Braintree Area

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Payment please for the Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair - 13th November
Heather Hurcomb has asked that anyone who has put their name down for this Outing to please pay asap. Heather will be at the General Meeting this Wednesday 19th June so payment can be made then. All details are on the Outings page so do have a look and contact Heather if you have any questions.
There are still a few places available if anyone would like to come who has not given Heather their name.

URGENT - New Smartphones and Tablets Group starting Thursday 13th June
Pat Shelock is starting a new group for those who would like to increase their knowledge of using their smartphone or tablet. The Group will run for 6 weeks. All the information is on the poster, click this Smartphones & Tablets link for the details. Do please contact Pat if you are interested. If you miss the first meeting I am sure you will still benefit from going to the other sessions.

Committee News
Linden Martin was elected as Vice Chairman at the Committee Meeting on 1st May, she will also continue in her other role as Group Co-ordinator.

U3A Summer Newsletter
We are looking for articles from groups for the next edition of our newsletter, please send them through to Graham Chamberlain. We would like to have a wide range of topics to include. Please note that the deadline for the Summer Newsletter is Friday 28th June.

The cost covers up to 4 cooked meals per day, and many activities each day from Archery and Aqua Aerobics to Quizzes, Table Tennis, and Snooker with most things you could think of in between, all at no extra cost! After dinner there is half an hour of Bingo at £2 a book of 10, followed by some music for dancing (or watching others) before a variety show, again at no cost.There are also facilities for Pitch & Putt golf, Petanque, Swimming and Rifle Shooting as well as riding on a Segway and Badminton.

Click on the link for Potters Resort in the right hand column to go to their website.

If you have any queries please contact Geoff Mead on 01376 321198.

Braintree Area U3A AGM - Election News
We are pleased to announce that the election of Officers, Committee Members and Honorary President took place at our AGM on Wednesday 17th April. Shirley Tyrell was elected as Chairman. Pat Shelock remains in post as Treasurer and Elaine Orpe as Secretary.

The following committee members were elected for another year: Rebecca Fuller, Linden Martin, Jean Ryan, June Thompson, Graham Chamberlain and Pauline McAllister. The following three people were also elected to the Committee, Brian Armstrong, Alan James and Ian Reynolds. Members elected for Geoff Mead to be Honorary President for another year. Thank you to all those who volunteered so that we now have sufficient number to meet the committee criterion.

Shirley Tyrell thanked Dan Collins for his work over the past three years as Chairman, and David Eversden for his work in a number of different post on the Committee since the Braintree U3A started. Dan and David were presented with a small gift in appreciation of their work over the years.

Please see pictures in the right hand column from Graham Chamberlain.

Please note: The Committee Members confirmed at the 6th March meeting that guests and visitors can attend any General Meeting, but they cannot attend any of our groups until they have become members.

Pictures for our 'Home' web page
Thank you to a member of our Walking Group 2 who agreed that we could use one of their pictures for our Home page, do click on the link and take a look.

We put a new picture up each season for Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Pictures need to be sent through by 1st January, 1st April, 1st July and 1st October. These can be pictures you have taken in previous years that depict something that reflects the next three monthly season. Don't be shy, we particularly like it if we can say that a picture comes from a particular person or group.

If you have a photograph that you think might be suitable for our Home page please contact me, Jean Ryan, or if you have my email address just send it though.

Membership Application Form for 2019
The Annual Membership Fee for 2019 is £15.00 for one Member and £25.00 for two members living at the same address. The Membership Application Form 2019 is available here or via the link in the right hand column for you to print out and complete. If you haven't paid your membership fee for this year please send it to Rebecca Fuller, her address is on the form or it bring with you to the next General Meeting.

Group News

New French Group - members wanted!
The first meeting of the new French Group took place on Monday 20th May. Meetings will be twice monthly in members homes. A variety of books and websites were talked about to help support learning.

This is very much the early stage of getting this group started. If you enjoyed studying French at school or later in life and you are interested in refreshing your knowledge please contact me Jean Ryan for details of French Group 3 (temporary name!).

'Murder Book Club'
If you are interested in reading detective stories why not join our Murder Book Club. You can click on the link to the group page and send a message to the Group Contact, Margaret Turner if you want more information. Meetings are on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 2.00pm in Braintree Library.

'All Things Italian'
Linden Martin started our 'All Things Italian' group which looks at a different region each month, it culture, history, produce, food and any other aspect that we want. For more information, or to send a message to Linden, go to the All Things Italian group page. Although we are a small group there are a couple of places available. The meetings are at 2.00pm of the 1st Wednesday each month.

Crafty Yarners
Carole Jordan started a group called the Crafty Yarners, they meet every second and fourth Friday afternoon 2.00-4.00pm. The group are all knitters, beginners or have a knowledge of knitting. To find out more information go to the Crafty Yarners group page, you can contact Carole from there.

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.

Shinsaibukai is still running on Tuesdays 5.45-6.45 or 6-7.30, anyone interested please contact Alan Wilson on 07866 504393, give him a call and see what is involved.

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

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.

Any errors or omissions on this page please contact the Web Editor Jean Ryan.