The date of the AGM this year will be 9th May, to avoid clashing with the elections
WELCOME AND INFORMATION
We welcome new members, and we also answer many questions, keep a list of tradespeople and help generally. Our main purpose is to “meet and greet” keeping a special eye out for newcomers. We give them guidance and advice on Groups, introduce them to Group Leaders, make sure they have a cuppa and introduce them to others at the tables. The success of this depends on the members making them welcome.
Also please inform us when people are sick, bereaved or any special occasion enabling us to send a card if appropriate.
I also circulate around the rooms making sure nobody is sitting alone. Our main aim being to support, friendship and companionship at our U3A.
N.B. If you are a member and you feel you would like to join our Group you would be very welcome. Please contact me either at the coffee morning or telephone 792618.
Welcome & Information organiser
The Community Centre
The Community Centre, which is such an asset to the U3A, is having financial problems. The roof needs repairing, and one of the outer walls needs work on it too.
For this reason, the Centre's Committee has decided to put up the rent we pay for the use of the Centre. It will be increased by 5% from this April.
This will mean a small increase in the money we collect for Groups to use rooms, and also in the price we charge for drinks at the Thursday Coffee Mornings. The actual amount will be determined by the Committee and will not happen until after April.
Some members are under the impression the U3A owns the Community Centre. This is not so, it belongs to Burnham via the Council. It is an amenity for everyone, but the U3A would have a much more difficult time if it wasn't there.
Exchange Programme (attn Holidays!)
Uppsala U3A in Sweden has offered to participate in an exchange with a U3A somewhere in the UK.
Jenny Carley, Chairman of Chester U3A and International Committee, said, “This will be their second exchange. The last one was in 2014 and reciprocated in 2015, with the Surrey Network.
It is recommended that a programme and costs are discussed early in negotiations. On the last exchange there were twelve Swedish members who took part. This time they are looking to stay (four nights/five days) with U3A members and this would be reciprocated in Sweden at a later date to be agreed.
Uppsala is a lovely city with an ancient and famous university. The Uppsala U3A or Senior Universitet is independent of the university but has good relations regarding use of some facilities. Its website has an English version.
The international committee regularly arrange exchange groups with U3As in other European countries.
If interested contact email@example.com
Speaker Programme - next talk:
This will be on Friday, 17th May, when Tim Lewis and Sheila Furneaux are coming to delight us with their illustrated musical entertainment:
‘Farrago - a Flanders and Swann Extravaganza’.
Tickets are £1 (£2 for non-members) and include tea/coffee.
Start time 11am, refreshments from 10.20am, in Room 3 in the Community Centre.
Further info and tickets from Kath Hoyland, 01278 783995 or firstname.lastname@example.org
and Keith Searle at Thursday Coffee Mornings.
RUNNING BURNHAM U3A
We have a Committee, which has 3 important officers, the Secretary, the Chairman and the Treasurer. The rules of the TAT have limits as to how many years one person can hold an office without a break. There is good reason for this, it stops an individual from taking over and it encourages other members to get involved in running the U3A.
Now our next AGM is in early May, the Chairman is having to stand down, and I have agreed to be Chairman for one year. I have enough to do with producing the magazine, running the website and also my Groups to agree to do it any longer than that.
Gary is asking for someone, maybe new to U3A, to ‘understudy’ what the Secretary does for when he has to stand down. We do have a nearly full committee, but most of those have been doing it on and off for a long time.
What this boils down to is, we really would welcome new ideas. We know we have new younger members, many of you must have had some experience of Committees during your working life, and your expertise (however small) would be valued.
If at any time we have no-one to be an Officer, the whole U3A would have to close. Whichever bit you joined for will no longer exist.
You would be very welcome to attend committee meetings as an observer, just to see what goes on.
We have over 500 members, of whom at least half should be reasonably young and fit! So where are you ? J
CLASSICAL MUSIC GROUP 5 has now started Sunday afternoon concerts 2-4 pm, played by The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, which may be audio or visual. Held at a private address.
MAH JONGG This group is on hold at the moment owing to the illness of the Group Leader
Would all new U3A members wishing to join any of the Group Activities please ring the Group Leader first, not just turn up. The phone numbers you need can be found at the back of the Magazine
PROPOSED NEW CLASSIC CAR/MOTORCYCLE ENTHUSIASTS GROUP
I moved to this area in June, having spent thirteen happy retirement years in Mid-Wales. Over this period I met with over a dozen guys who, like myself, had owned and enjoyed quite a large number of post-war classic bikes and cars. We used to meet weekly at a local pub for a “natter night” and made regular trips to car and bike shows, museums , and classic motor auctions. The local area does not have an accessible branch or venue for any of the main national clubs, I.e. VMCC or VSCC, and if there are any U3A members interested in joining such a group , I would be happy to act as a co-ordinator to get the movement going, perhaps initially meeting at the Community Centre here in Burnham on a Thursday morning. Current ownership of a suitable vehicle should not be a deterrent, as I only currently two fairly “modern” classics, but love of vehicles from the fifties to nineties, should be the main criteria, as I appreciate the physical effort of riding or driving such vehicles does not improve with advancing years !
My e-mail is email@example.com, mobile 07932 734473.
Stuart found no-one with interest in this group. So it won’t be going ahead. However, he is keen to run a group, and he is very knowledgeable about aeroplanes and helicopters. If this interests you, contact Stuart Cattlemole on 07526031140.
GILBERT & SULLIVAN and MUSICAL THEATRE
Des & Vivienne Jones are interested in setting up a group around
Gilbert and Sullivan, and musical theatre in general, to suit various tastes. The idea is to enjoy music together, either singing or listening. Des is a pianist, and has a wide selection of music, and a portable keyboard.
This would be just a once a month session
Now starting on Wednesday 24th April in room 2 at 2pm -4pm .
Meeting every fourth week thereafter.
Contact Des Jones on 01278-229387 if interested.
Group meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 10:30 , at room 4 in the Community Centre The next meeting will be 26th March 2019 .
We start by looking at what is to be seen in the night sky during the following month, and then cover a particular subject in more detail
Phone 01278 795258 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
WEATHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE
This Group has ended.
You will be given all the support you need to start a group so why not give it a go?..........after all the success of our U3A is in the strength of the groups.
Please register your interest by signing the flyer in the Community Centre
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