Braintree Area

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Our next General Meeting will be held on 19th January 2022 at 2pm at the Bocking Arts Centre, Braintree. The speaker will be Tony Searle - The Silver Screen. Tea and coffee will be provided. We would ask that you wear a mask (unless exempt) and, if possible, do a lateral flow test before you attend. Please consider your own particular circumstances before attending and do not attend if you or someone else from your household have covid-19 symptoms.

Our Braintree Area u3a application for charity status has been granted. Our Charity Registration No. is 1196660.

Linda Hellewell is now Group Co-ordinator. If there are changes to your group, or you have any queries about running your group, please contact Linda Hellewell by clicking on her name or you can email Linda from the Groups or Committee page.

Membership reminder for 2022. Membership renewals for January next year are now open. New members are welcome. The membership form is available by clicking here Membership Application Form 2022 for you to print out by clicking on the highlighted title here, or see the document in the side panel. All the details you need are included on the form. We do ask you to post your membership form, with your cheque, to Rebecca Fuller, our Membership Secretary. Dont forget to print out the form as a double sided version, and to fill in the second page. Please send your completed form and cheque to Rebecca . Membership forms will also be available at the General Meeting on 17th November 2021 and completed forms can also be handed in (fees will be accepted in cash or cheque).

Committee update 6th October 2021". Following Shirley Tyrell's departure Elaine Orpe (previously Vice Chair) has taken on the role of Chair. Pauline McAllister has become Vice Chair and remains as Speaker Co-ordinator. Alan James remains as Treasurer, Sheila Vince as Secretary, Rebecca Fuller as Membership Secretary, and Anne Britton has become Group Co-ordinator. We would also like to welcome new members to the committee - Kathryn Varley and Linda Hellewell. Additional members are needed so if you would like to join the committee or would like further information please contact Elaine Orpe.

As you know, Shirley Tyrell, has stepped down as Chair for Braintree Area u3a following her move to Lincoln. Shirley did a great job carrying us through some very difficult times as the pandemic progressed. Shirley has already joined her local u3a group and joined some groups. We wish Shirley all the best for her new life in Lincoln.

Group Contacts - if you haven't updated your group web page since October 2020, please consider doing so, or ask the person who is updating your group web page to do so. We have had between 3,600 visits to our website to date this year so we want them to see current information. The exact numbers for all page visits to our website are sent to the Committee for each meeting. Please contact Elaine Orpe further information or if you would like help updating your group web page.

GOOD NEWS!!!! General monthly meetings are restarting. The first meeting will be held on 15th September 2021 at 2pm at the Bocking Arts Centre. The speaker will be Keith Lovell who will be talking about Essex - Blue Plaques. To provide extra space in the hall there will be no notice boards or tables at the back of the hall, hand sanitisers will be in place and you can wear masks if you wish. There will be no tea or coffee provided so please bring your own refreshments if needed. Please consider your own particular circumstances before attending and do not attend if you or someone else from your household have covid-19 symptoms.
Please note: There will be no meeting in October due to the Bocking Arts Centre not being available.

Urgent!!!! Additional Committee Members needed. Any member of Braintree Area U3A can be nominated to become a member of the committee. New members are always welcome. Please contact Elaine Orpe if you would like further information about becoming a committee member.

The Braintree Area u3a AGM was held on Wednesday 21st April 2021 at 2pm via Zoom Video call.
Thank you to members who were able to attend. Please go to the Committee page for updated details of who is on the Committee. If you would like to join our Committee please contact Elaine Orpe by clicking on her name.

Home Picture - Montage of Braintree and District
The montage that we now have on our 'Home' page is a selection of views from around Braintree and the surrounding countryside sent to us by some of our members. Thank you to those who contributed.

The Braintree U3A Members Facebook group is private and allows members to post information. Click on this link for Braintree Area U3A - Groups and it will bring you to the public Facebook page. You can click onto the Members To join the Members Group you just have to confirm that you are a member and add your membership number. You will see posts and add information about your group. Any queries about Facebook please contact Elaine Orpe.

Braintree U3A Facebook Public Pages
The aim of the public Braintree U3A page is to advertise the Braintree Area U3A. The Braintree Area U3A Page includes contact details and links for prospective members to contact us and like us and to advertise our U3A.

Please note: The Committee Members have confirmed that guests and visitors can attend any General Meeting, but they cannot attend any of our groups until they have become members.

Braintree Area U3A Data Protection Policy#
A copy of the new Data Protection Policy is available on the Committee page for you to view and/or print. The full policy we adopted is that recommended by the U3A National Office.

Should you have any queries please contact the Membership Secretary Rebecca Fuller.