BRIDGWATER and District U3A
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Latest News & information from The Third Age Trust Latest News & information from The Third Age Trust  Recent communications from the U3A at National Level have highlighted the following:-  1. What are MOOCs?    According to Wikipedia:- A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. In addition to traditional course materials such as filmed lectures, readings, and problem sets, many MOOCs provide interactive user forums to support community interactions among students, professors, and teaching assistants. MOOCs are a recent and widely researched development in distance education which were first introduced in 2006 and emerged as a popular mode of learning in 2012.  To find out more via the National U3A website please go to   https://u3asites.org.uk/advice-on-moocs/welcome    What’s on at Bridgwater Library What’s on at Bridgwater Library  Did you know that as well as lending books Bridgwater Library run a range of classes and events.  Currently their programme includes sessions entitled “Knit & Natter”  and “Computer Classes”, plus lots more.  For the full programme take a look at the Library Facebook page at:  https://www.facebook.com/Bridgwater-Library-642050692583308/ National U3A Summer Schools for 2017       Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms  Bridgwater U3A has been offered the free use of meeting rooms by Somerset Care.  Anyone looking for a room to start a new group should contact me in the first instance.  Dawn,  Group Co-ordinator.  01278 444426   Bridgwater Arts Centre Gallery Bridgwater Arts Centre Gallery  Did you know that Bridgwater Arts Centre has a Gallery and that entry to exhibitions is free?  To see the programme and what is currently on display please go to the Bridgwater Arts Centre Gallery web page at :-  http://bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk/gallery/ Free Entry to English Heritage Sites for Learning Groups Free Entry to English Heritage Sites for Learning Groups  Did you know that English Heritage includes the U3A on their list of learning groups that are eligible for free self led visits to their sites.  To be eligible for a free visit a learning group needs to book at least 7 days in advance and the visit needs to include planned and structured learning activities.  For full details please have a look at the English Heritage Educational Visit Terms and Conditions .pdf file  at  http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/content/learn/schools/education-tcs Gift Aid Gift Aid  Bridgwater U3A is able to claim Gift Aid on the fees that our members pay.  If you have signed a Gift Aid form for your U3A membership fee and your financial circumstance change such that you no longer pay income tax then please let Dave know on 01278 439385 so that your name can be removed from the list. Magazine Distribution Magazine Distribution  Assistance is still needed with the distribution of our Bridgwater U3A Quarterly magazine.  Many members pick up their copy at the appropriate coffee morning.  However if you do not normally come along to the coffee mornings perhaps you know someone who does who could pick up your magazine for you.  Also volunteers are needed to take on magazine delivery in their own locality, particularly members who live in outlying villages.  If you think you could help please speak to June (01278 685556).

Drama  ~  A Proposed New Group

Drama  ~  A Proposed New Group As a new member of Bridgwater U3A I would be very interested in starting an Amateur Dramatics Group. As a first stage it would be good to know who else in our U3A may have a similar interest. I have a history in Amdram, having acted in 55 plays and produced and directed some 60 plays. If you are interested in “Amdram”, or would like to know more,  please phone me on 07511 109048. When I have sufficient interested members on the list we can arrange an initial meeting to discuss the way forward. I look forward to hearing from you, Derek B Update ~ Derek is working hard to start this group. Just a few more members are needed, especially men, to make this run, so give it a go!