Braintree Area

Latest News

Now available - our Membership Application Form for 2020
We are pleased to inform you that our new Membership Application Form is available via the link in the right hand column. This new form now includes a Gift Aid section so please tick the box if you are a UK tax payer. Also at the end of the form we would be grateful, especially if you are a new member, if you would tick the box that indicates how you found out about our Braintree Area U3A. Because of the extra information we have had to include on this new membership form is over two pages, if you are printing it out please print both and complete them as appropriate.

You will be glad to know that the Committee decided to keep our membership fee at the same cost as last year, £15.00 for one member and £25.00 for two members at the same address. Completed forms and a cheque can be sent to the Membership Secretary, her address is on the form. Don't forget to include an SAE to have your Membership Handbook with your membership number posted out to you.

All subscriptions are due on 1st January. Rebecca will be collecting forms and payments at the 20th November General Meeting, she will not be collecting them at the 11th December Christmas General Meeting.

Latest News - Theatre Trip to Witness for the Prosecution - closing soon!
Please note that Heather Hurcomb has to close this Outing at the next General Meeting on Wednesday 20th November.

If you are interested in this trip and gave Heather your name but have not paid, please send your cheque to Heather or pay her at the meeting. If you were not aware of this trip there are still some seats available so please apply asap or by 20th November at the latest.

Members £55 and Non-Members £57. For details about the play and for Heather's address and contact information click on Theatre Information & Booking Form link here.

Card Making Group - just the thing for your Christmas Cards!
Carole Sutton is hoping to start a new group - Card Making. If you are interested in learning to make your own greetings cards or maybe brush up your past skills then she would like to hear from you. Carole has all the materials to get you started, which you can purchase from her.

Please contact Carole Sutton or Linden Martin for more information.

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.

Picture on the Home page for Autumn from our Painting Group.
Do have a look at the painting on the Home page, painted by Carole Sutton who kindly agreed to us displaying it for our October - December image. If you want to find out about the Painting group click on the link, you can send an email via the 'bird' link on the group page to Ray Thompson.

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. We will be looking for a new picture for winter, this can be from a previous year and preferably from around the Braintree area. The deadline for winter pictures is 31st December. If you have any queries contact me Jean Ryan.

Wednesday 2nd October Committee Meeting News
Unfortunately Pat Shelock has stepped down as our Treasurer. At the meeting Committee Members elected Alan James as Treasurer, he will continue as Technical Adviser as well. Ian Reynolds has also stepped down from the Committee. Current members and new members will be re-elected/elected at the AGM on Wednesday 15th April 2020.

Braintree U3A Summer Newsletter - now available online
Any members or guests who did not pick up a printed copy of our Summer Newsletter at the General Meeting, please click on the link in the top right hand column to see it. As well as individual items and pictures from Groups there are reports of the holiday at Potters Resort and the Outings to Wimbledon and Hylands House. What a wonderful range of events we have had over the summer.

The Newsletter includes a diary on the last page so you can check which day any group is meeting. Just a reminder that the web version does not include our Group Contacts list with telephone numbers as we are advised not to under the Data Protection Policy. If you go to any of the group web pages an email can be sent via the 'bird' link. Committee Members and the Outings Team can be contacted on their pages as well.

Thank you to Graham Chamberlain for the work he puts into producing these Newsletters. We do need support from groups and members. Articles to Graham by the deadline of 31st December for the next newsletter.

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!

Group News

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.

'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 have confirmed that guests and visitors can attend any General Meeting, but they cannot attend any of our groups until they have become members.

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.

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.