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Suburb U3A – learning online                                                               Allotments update

        n the last edition we wrote   crafters are also busy knitting,  and develop groups with a diverse   ears that the emergency   are being worked more intensely   be  called  to  arrange  the
      I about how our U3A had faced   crocheting, sewing, and sharing   range of topics. Many U3As  Fmeasures introduced to cope   than for a long time” and   reinstatement of its activities.
      the challenges of the lockdown   what we have achieved.  have successfully transferred to   with the virus crisis would have  “everyone has relished getting   Other points:
      with an incredible response from   In  recognition  of  the  Online learning and we are part   a restrictive impact on the use   out and tending their plants.”  •  A number of street  sales of
      our Group Leaders and members   incredible work and dedication,  of that cohort. Members have   of the allotments turned out to   There has also been a steady   allotment produce have been
      to ensure that we continued   all our Group Leaders have   acknowledged that this is the   be unfounded. Instead of closure,  flow of inquiries from potential   held, in one case raising £370 for
      with our Summer Programme.  been  awarded  a  ‘Certificate  of   new norm. We do hope that at   the Trust, following indications   tenants and most locations are   the Royal Free charity appeal.
         We are delighted to report   Recognition’. Although we were   some point in the future we will   from the Government that   either fully occupied or have  •  The Fellowship and Chatham
      that  we  have  now  progressed   not able to enjoy  our usual   be able to meet in a more   allotments could remain open,  waiting lists. The general social   Close  sites  have  new  site
      from 26 online groups to almost   Group Leaders tea, we had a   personal way, rather than just   prepared a list of guidelines for   restrictions have prompted an   secretaries,  Adrienne Letay and
      40. A remarkable achievement   virtual awards ceremony.  virtually. Nevertheless, we are   the 100 or so plotholders.  interest in home-growing by those   Nancy Hadden respectively.
      given the size our U3A. Some   We were also extremely   filling the void by staying   As  well  as  reiterating  the   with no previous experience of  •  Seating  areas  are  being
      groups  that could only hold  a   fortunate to invite Baroness   connected, which is the most   general requirement of social   horticultural matters.  provided at Big Site.
      limited number of members in   Altmann, CBE to talk to our   important aspect. At its heart,  distancing, this list of do’s and   While one might assume  •  Rents  in  future  are  to  be
      their homes now have a much   members about ‘The Future of   the U3A believes that continuing   don’ts introduced such cautions   that the allotments themselves   charged according to plot sizes.
      higher proportion of members   Social Care’. This again had a   to learn, developing your interests,  as those needed in the shared   are in fine shape,  the more   PETER HODGSON, CHAIRMAN
      that attend, especially Current   high attendance with a very   making friends and trying some-  use  of  tools,  the  washing  of   formal affairs of the Allotments
      Affairs. Play reading has increased   pertinent and thought-provoking   thing new, is a life-long passion,  hands in water tanks and the   Committee have become victim
      their  ‘cast’  having  great  fun   topic for our members. Further   and we are doing our very best   application of sanitisers on metal   of the times. The spring and
      acting in The Importance of Being   talks have been arranged which   to ensure that we are fulfilling   parts such as gate locks.  summer  walkabouts,  when
      Earnest,  Divine Laughter and   link  in  with  our  ‘Crime  Club’  this for our members.  The impact of these directions   members of the committee visit
      Pygmalion. Crafting has taken on   (nothing criminal I hasten to add).   We also welcome new   has led to the sites as a whole   the various sites to make
      a new impetus with our talented   Online  learning  is not   members and new ideas. A virtual   becoming not just safe retreats   recommendations  to  the  Trust
      and dedicated group leaders. Liz   impeding  the  continuation  of   Open Day is planned for the   but more productive and more   about maintenance, have been
      has made masks and is making   our U3A. Indeed, it is in many  Autumn, so please do check us   ordered. Examples of reported   cancelled; arrangements for
      scrubs. Ellen has also made   ways enhancing the opportunity   out at  comments are “the site has   choosing the two annual awards
      masks, as well as Toni. The   to have larger group meetings       DAPHNE BERKOVI  never looked better”, “the plots   for  best  allotment  and  best
                                                                                                                 newcomer, have yet to be made;
          Record numbers visit                                        Suburb Library                             and  no meetings have taken
                                                                                                                 place since the beginning of the
            HGS heritage online                                                                                  year. However, there is optimism
                                                                                                                 that the prevailing conditions
                                                                                                                 will permit the harvest supper
         s we were all locked down,  different sources, including the                                            to be held on September 26 and
      A  unable to visit anywhere,  archives of Garden Suburb School,                                            an open-air informal meeting
      HGS Heritage launched its new   Henrietta Barnett School and                                               of the committee members is to
      WW2 Collection just in time for   written memoirs of residents.   lthough we will not be opening   or pick up a form from the
      the VE 75th Anniversary.   They were also able to draw   A      yet, we have been operating   library porch.
         This Collection is packed   parallels between the lives of   a very successful ‘Click & Collect’   And finally, the nationwide   King Alfred School
      full of the unique history of the   young people during the War   scheme which has been providing   Summer  Reading  Challenge
      Suburb  during WW2  and also   and the current situation of   books to our readers throughout   which started in mid-July, will   ike all schools, King Alfred’s   looking forward to running at
      proves to be a popular local   uncertainty during Covid.  lockdown and beyond.  run until the end of September   L    School in North End Road   full capacity making all adjust-
      collection point for residents’   Visitor numbers shot up   The Click & Collect service   with lots of prizes to be won, so   had to make huge adjustments   ments to meet new Government
      WW2 memories.              during May to more than 1,500   is open to everyone, even if you   you can still join up online at:   for the Covid-19 lockdown and   requirements.
         The  Personal  Memories  unique users.             are not currently a library  swiftly took teaching at lower   In the meantime, construction
      Collection, which is still open   In the coming months the   member and all our books are     JEREMY CLYNES  and upper school levels onto on-  of a fabulous new Sixth Form
      for new memories, received   Museum is planning several new   available to borrow. As well as an           line platforms with great success.  Centre is progressing well, needed
      many different contributions   projects, including HGS Heritage   up-to-date adult fiction section,        Children from Reception right   to house the ever expanding
      which are now stored for   Bitesize for kids under 12 and   we have a comprehensive non-                   through to Year 6 (and their   numbers joining to take A Levels
      posterity in our Virtual Museum.  also  a 1911 Census Collection   fiction section including lots of       parents!) were delighted to return   at the school. Parents and children
      New contributions can be sent   looking into the lives of the   biographies and a well-stocked             full-time to the campus over the   interested in viewing the school
      to  Suburb’s first residents.  travel section. We also have a                     last half-term. The classes were   are welcome to visit the site and
         Our hard working HBS       So, do come and visit – any   very comprehensive selection                   split into two groups or ‘pods’  see the farm and all the other
      Interns, Lia Joffe and Zaynab   time, any day, any hour – there’s   of children’s books for all ages.      using the facilities available   wonderful facilities on various
      Khan, created a wonderful   just so much to see and learn.   New books are bought every week.              across the entire site, which was   dates, depending on the age of
      collection of WW2 history as it   You will always find us open   Full details, including a list            fortunately very feasible given   entry. Please visit: kingalfred.
      relates to the young people of   at  of all our books can be found at:                 the  spacious  accommodation.
      the Suburb, drawing on many                 JUDY SMITH                   From September, the school is   for details.



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