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Monthly Meeting: Wednesday 17 April 2019 - 10.30am
Venue: Beccles Public Hall
Speaker: Jim Graver The Big Issue
Admission: Free to U3A Members, £2.50 for Guests

Monthly Meeting - 20 March 2019

Report on its way.

To see what was discussed at the February meeting, please go to Monthly Meeting

Monthly Talk - Wed 20 March 2019:- Sally Dearman Women CAN fly - a female pilot talks of her experiences

Sally Dearman Sibling rivalry was a catalyst that led Sally Dearman our March speaker, to a career in the RAF. From a relatively early age she and her slightly older brother competed in climbing trees and she quickly learned that she obtained a personal buzz from being off the ground.

At the age of 16 she enrolled on a flying course and at 17 she joined the Parachute Regiment. Once her brother had obtained a pilot’s licence she quickly followed his example, thereafter losing interest in parachuting in favour of flying, initially Robins and later Cessnas. Sally later joined the RAF as a member of the Quick Reaction Alert Force (QRA), the role of which was to alert British defences if Russia invaded UK air space.

Subsequently she completed officer training and fighter control training at Cranwell and, following a change in RAF regulations in 1989 which permitted female pilots, she commenced flying jets with the RAF.

Sally was a very lively and interesting speaker and many amusing anecdotes were included in her talk.

Thank you Vicki for your report. To read the full report and to see up and coming talks for 2019 please go to Monthly Talk

Group News

Table Tennis 2 Another new group for you to consider. This group meets on Tuesday afternoons at the Seasons Health Club on Beccles Quay.

Growing Together This very exciting new group manage several allotments in Common Lane in Beccles and I just can't wait to hear all about what they have grown. For more information, please visit their group page.

Archaeology is looking for new members. If you have an interest in uncovering the past that is buried beneath our feet, why not contact them to find out more.

Events News

DATE CHANGE The visit to East Ruston Gardens will now take place on the 12th June 2019 and not the 10th as previously advertised.

Proposed Outing
It has been bought to our attention that there is a Museum of Power at Langford just outside Maldon Essex. If anybody would be interested in this trip please use the Bird on the Visits page to let us know. If there is enough interest a trip could be arranged for Sept/Oct.

New Outing - 8th June 2019 - House of Commons & Westminster Abbey
Admission to both with coach £80pp
Admission to one or other £60.00pp
Coach only £40.00pp
I suspect this will be a very popular day out so book now to ensure you reserve your place.

Roll of Group Co-ordinator - This roll no longer exists; instead we have introduced 5 Group Support positions, each filled by a Committee Member who is responsible for supporting several Special Interest Groups. Please refer to the Contact page for more details. If you are not sure who to contact, Pippa Holliday has kindly volunteered to direct enquiries to the appropriate person. To contact Pippa, click on Groups Support 1

Does your 'bird' work? Are you receiving email enquiries? I've been having problems with putting the 'bird' on the group pages and I'm afraid I've not been doing it right. Please let me know if you think you have a problem and I will make sure that it is working properly.

Group Grants If your group is in need of a little financial help, you may be able to take advantage of a Group Grant. Find out more about it by reading the Group Grants Notes then download the Group Grants Application