fyi : THE THIRD AGE TRUST PAGE HAS BEEN UPDATED WITH ITEMS FROM THE TAT MAY NEWSLETTER
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 - email@example.com
Fraud and Scams
On Thursday 30th May we will have a guest at our Coffee Morning, who will be Chloe Puddy from NatWest bank, who has offered to talk to us for 20 mins about Fraud and Scams. Never a week goes by without some new devious scheme to part us from our money, so this too would be good for a note on your calendar that Coffee Morning will be extended by 1/2 hour or so for those who wish to stay on.
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.
Membership Card check
Just a reminder -if you haven’t done it already- to please do the annual Membership Card check for your Group members. People often forget to renew subscriptions, or can’t for some reason, and checking cards serves as a polite reminder.
If you are using Beacon, you can easily find out who is up to date by logging in to consult your list of members. Those who haven’t renewed yet will show up in red. (But bear in mind there can be a small delay between renewing and the Beacon record being updated.) There is no need to check the others.
If it helps, and if you wish, you can give out the green Renewal Forms (there is a supply in the booklets rack in the Community Centre) and collect forms and money on their behalf- but this is entirely at your discretion.
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 – NOW ON SUNDAYS TOO
In its 27 year history Burnham-on-Sea U3A has had several such groups and the one started in 2013 is still going strong. Indeed, there are now five such listening groups. Each meets for two hours including a break for refreshments.
Group 1 Burnham, 2nd and 4th Mondays - 2-4 pm, Roy West 324020, r.west4<a>sky.com
Group 2 Mark, 1st and 3rd Mondays - 2-4 pm, Ken Henton 641278, ken.henton<a>gmail.com
Group 3 Burnham, 2nd Wednesdays - 2-4 pm, Rod Winfield 238583, rwinfield36<a>gmail.com
Group 4 Burnham, 4th Thursdays, 2-4, Margaret Pickard, 787619, mwpickard<a>btinternet.com
Group 5 Burnham, 1st and 3rd Sundays, 2-4 - Margaret Pickard, 787619, mwpickard<a>btinternet.com
Taking it in turn, each member puts together a programme. Everyone has found their knowledge of music enlarged and their appreciation deepened. Most of the groups are full at present, but for more information please contact Rod Winfield or Margaret Pickard.
Rod Winfield, formerly at London Guildhall University, who started the first group has recently given lectures on music, specifically on Robert Schumann, Claude Debussy; and another on composers who died before they were 40.
Group meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 10:30 , at room 4 in the Community Centre The next meeting will be 28th May 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.
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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