Ealing

INFORMATION

30th ANNIVERSARY

30 years for Ealing U3A!

Buffet lunch on March 7, 2018

Please put the date in your diary

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IMPORTANT NOTICE - GRENFELL TOWER COLLECTION

Following the enormously tragic Grenfell Tower block fire on 14th June, members of Ealing U3A collected £630 during their weekly meeting on Thursday, June 15.

The donation was sent to the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund where it 'will be
restricted towards supporting those most affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy'.
Gift Aid of 25% will be claimed on the donation.

Thank you all for giving so generously.

A circular letter has been received from the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund who received the £630 donations from Ealing U3A:

On behalf of the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund and The London Community Foundation, I would like to thank you again for your incredibly generous support towards the Grenfell Tower Emergency Appeal. Your donation has been an incredible lifeline for the survivors, injured and next of kin as they attempt to rebuild their lives during this awful time.

Thanks to you, and others who responded to our appeal, we have raised £6.9m to date (£6.2m through the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund and £700,000 from Artists for Grenfell). In the days that followed the Grenfell Tower fire we were able to get funds to those who had been left with absolutely nothing.

As of today we have allocated £5.5m (£5.2m of which is from the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund) to survivors. This amounts to £27,000 to each of the 158 Grenfell Tower surviving families and £1.2m to the London Emergencies Trust for next of kin and people with life changing injuries. We have also distributed £100,000 amongst local community organisations who are helping the survivors.

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ELECTION OF 2017-2018 COMMITTEE

The new committee was elected at the AGM on March 16, 2017. See the WELCOME page for the composition of the new committee.

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PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING IN 2017

1. NATIONAL U3A SUMMER SCHOOLS for 2017. See EVENTS page.

2. EALING U3A PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION, 2017. See EVENTS page.

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CARING FOR OUR MEMBERS; A MESSAGE FROM JOHN DEIGHTON:

The Committee is very aware that many of our members live alone and, like us all, are ‘getting on in years’. I have been keeping in touch with members who are sick or house-bound, either by telephone or by sending a card. I do need to know who is sick so that I can carry out my job: so if people contact me I will take it from there.

John Deighton, 020 8863 6640, or by email through CONTACT

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CHAIRMAN'S REPORT for the AGM 2017

Looking back over the past 12 months we have seen many changes in Ealing U3A.
After George Martin had spent a great deal of time and visited many halls, we moved into Ealing Green Church in September 2016. We have been made to feel very welcome here, but also had a number of problems to sort out.
The chairs had to be put out and away by us. Four teams have worked very well and hard to lay out the chairs in the hall and put them away at the end of the meeting. Thank you to the teams for doing this.
Because we could not darken the hall, we had to buy a new projector and also erect a large screen. Again thank you to all the members who help with erecting the screen and also to those manning the sound equipment. One good point about the chairs and screen teams is that more members feel that they are involved in the running of their U3A.
The Committee considered the subscriptions and the increase in cost of rent and other items and agreed we needed to increase the subscriptions to £30.00 per year to keep Ealing U3A in good shape for the coming two years.
Rosemary Richardson has given us another year of interesting talks for our Thursday meeting. Rosemary will be stepping down from this position and we thank her for all her hard work. Yvonne Hughes will be taking over this job.
During the year we held a very successful Photographic Competition, learnt about the Interest Groups by the two-minute presentations, increased the number of interest groups to around 40, and appointed Ann Marie Tighe as Interest Groups Co-ordinator to work with the groups and keep the Committee informed and up to date.
Mike Black has made sure that the information on the web site is up to date and we need to thank him for all the time and work he has put into the web site: as members, we need to make use of the web site.
Ealing U3A have started to work with outside organisations, The Questors, Roehampton University, and the West London University. This work will continue during the coming year.
In February, George Martin had to stand down as the Chairman due to family commitments and as Vice-chairman I took over the chair. We owe George a big thank you for all his hard work not only in finding this building, but taking Ealing forward into the community.
Finally two ‘thank-yous’: -
To the Committee for all their hard work in the running of Ealing U3A: the Chairman could not manage without their energy and dedication. They are not only committee members, but as we are a charity, they are Trustees making sure that Ealing U3A meets all the requirements of the charity.
To you as members for all your friendship, which gives our U3A the warmth and friendly feeling that makes new members feel welcome.
I have agreed to stand as chairman for one year only with a new chairman taking over in March 2018. This will give the new chairman time to settle in.
Early next March 2018, Ealing U3A will be 30 years old.
Finally think not what Ealing U3A can do for you, but what you can do for Ealing U3A to continue its growth in the coming years.
Thank you for listening to my report.

John Deighton (Acting Chairman)

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U3A LONDON REGION TRUSTEE'S QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER, June, 2017

Click on TRUSTEE'S NEWSLETTER in LINKS on this page

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NEWSLETTER, EALING U3A

The editorial team consists of Ella Marks, Margaret Martin and Michael Black. The position of Newsletter Editor-in-Chief is at present vacant.
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THURSDAY MORNING TALKS

From March 2017 Rosemary Richardson has retired as organiser of the Thursday morning talks. We thank her for the excellence with which she has managed the highly important, demanding task over several years.
She will be replaced by Yvonne Hughes who will be glad to receive your suggestions. See CONTACT.

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U3A: MAKING PEOPLE SCIENTIFICALLY LITERATE

Ian Nash writes about the U3A's role in science education

Click on U3A SCIENCE in LINKS on this page.

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FREE (or quite cheap) EVENTS IN LONDON

For a list of resources (in person and on-line)
which are freely available but not usually listed in one place click on ACCESS in LINKS on this page.

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GENDER DISTRIBUTION IN THE U3A

Casual observation in our U3A branch or at U3A events will almost certainly indicate that the percentage of women in the membership far outweighs that of men, a distribution which seems to be reflected in the country as a whole. But this is admittedly only an impression and we are in need of some hard facts. How does the gender distribution in the U3A compare with the demographic statistic? And if there really is a statistically significant imbalance what might the causes be? Merton U3A has carried out an extensive study that now provides us with some of the facts. To see some highly interesting data go to the INFORMATION page of London Region U3A website www.u3asites.org.uk/london-region

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