Confined to Quarters

We are going to use this space for activities, articles, quizzes etc that will hopefully keep you informed and entertained during our period of containment.

We will be building  a set of quizzes to test/entertain/frustrate you.
Give them a try

A Poem for Our Time

When this lousy time is over

Bobby Cadwallader

Hymn in the time of Covid 19
(Sung to the tune of “What a friend we have in Jesus” and apologies to the film  “Oh what a lovely war”)

When this lousy time is over
We will meet up in the pub
Go to see our darling mothers
And enjoy their gorgeous grub
No more missing church on Sundays
No more walking miles apart
We can visit all our families
Then our lives again can start


The SILVERSURFERS website offers more ideas to alleviate Cabin Fever so have a look and sign up for their newsletter if you are interested. 
It does have quite a few adverts but also some useful articles


YouTube Offerings

A selection of YouTube links, some home produced, some parodies and some member’s recommendations

Weston TurvilleU3A@home

Our friends at Weston Turville have set up a page to entertain/inform their members during our period of isolation. They welcome our members to visit their site

Keeping Fit

AgeUK has some advice on staying healthy and keeping fit

Keeping in Touch

If you are behind the times(like me!) and would like to use your ‘spare’ time to catch up with all this new-fangled technology there is a guide to using your smartphone/tablet/pc to keep in touch using video technology. Give it a try !

Technology - an alternative look

The two Ronnies discuss technology – a bit behind the times but still amusing. Thanks Ken

A Photo Collection

Peter Ashton has kindly offered to share with us his Flickr album covering a huge range of topics including a wide variety of overseas trips. pub signs, aviation, railways, wildlife, etc.  There should be something of interest to most people.


Free On-Line Learning Opportunities

If you are looking for intellectual stimulation then Hazel suggests that you look at the wide range of the free on-line courses offered by the Universities through Future Learn

Help Medical Research

Researchers at Guys and St Thomas’s Hospital are seeking help in their research into the spread of the Covid19 virus and are looking for volunteers to daily report their health even when feeling fit and healthy. If you would like to find out more use the link below

(Thank you to Ian Harper for bring this to our attention)

Spot the Cliche (Can you count them?)

Peter Ashton provided this for your Entertainment/Education?

Ramping Up The Cliches (I Usually Avoid Them Like The Plague)

 At the end of the day, we are all in it together, trying to navigate the uncharted territory towards an uncertain future. The light at the end of the tunnel is not even on the horizon so we’ll just have to take on board that we are in it for the long haul and take each day as it comes. This crisis came out of left field but I’m sure we’ll all do whatever it takes to remain as fit as a fiddle as we pass through the calm before the storm, but every cloud has a silver lining and we’ll be over the moon when we hear the final whistle. Some say the writing’s on the wall but, right now, staying in is the new going out so, by complying with the rules, our salvation could well be in our hands.
The powers that be seem to have been taking part in a different ballgame at the advent of the crisis, didn’t heed the wake-up call and failed to step up to the plate. Some blue sky thinking might lead to solutions which, without further dither and delay, could enable those in the front line to continue to make a difference. At the moment, they’re not getting it done!