Braintree Area

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U3A members - would you like to try a 6-week Zumba class?
Linden is arranging a short six-week course for any member of our Braintree U3A who would be interested in trying Zumba for the first time or already enjoys Zumba. A good way to start the autumn giving your body a little workout to music!

If you are interested please let Linden Martin know asap. You can click on her name to send her an email and when enough people have responded Linden will contact the lady who will be taking the class. Don't be shy - do have a go!

An event being run by Witham U3A is looking for members to join their theatre trip to London on 22nd August

Linda Bateman sent through the following information: I am part of the events team at Witham U3A. We are running a coach to see The Illusionists at the Shaftesbury Theatre, London on 22 August, 2:30 performance. We have 11 unsold tickets and wondered if any of your members would be interested .
Coach departs from Freeport then Witham 9:45 and 10:00. Allowing time for lunch or shopping.
The cost is £54.00 which includes a top price seat, coach and drivers tip.

If you are interested email Linda Bateman directly at:

We now have a new picture on the Home page for Summer from Walking Group 1.
Do have a look at this lovely group picture of the Walking Group 1 members all smiling in a field of poppies. They must have enjoyed their walk!

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. Please contact me, Jean Ryan, or if you have my email address just send it though.

New Group Contacts Meeting - 22nd June
Shirley Tyrell and Linden Martin arranged a meeting with Group Contacts to discuss any issues or any help we could give each other. If you would like to read the Group Contacts Meeting Report please click on the link here. Another meeting will be held sometime in the autumn, please do come along.

News from the Potters holiday from 17th June to 21st June

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.

Exciting suggestion for a new group - 'Singles'
Are there any single members wishing they had someone to accompany them to go to maybe cinema/theatre/pub or just a cuppa somewhere? I would be interested to see if you feel there is a need to form such a group (however small). This had been popular with other U3As.

Please contact me Linden Martin, Group Coordinator, and we can see if it can proceed.

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. Anybody who was not able to pay Heather at 19th June General Meeting please be in touch with Heather asap. 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.

Request from the Committee - Volunteer needed to help at the monthly General Meeting
Alan James was elected to the Committee at the AGM on 17th April. Alan has taken on the position of Technical Adviser and each month he will be setting up the laptop and projector for speakers, if and when they need them. We are looking for someone to shadow Alan and learn what he does so that if he is ever away we have a reserve in place.

Dan Collis and David Eversden used to be responsible for this, but as they both stepped down in April we would appreciate somebody who has some technical knowledge to volunteer. Please send a message to Shirley Tyrell if you think you might be able to offer support occasionally as needed.

Group News

New French Group - members wanted!
A couple of U3A members are just starting up a new French Group. If you enjoyed studying French at school or later in life and you are interested in refreshing your knowledge please contact Elaine Orpe for details of this group.

Smartphones and Tablets Group
Pat Shelock is starting a new group on Thursday 13th June 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.

'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.

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 make contact with Linden Martin via this email link.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.