CACE Classes Update 3rd May 2020

All normal CACE classes are cancelled until further notice but some of the tutors have provided information & recordings to help you practice at home. We’ve also now held our first live virtual class by video conference and we’re continuing to update our website and the CACE Facebook page to provide free online information for practising at home.

Here’s an update on what’s been happening and some useful information and links to materials you can use at home.

Tai Chi/Qigong/Chi Kung – Bill Styles has recorded 3 video clips which you can use to practice at home. See  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EzHUJ8_9IA for the first video. To see Bill’s other videos in which he demonstrates some of the other routines normally used in the classes, click on the ‘This Term’s Classes’ tab above and look for the class  ‘Tai Chi and Chi Kung Online’, click on that and then click on  ‘Read more’

Bridge – For Bridge Class members, there are a lot of websites where you can play bridge online for free e.g. funbridge.com &  http://bjbridge.org/ .  On  www.bridgebase.com you can set up a virtual table with friends and you can join in other virtual tables with others playing throughout the world.

Genealogy – Pat Roberts has sent a reminder that Find My Past still have their 14 day free trial and also have a number of free to access records.  An ideal opportunity to dig into your family history.  https://www.findmypast.co.uk/frequently-asked-questions/answer/how-can-i-take-a-free-trial  For free records see https://www.findmypast.co.uk/page/free-ancestry-records

Yoga – Ann Binnie has now produced 2 yoga videos and 2 relaxation audios which have been shared with participants of the most recent term’s Yoga classes to help them practice at home.   We’re now beginning to investigate the possibility of providing live classes online.

Spanish – The first live Spanish class held on Zoom video conference was held on 23rd April.   Following the success of this, Valentina, the tutor, hosted a class  on Thursday and  is now providing another couple of classes before a decision is taken whether these will continue to run.

Other useful sites

Exercising at Home:  A lot of online resources are available for exercising at home.   Here’s one that focuses on active ageing with a 20 minute workout.  https:www.soulf.it/active-ageing 

There are also lots of ideas for keeping fit on http://sportengland.org/stayinworkout

IT, languages, life skills, etc:   GCFLearnFree.org is an excellent online learning resource offering tutorials etc in a huge array of topics, completely free.  For a full range of topics see https://edu.gcfglobal.org/en/topics/

CACE AGM

The CACE Committee held a Zoom meeting last week to discuss a number of items, one of which was the AGM which is usually held  in late May/early June.  All the indications are that we will not be able to hold a meeting in a local hall as we normally do.   We are considering holding the AGM using Zoom as this would allow some of our members to attend virtually.  We’ll contact members via email  to advise of how we plan to progress with this.