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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Evenings with Cheese & Wine
Our next Cheese & Wine evening will be on Friday 28th February, at the Community Hall, usual times: starting at 7 pm and ending at 9 pm. Hosted by the French Groups
Tickets (£4 per person) will be on sale from Thursday 9th. Can I remind you that tickets do have to be bought in advance now. However, if you are not able to get to the Community Centre to buy your ticket, please let me know and your name will be put on a list for ticket collection/payment on the night.
Whilst writing, can I ask that you talk amongst your own groups about the possibility of hosting your own Social Evening? It can be whatever you want it to be (within reason!) : straightforward cheese & wine or perhaps something a little bit different. The Committee would be very happy to support your evening. If you have any ideas, please let me know!
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.
It now has its own website : http://boscommunitycentre.btck.co.uk/
Saturday 4th April
is the Launch Date for the Community Centre Repair Fund
There will be an Open Day and Coffee Morning
HOLIDAY IN TORQUAY NEXT YEAR
Highbridge U3A has vacancies for a holiday (half board) to Torquay
on April 20 - 24.
There is one double and 3 twin rooms available. Cost < £200.
Please contact Christine Owen if interested
We have a certain amount of Audio/Visual equipment for Group Leaders to borrow when needed (and will get more if the need arises). Linda Sadler our new Equipment Officer has taken it all in hand- there is a booking system now, and a dedicated secure store for it. You can contact Linda by email email@example.com, by phone- 787817, or at the Thursday Coffee Morning.
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 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 ?
This was one of the first Groups of this U3A. Gerald Buncombe has run it all this time. He has now had to give it up. We thank him for all his good work over the years. There is no-one to take over, mainly due to the ages of the Group members, so the Darts Group has folded.
Should anyone wish to restart it, please contact Brenda Dibley.
Group meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 10:30 , at room 4 in the Community Centre The next meeting will be 25 February 2020
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.
From October we will look at our near neighbours in the Solar System again, with all the new things that have happened or been discovered over the last couple of years.
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
NORTHERN SOMERSET ASSOCIATION OF U3As
W O R K S H O P FRIDAY 13th MARCH 2020
Burnham-on-Sea Community Centre, Berrow Road,
This Workshop will run for 2 half day complimentary sessions from 10.30. – 12.30 and 1.30 – 3.00 p.m. The sessions are available to all U3A members and in addition to the programme will provide an excellent opportunity to discuss and find out about other U3As in the Network activities and issues.
The sessions are principally aimed at encouraging members to join U3A committees, to learn about the responsibilities of committee members as trustees of their U3A and to have the confidence and skills to speak at committee and other meetings about U3A issues.
The sessions will be led by Marion Clements who is a former South West Region trustee, former vice Chairman of the Trust and who is currently a Regional Volunteer supporting new U3A Start Ups. Margaret Briggs will lead the afternoon session. Margaret’s entire career has been with various areas of social work. This session will highlight the skills of public speaking with tips and short cuts. Most of all as well as the U3A ethos of shared learning, it should be fun.
Both sessions will be interactive and an informative and enjoyable day of benefit to all attendees will result.
Names of members wishing to attend should be notified to NSA Secretary Nora Charters by 28 February 2020. E mail: email@example.com
Tea and Coffee will be provided but members wishing to attend both sessions (recommended) will need to purchase lunch at nearby shops or bring sandwiches.
Closing Date - 1st March 2020 Exhibition and Prize Giving - 17th April 2020 at Wells Museum
Theme – ‘Forms in Nature Judge - Peter Anscombe (Professional Photographer)
Rules: 1. The competition is open to all members of the North Somerset Association of U3As. 2. Entries must be original work and not previously entered into a photographic competition. 3. Copyright remains with the owner who, by entering the competition, grants a licence for the purposes of the competition (including publicity). 4. A maximum of 10 entries per U3A (total of prints and digital images). 5. The Competition Entry fee which will be £10 per U3A. Entries cannot be accepted without the fee. 6. The Judge’s decision will be final.
Class 1 Prints - Colour or Black and White These can be taken by camera, mobile phone etc and should be mounted on a maximum size per mount of 11 3/4” X 8 1/4” (A4). Any size of photograph is permitted.
A covering note with the picture title, name and address of entrant, telephone no., and the name of their U3A should accompany the entry and the same information should be on the back of the mount, A digital image should accompany the photograph on either CD or memory stick, labelled with their name and their U3A.
Class 2 Digital images on CD or Memory Stick. Colour or Black and White These can be taken by camera or mobile phone etc and presented on either a CD or memory stick clearly identifying the picture titles, name, address and telephone no. of the entrant and the name of their U3A.
Entries (and cheques made out to NSA U3A) to be submitted to: Bob Piper, 3 Lower East Court, Gilbert Scott Road, Wells, BA5 3BW to be received by the closing date of 1st March 2020.
The competition will culminate in an exhibition of entries on Friday 17th April 2020 from 2.00pm to 4.00pm at Wells Museum in the Lecture Hall, when the results will be announced and prizes will be awarded for the first 3 entries in each class. During the afternoon, Peter Anscombe, the competition judge, will discuss the photographs and projected images of both classes, and offer advice for the future.
Entry to the Exhibition and Prize Giving will be £2.00 (payable on the day), and will include refreshments. We hope as many as possible will attend this event.
Contact: Bob Piper Norton Radstock U3A
01749 938650 firstname.lastname@example.org
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