Chairman’s Notes September 2018

Hello Everyone,

We are in September and will soon be back to normal after that glorious Summer. I hope that everyone has made the most of it. In the latest communication from head office, they have stated the Third Age Principle as a reminder in case we have strayed from the straight and narrow. It is actually quite good to read these again.

  1. Membership of a U3A is open to all in their third age which is defined not by a particular age but a period in life when full time employment has ceased.
  2. Members of a U3A should promote the values of lifelong learning and the positive attributes of belonging to a U3A.
  3. Members should do all they can to ensure that people who wish to join us can do so as easily as possible.

We have it set out clearly that anyone can now join if they are not in full time employment, so we can recruit from any age. Head office stresses that we should keep on learning, but on reflection this happens every time we meet, either on the first Mondays or in our groups. Our speaker programme reflects this.

Last month Philippa Massey told us the life history of Daniel Lambert to great effect. The conclusion is that we are constantly learning, so no problem there. We are taking steps to promote our U3A in the town and surrounding districts as we need new members with new ideas.

A report of our first Monday meetings goes in the Mercury now both before and after the meetings. We have closer links to the Welland U3A and are able to attend their meetings now that we have the membership cards.

There is some concern that not everyone gets to read the newsletter even though a web version is available. As this is our principal vehicle for all our activities and news, we are considering if we could send it to everyone who is on our email list. Please do take a copy today if you know of someone who does not receive it one way or another. David relies of your contributions each month, so keep sending your news items to him.

You will see inside details of the inaugural meeting of our new group in Book Binding and Restoration. Those groups who shut down for the Summer recess will be starting up again, so it will be very good to meet again.

Thank you to all our leaders and committee members for all their efforts in the past. We are all volunteers after all.

Michael Crowe