Chairman’s Notes – December 2018

Hello Everyone,

We are at the end of another U3A year, and we hope that it has been an enjoyable one. Our monthly meetings have held their own regarding attendances.
We have tended towards entertainment with our speaker programme but have included some serious subjects of great interest this year too. This is likely to continue as we need some fun in our lives.

Membership has also picked up after our more intensive campaign this Summer with our newsletters being available at the library and the Arts Centre. This is to make the general public aware of our existence and what we have to offer.
Also we now have a supply of visiting cards giving our U3A details which we can carry around as they are credit card size. If we meet someone who expresses an interest, we can then hand them one, so please ask for some at any of our meetings.
We still need new members to halt the decline in recent years, and to that effect, we welcome the following new members who joined at our last meeting with the hope that they will be made welcome and enjoy what we have to offer.
Mrs Jill Verdegaal, Mr Eric West,
Mrs Mary Ludlow, Mrs Rose McHard,
Mrs Helena Denny and Mrs Linda Munton.

Our book binding and restoration group is up and doing well. The new Ukulele group will hold their first meeting at a venue in Stamford on Wednesday 2nd January in the afternoon. If anyone wishes to join, would they make themselves known to Lesly Hayes at the finish today or by contacting her during the month. Details are inside.

Our secretary Anne Sedgewick has now handed over to Roland Higgins, after some years of dedicated work including dealing with all the new rules earlier this year with the GDPR, safeguarding and Charity Commission regs – no mean feat by any
stretch. Thank you Anne on behalf of us all.

We still need new people with new ideas to come on the committee if anyone feels that anything need improving. We must have a large reserve of talent in our midst.
One piece of information to share with you following the recent first aid course, is that if one is living alone and on medication, put a photocopy of your prescription in a small bottle in your fridge. The emergency services know to go to the fridge if the need arises.
Not everyone knows this potentially life saving trick. The bottles are available from the practices in town.
Please remember to save your used stamps as in previous years as these go to our charities in the new year.
Finally may I wish you seasonal greetings for an enjoyable Christmas and good health as far as possible.

Michael Crowe
email: chairman2017@StamfordU3A.co.uk