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Those members for whom we have an email address will be contacted on a regular basis by our Newsletter Editor, in order to swap ideas of activities to keep our members occupied during this period of social distancing.

Suggestions of activities can be found in the list below. This list will be added to as members provide suggestions for activities.

Contributions of poems etc may be published and / or distributed to members, subject to author's consent.

Please send your contributions to our Newsletter Editor at

Duck image courtesy of Public Domain Vectors and Open Clip Art.

Activity Details
Andover U3A Gardening Competition

To keep us all occupied, we have run a Gardening Competition where everyone could join in by submitting a photograph of their garden.

Memories of Andover

If you are one of our members who grew up in Andover, you could put together some notes about your memories of the early days of this town, which we can share with other members.

Please send your contributions to our Newsletter Editor at

Member John Roberts has put together a series of questions to test your knowledge of Andover. Answers will be made available in due course.


For those of you who are interested in poetry, how about continuing this poem, or providing your own poem?

  • Spring continues unperturbed
  • Despite this nasty virus.
  • Though our lives remain disturbed,
  • There's much that can inspire us.

Please send your contributions to our Newsletter Editor at

A selection of quizzes provided by Nigel Knott.









Music Play Lists

Andover U3A member Nigel Knott had a look through the index on his iPod to see if he could come up with a list of tracks particularly relevant to the current Stay-at-Home situation. Click the button below to see Nigel's contributions along with those from other members.

Why not take a look through your collection of music and build your own compilation? Please send to our Newsletter Editor at

Life under Lockdown

During this lockdown, life carries on. Birds and other wildlife continue their daily routines regardless. Meanwhile, we of the human species do the best we can under the circumstances to mark special occasions. In this section, you can find photographs from our members on these themes.

So if you have a photo of an interesting visitor to your garden, or have taken a picture of how you managed to mark a significant event - VE Day, a landmark birthday etc - please send it to our Newsletter Editor at and we will include it on this website.

NB Photos should not include adults or children.

The Zooniverse To quote The Zooniverse website, "The Zooniverse is the world’s largest and most popular platform for people-powered research. This research is made possible by volunteers — more than a million people around the world who come together to assist professional researchers. Our goal is to enable research that would not be possible, or practical, otherwise."

Current Projects that Zooniverse would like you to help with include: Further details of all live projects can be found on the Zooniverse website.

Note that the previously advertised Rainfall Records Project has closed as 100% of the records have now been transcribed.
The British Library Those with an interest in Literature may like to visit the Exploring Literature In Context Online Exhibition from the British Library. Literature covered includes Medieval, Shakespeare and Renaissance, Restoration and 18th Century, Romantics and Victorians, and the 20th Century.

Information about all British Library Online Exhibitions can be found here.
Queen Victoria's Journals Queen Victoria's private diaries were digitised and released in 2012, and make fascinating reading.

These can be found online at
The Museum of Brands The Museum of Brands contains items showing 150 years of brands, packaging and advertising. There is an online exhibition available which explores some of the most influential packaging inventions, designs and discoveries that have shaped our daily lives up into the present.

Have a trip back in time by going to
Victoria and Albert Museum A number of the articles held by the Victoria and Albert Museum are available to view in detail online.

These can be found at
NASA Online Exhibition NASA is currently providing 35 online exhibits, including views of the Hubble Telescope, historic footage of some of the Apollo missions and a tour of the Orion Nebula.

These can be found at
British Pathé The British Pathé website features a huge collection of newsreels from across the years, along with a large number of photographs.

Browse the Collections and Galleries available at to find images of the past.

Hint: Once a newsreel has started to run, clicking / touch the two-triangle symbol that appears at the top of the newsreel should make the film change to full-screen view.
British Council Film Archive Currently available from the British Council Film Archive are over 100 short documentaries about wartime Britain, made during the 1940s.

These can be found at
Royal Albert Home The Royal Albert Hall is making available a selection of artists' sessions on-line, including Katherine Jenkins, the Royal Choral Society, the Kaiser Chiefs and KT Tunstall.

These can be found at .
Citizens 800 Shared Learning Project Royal Holloway University is partnered with the University of the Third Age (U3A), and encourages U3A members to join Royal Holloway's programme of Shared Learning Projects.

Further details of the Citizens 800 project can be found on the Andover U3A News page.
Open Learn Open Learn is free learning from The Open University, with hundreds of courses covering a myriad of topics. Maybe you have always been interested in a topic, but never had the time or the resources to take that interest any further? Then now is the time try an Open Learn Introductory course.

The full list of courses can be found here.
Chatterpack Originally a resource for teachers and families of those with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND), the Chatterpack website provides links to educational resources that members may find of interest during this period of self-isolation.
Third Age Trust Resources Don't forget to check the Third Age Trust's website where you will find more ideas for activities.

Sign up for the Third Age Trust's monthly emailed National Newsletter for even more ideas.