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Potter's Holiday - two spaces going, don't miss out!

Geoff Mead has two spaces available for the holiday at Potters from Monday 8th June to Friday 12th June.

It’s a bungalow plus which would normally cost £414.00 per person but we have a block booking which brings the price down to ££319.00 per person.

If anyone wishes to go could they please contact Geoff Mead or Shirley Tyrell. (via the committee page). Geoff needs to know by the next General Meeting on Wednesday 19th February as Potters will only hold the bungalow for a month.

Any members who would like to support this event at Wethersfield Pavilion please see the poster top right. Our Jazz and Jamin' Group will be there to add to the entertainment as well as music from The (not so!) Young Ones. Doors Open 7.00 pm to 10.00 pm.

15th January - General Meeting

Outings News from Shirley Tyrell

Anybody who has put their name down for the trip to Dover Castle on 9th July please contact Rebecca Fuller. She just wants to check that she has your name on her list.

Sheila Mead is organising a trip aboard 'The Southern Comfort', a Mississippi style Paddle Boat from Horning in Norfolk on Thursday 18th June.

For more information and contact details please go to the Outings page.

Group News from Linden Martin

The second six week course of Zumba classes
A reminder from Linden that the Zumba course began last week and is on Thursdays at 11.00am at Bocking Arts Centre upstairs. There are still places available for those who want to dance off the Christmas weight!

Grumpy Old Men Group
As the current "GOM" group cannot accommodate any more members, Linden asked if somebody would be willing to be involved in starting a "More Grumpy Old Men" Group - temporary title, members can choose another name if they want to!

All Things Italian Group
Unfortunately due to dwindling numbers Linden has decided to close this group.

Any enquiries or for further information please contact Linden Martin via this link.

11th January 2020 - Message from Rebecca Fuller - Membership Secretary

I would like to wish you all a happy and healthy New Year and hope that and are rearing to participate in another busy year with the U3A.

I would therefore, like to remind you that, if you have not already done so, your U3A membership is now due. You can either send me a cheque or pay at the next monthly meeting. All details are on the 2020 Membership Application Form here, just click on this link.

There are changes for this year, the new form includes a Gift Aid section so please tick the box if you are a UK tax payer. Also at the end of the form, especially for new members, please tick the box that indicates how you found out about our Braintree Area U3A.

Because of the extra information the new membership form is over two pages. If you are printing it out please print both pages and complete them as appropriate.

December - Committee News
We are sorry to say that Shirley Tyrell heard over the Christmas period that Graham Chamberlain has decided to step down from our Committee due to ill health. Graham has been responsible for our U3A Newsletter over many years and we would like to thank him for that and all the other work he has given to the Committee and our U3A group in general.

New Home Webpage Picture
Please have a look at the picture of a Tawny Owl on our Home page from the Bird Watching group, thanks to Colin Rickard for agreeing that we could use this photo.

The next picture will be on 1st April, by which time we hope spring will be well and truly on its way. Groups and members do send me Jean Ryan any photos that you think would be suitable, from 2020 or times past!

Our Christmas General Meeting on 11th December - enjoyed by all!
We had a lovely afternoon celebrating Christmas, lots of songs we knew sung by members of the Singing for Pleasure Group Our excellent Singing for Pleasure Group and accompanied by the Ukulele Group. Thanks to Martin Fee for all his organisation including the slides so we could all join in.

Shirley entertaining us all Shirley Tyrell should be thanked for organising such an interesting afternoon, a project that had been a priority for her for some months. We enjoyed readings from various member of the Committee and others. Lots of information about Christmas in times past, I am sure we all learnt something we didn't know before.

Enjoy looking at all the photographs here and in the right-hand column. A big thank you to everybody who made it a special afternoon whether they were on stage, handing out raffle tickets at the door or brewing up the tea and coffee. Without members volunteering to help none of this would happen.

December 2019 Group News

Card Making Group
If you are interested in learning to make your own greetings cards or maybe brush up your past skills then Carole Sutton would like to hear from you. Two meetings are scheduled on a Monday at 10.00am and 2.00pm to give members a choice. Click on the link to the Card Making group page for more information or email Carole Sutton here with any questions.

Braintree U3A book clubs - a message from Margaret Turner
Currently we have three book clubs that you can join. These are Book Club1, Book Club2, and The Murder Book Club. As and when these reach capacity we are more than willing to start another, or one with a separate interest.
The advantages of joining include making friends, widening your reading experience and ensuring that you read at least one book a month. The discussions about the books read invariably leads on to wider subjects of both local and national interests.
You will find that we are not stuffy or boring, just friendly and welcoming. Come and join us - you know it makes sense!

Change of Group Contact for The Murder Book Club. Margaret has decided to step down from The Murder Book Club, many thanks to Margaret for starting this popular group. I am glad to say that Alison Halstead has agreed to take over as Group Contact, if you go to the Murder Book Club you can send Alison a message via the 'Bird' link.

Beginners French Group - members wanted!
A couple of U3A members are just starting up this new French Group. Whether you have never learnt any French or you studed French at school or later in life and you are interested in trying out this group please contact Elaine Orpe for details.

Painting Group is looking for new members. Go to the Painting web page for more information. They meet on the 2nd Thursday of the month at the Hawthorns.

If you are interested in starting a new group or becoming a Group Contact please email Linden Martin via this link.

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.

Essex Association Study Days
Please see the two documents from the Essex Association in the right hand column. These contain all the information you should need to plan which you might want to reserve, one in November this year and the rest in 2020. The first two study days have all their details listed - do book up early in order to get a place on the day you want.

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.

Potters holiday 17th June to 21st June 2019

Geoff & Sheila, Kurling finalists
What a brilliant week !!!! 39 of us had a wonderful time at Potters holiday resort in Norfolk.
We also came home with two bottles of wine for the winning quiz team, Geoff and Sheila who won through to the final of the Kuling competition, and four individual medals for Carol, Peggy, Mike and Shirley in Kurling and air-rifle shooting.

What a variety of activities we all took part in during the week.

Craft Activities From the beautiful calming jewellery workshops and craft activities, the many different quizzes, to the more energetic line dancing, latin, salsa and samba dancing, petanque, kurling, archery, table tennis, darts, air-rifle shooting, snooker, welly wanging, the nine hole golf course and the high swing. Carol enjoying Kurling

Most of us had a try on a Segway in the sports hall and then six of us had a go out in the field. No one fell off.

We played crazy golf, played long bowls on the International bowls rink, we went in the swimming pool, the Jacuzzi, had a massage, went on the beach, even swam in the sea and walked along the promenade. Enjoying the sea at Potters

So much food to eat and such a choice. Superb evening entertainment, dancing until midnight and an evening supper.
What more could anyone want. We all came home for a rest!!!!!!!
Thanks to Geoff for suggesting this holiday and for all the organisation.
Shirley Tyrell.

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