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Monthly Meeting: 18 March 2020 - 9.30am
Doors Open 9.30am for refreshments
Venue: Beccles Public Hall
Talk: Toby Capwell from Wallace Collection in London Talking about Armour

Monthly Meeting - February

Graham Jermyn, the Chairman, welcomed 141 members and guests to the February Meeting.

He reminded those present that membership renewal packs were now being sent out and they included details of the range of ways to renew. A special renewals session will again be held this year at Beccles Public Hall on Friday 13th March from 9am to 12 noon. Groups are invited to showcase their activities at the meeting particularly if they are looking for extra members.

The renewals package includes a form to apply to become a member of the Committee. We would like to recruit a few this year as many committee members will have served their time in 2021 and will drop out. We need to move towards a phasing of committee members coming and going. Please consider this seriously, Beccles U3A depends on members, volunteers, convenors and committee members.

Other dates for the diary include the AGM on June 17th and the Christmas meeting moved again this year to the second Wednesday in December - the 9th.

A demo and possible set up meeting of a Nordic Walking Group will take place in Hungate Hall on 6th March from 1 pm.

English Country Dancing still needs new members. The group is very popular with those who attend so lets see more of you there.

The Theatre and Cinema Group will meet on 28th February from 2 to 4pm at the Waveney Centre. Irene will be pleased to see people.

Irene will also be pleased to see people booking trips. Take-up has been lower than normal this year and threatens the programme.

Raveningham Gardens trip takes place on 24th February and the Museum of Power on 20th March. Other trips are on the website.

There is also a cruise planned to Norway on March 18th.”

To see minutes from previous meetings, please to go Meetings

Beccles U3A Enrollment Form - The 2020-21 Enrollment Forms and 2020-2021 Gift Aid Form are now available to download on How to Join

Monthly Talks

February Talk - Mu Gurbutt Chelsea Flower Show

Chelsea Flower Show In February U3A’s own Mu Gurbutt gave an extremely entertaining and informative talk on how she and her friend Jenni, a regional NAFAS demonstrator, entered the Chelsea Flower Show in 2012.

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is held for five days in May in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea. It has always had a strong link with Royalty: the Queen Mother was a great supporter and the Queen attends every year.

It is attended by 157,000 visitors each year and tickets must be purchased in advance. Current ticket prices are £70 for the 8.30am entry, reducing to £45 for 3.30pm entry and then £39 for 5.30pm entry. On the Saturday most of the plants go on sale.

At the moment the trend is not to have so many flowers on display and there are many metal and ceramic sculptures, water features and built installations.
There is a separate marquee for the flower arrangement displays. In 2012 when Mu and Jenni exhibited the theme was based on the Olympics and their class was ‘I have a dream’. They decided to base their display on Martin Luther King’s saying.

It comprised twisted wood from Mu’s garden hedge painted black to represent the struggle, black and white flowers representing apartheid, with red carnations pouring down finishing in a pool at the bottom representing spilt blood. In addition they created a ball and chain using curled up laurel leaves threaded together to look like a chain.

Their display was arranged overnight on Sunday and had to be finished by 6am Monday morning. They carefully set up their display but when they looked around at the other more elaborate exhibits, especially from foreign countries, felt very much like a country bumpkin – a feeling reinforced on show day when they arrived dressed in jeans and T shirts to find celebrities in designer clothing.

But they needn’t have worried - much to their amazement they had won a Gold Medal. A great achievement for Bungay Flower Club.

To read Vicki's full report please go to Monthly Talk

Outings News

Snowdrops at Raveningham Gardens Sadly this trip had to be cancelled due to the dreadful weather however it is hoped to rearrange it in the very near future. If you are interested in joining this tour, let Irene know as there are plenty of spare places in cars.

Two fabulous holidays now available Enjoy an Arctic cruise through the polar regions of Norway or take advantage of a great little coach break to visit Lincoln, Stately Homes and an interesting Brewery. Please note neither of these holidays are officially backed by the U3A. For more information on both these holidays, please go to the Outings page

Impaired Mobility
If you require a wheelchair or have a problem walking, please contact Irene on 01502 713622 or email before booking any of the trips. Whilst all the trips are booked with disabled access in mind, there may be some that include uneven terrain, steps or getting on and off coaches and minibuses

Thursford Christmas Spectacular - Possibly one of most popular outings of the whole year is back on the calendar. For more information, go to the Outings page

Dates for Waveney Stardust' days out are now on the Outings page

Group News

Theatre and Cinema Visits - If you are interested in joining this group, there is a meeting on the 28 February at The Waveney Centre, between 2pm and 4pm. Refreshments are available and members requested to contribute £1 for use of the conservatory.