.A.M.P. member (or another volunteer) will have to try to send it on to the intended recipient.

Volunteering to help in Congleton U3A -
U3A Congleton, as all other U3A's, is dependent on Volunteers. The Committee and Committee Support Group all give their time voluntarily. There are numerous opportunities to get involved, including Magazine Reporter, Back Room Workers, Assisting at Social Events, etc.
Interested ? - just get in touch by e-mailing Volunteer Management.

Page last updated : 10 December 2017

Term Dates - Session 2017-18

Date Event  
Monday 18th September 2017 Start of Autumn/Winter Term  
Friday 8th December 2017 End of Autumn/Winter Term  
Monday 8th January 2018 Start of Winter/Spring Term  
Friday 23rd March 2018 End of Winter/Spring Term  
Monday 9th April 2018 Start of Spring/Summer Term  
Friday 8th June 2018 End of Spring/Summer Term  


Meeting & Event Dates


DateSubjectSpeakerSynopsis
20th December 2017Christmas Social - New Life Church
All tickets sold - please contact Sue Stanmore, Social Secretary, if you have a ticket but can no longer attend -
Sue Stanmore
4th January 2018Committee & Group Leaders Meeting
Congleton Cricket Club - 1.30pm for 2.00pm
31st January 2018Closing date for entries to the Creative Writing Competition
See the Bulletin dated 20th November for details -
Bulletin - 20th November 2017
3rd February 2018Barn Dance - Congleton Cricket Club, Booth Street
This is the first event in our celebration of 20 years of Congleton U3A.
Please note that all tickets have now been sold -
Barn Dance
6th March 2018Quiz Night, New Life Church
10th March 2018Jazz Night, Astbury Village Hall
12th April 2018Annual General Meeting
New Life Church
19th May 201860’s Night - Live music from local band, The Encores
Congleton Cricket Club
2nd June 20182nd - 3rd June - Open Gardens Weekend
8th June 201820th Anniversary Concert
Astbury Village Hall
13th June 2018Tennis Tournament - with entertainment
9th September 2018Cake-Cutting Tea Party
Astbury Village Hall
16th October 2018Quiz Night, New Life Church
17th November 2018Christmas Fair, New Life Church
19th December 2018Christmas Social, New Life Church
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