Chairman’s Notes – March 2019

Hello Everyone,

We all hope that Spring is around the corner now so that attending our various meetings will become easier after the Winter months. The February meeting was an interesting and thought-provoking one when our member, David Damant, gave us his second talk, this one on the rise of Hitler. A review of his talk is in this newsletter.  You may know that David will be running the new History Group with a set-up meeting planned for Wednesday 27th March. Thank you for your initiative David.

Today we welcome the talented pupils form the Stamford Endowed Schools for what I’m sure, will be one of their usual wonderful concerts.  We are lucky to have them in our midst and would like to thank the School’s Music Department for agreeing to let them entertain us again this year, under the guidance of Duncan McIllrae.

As it is Membership Renewal time again, there is a request from the Membership Secretary for everyone to ensure that they sign the box headed ‘Privacy Statement’. This is a requirement under the National Data Protection legislation from last year.

If you know of anyone who would like to join us, as many have in recent months, please ask the Secretary for an application form. Likewise with the Newsletters; do take extras for anyone who does not have access to them.  We print extras copies these days and distribute them through the Library and the Arts Centre in town.

We need volunteers to oversee the running of the coffee lounge at the main Monday meetings.

Christine Bearne who leads the present team is finishing her duties in May after eight years, so please consider offering to help as we do not want to lose this great facility.

Our two new groups are flourishing, with the Book Binding and Restoration Group now established at Uffington Village Hall. If you have an old treasured family tome that is becoming dilapidated, Chris Gardiner will show you how to bring it back to pristine condition, an amazing new skill to learn.

The Ukulele Group has now held four meetings with the result that they can play along to well known songs now, another new skill they never had. One day we might allow then to perform for us!

Please note the date in the newsletter of the next New Members Coffee Morning, when everyone is welcome to drop in for an informal chat over coffee with us and some of our Group Leaders.

We are in a much closer working arrangement with our sister organisation, Welland U3A these days and quite a number of our members belong to both. You are always welcome to attend their various meetings by just showing your membership card.

Their next big meeting is on Tuesday 26th March at Barn Hill at 10.30am when David Skillen will talk about women in the American Civil war known as “Cyclones in Calico!”  On Tuesday 30th April at their AGM, our Regional Trustee, Jean Hogg will be visiting to talk about her role is at national level and to take any questions.  We have not had a visit from anyone from the U3A National Office for some years, so this is an opportunity to come along and meet her and to learn what happens there.

Meanwhile, we have all our own activities to enjoy. Thank you for all coming today to support the schools.

Michael Crowe