At home but not alone

We may be minimising our social contact, restricting our travel or even be in self-isolation but we don't have to be alone. As the days go by, we learn of additional tightening on our way of life and fear further isolation but we also learn of the innovative ideas that social groups and organisations are using to keep in touch.

This area of the Maidenhead U3A website is a place where members can share ideas and thoughts whether it's a link to something of interest, a narrative, learning resources or a photograph. Why not post a book review or recommend a game for Smartphones for instance?

Email your items (including any photos) to for posting.



See the latest photographs from our Photography Group and read the May National U3A Newsletter



New for April - SE Region Newsletter



Green King Brewery are running a weekly quiz, starting today.

To participate you will need two screens:

  • Your laptop / PC and a smartphone or
  • Your tablet / iPad and smartphone or
  • Two smartphones

On your smartphone you will need to install an App from the AppStore (iPhone) or Google Play (Android).

Full details can be found here.



Members of the Photographic Group have kept in touch via email and next week they will be holding their first Zoom meeting. During their daily exercise they have been taking photographs on the theme of 'Reflections' which can be found here. Spot the exceptions!



If you haven't already done so I urge you to join the Facebook Group U3A: Keeping In Touch. As of today it has 2.7K members with participants posting a range of enlightening, amusing and uplifting videos, stories, ideas, puzzles, quizzes and links to various sites.

  • Mathematicians can crack Alan Swann's daily puzzle
  • Our Language groups, can see how other U3As are setting up virtual language groups
  • Musicians can take up Sharon Lerpiniere's daily Song Challenge
  • Or you can just browse and admire the creative ways members are getting through this challenge


Find the latest crime report from Jeff Pick by clicking here.


Find the latest crime report from Jeff Pick by clicking here.


Many thanks to Lita for bringing this to our attention... Top-tier institutions around the world have vast online archives, meaning you can take a digital stroll through art history from ogling Parisian Impressionist works in the Musée d’Orsay to a lesson in ancient Greece from Athens’ Benaki Museum to a voyeuristic archive of ex-lovers’ relics at the Museum of Broken Relationships, there are some fascinating exhibitions at your fingertips – all of which are free. To start your museum visit click here.


Also from Lita... The Wind in the Willows the Musical, recorded at the London Palladium in 2017, is available for download and can can be accessed here. An optional  small donation is requested.


The Trust is using the National Newsletter to keep members informed on the latest government advice convering coronavirus covid-19. It is also filled with information, stories and advice from across the U3A movement on how to keep safe and occupied during this difficult time. We would encourage members to register for this:

U3A has launched a UK-wide Diary Project - where members are encouraged to diarise their experience of these times. You can see more on their website or contact them

Struggling with technology? U3A have produced a set of How to Guides (including Zoom, Facebook and WhatsApp)


This scheme aims to support those struggling with day-to-day tasks that they are currently unable to fulfil whilst in self isolation, with a priority to support the elderly and the most vulnerable. Whether this is shopping for essential supplies, picking up prescriptions or dog-walking we want to help. Our aim ensure the safety of all needing help, but providing support through a network DBS checked volunteers to help you or your loved ones with these jobs.

If you are in need of help or can identify a friend, neighbour or loved one who may require assistance, please call our new Community Help Helpline on 01628 367875 which is open 7 days a week between 9am to 5pm and we will allocate one of our caring staff or volunteers to assist.

Get Safe Online experts have put together some top tips about how to protect yourself, your loved ones, finances and devices from the scams that are currently circulating. As well as advice about keeping yourself and your organisation protected whilst working from home. To see more about online safety during this uncertain time visit


ROH, Peter and the Wolf, 27th March, 7pm

The countdown is on for the Royal Opera House first Friday Night Premiere: Peter and the Wolf. This colourful, narrated children's ballet sees a boy save his grandfather and animal friends from a big bad wolf. Suitable for all ages, it stars pupils of the Royal Ballet School and the music of Prokofiev, as we bring the magic of #OurHouseToYourHouse and can be viewed on YouTube

NT Live, 2nd April

At a time when many theatre fans around the world aren’t able to visit National Theatre Live venues or local theatres, NT are introducing #NationalTheatreAtHome. Every Thursday from 7pm UK time, you will be able to watch some of the best British theatre from the comfort of your living room, via YouTube for free for one week. It all kicks off with James Corden in the hilarious #OneManTwoGuvnors on 2 April at 7pm UK time.


Cliveden Literary Festival 2019

What better way to fill the day than watching your favourite sessions from last year’s festival? Click on links below:


COVID Symptom Tracker lets anyone, healthy or with symptoms, share valuable information with researchers and scientists identify:

  • How fast the virus is spreading in your area
  • High-risk areas in the UK
  • Who is most at risk, by better understanding symptoms linked to underlying health conditions

See latest Crime Report to discover current situation affects Thames Valley Policing.

Why not visit our Recipes Corner where you will find recipes submitted by our members. With time on our hands what better way to while away the hours.

Visit Brian Bilston's Facebook page to find amusing and relevant poems.

Something uplifting - Andrew Lloyd Webber playing "All I ask of You"


Number of members signed up for U3A: Keeping in Touch now exceeds 1,100


A team of U3A members have created a Facebook Group where U3A members can share just about anything. Unlike our own Maidenhead U3A FB group, this group is open to all UK members. Just click on the following, U3A: Keeping in Touch and ask to join. Approval is normally the same day.