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Free Workshops for Members
“What’s it like to be a U3A Committee member?” and “Having the confidence to speak in public or in meetings”

North Somerset Association of U3As are running two workshops on 13th March 2020 at Burnham-on-Sea Community Centre, TA8 2ET. If you’ve ever wondered what’s it like to be a U3A committee member, then these sessions are for you. The morning session (10.30-12.30) explains the function of U3A committees, how they work and your responsibilities as a committee member. It will be led by Marion Clements who is a regional volunteer supporting new U3A Start Ups. Previously, she was a South West Region trustee and vice chairman of the Trust.

The afternoon session (1.30-3.30) is designed to help give you the confidence and skills to speak at committee and other meetings about U3A issues. It will be led by Margaret Briggs. Her entire career has been with various areas of social work and her session will highlight the skills of public speaking with tips and short cuts.

Both sessions will be interactive and informative and promise to be fun. If you would like to attend, please email Nora Charters (secretary.wsm.u3a@gmail.com) by 28th February. There is no charge to attend either workshop, but you must bring a packed lunch if you intend to attend both.

03/02/2020

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The Quickest Way to Learn Bridge
Fast Track course starting Saturday 15 February 10am to 1pm over eight Saturdays at Bristol Bridge Club. This short course is for complete beginners who want to learn to play bridge. The pace is a little faster than longer courses, suiting people who want to start playing bridge quickly or who have learnt in the past and need to refresh their knowledge. Also convenient for anyone who cannot commit to a longer course. £150 including course book(£30 RRP). Student discount. Tel.0117 9291846, email: ft@bristolbridgeclub.co.uk

03/02/2020

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Fancy playing Bridge?
Free social bridge session every Wednesday 6.30pm to 10.30pm. Drop in any time - all welcome! A relaxed and informal evening with experienced players on hand with advice if needed. No partner or membership necessary - feel free to come along with friends. Licensed bar, teas & coffees available. At Bristol Bridge Club, 99 Oldfield Rd, Hotwells, Bristol BS8 4QQ. Go along and give it a try!

20/01/2020

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Climate Change Discussion Monday 24th February
You are invited to a discussion about climate change with a speaker, Steve Heigham from Extinction Rebellion. Steve is a psychologist and lecturer who runs the Rebel Elders group. This is a chance to hear about Extinction Rebellion, the science and the actions. We want to encourage all viewpoints and ideas about how we manage any changes ahead. Come and join the discussion about what needs to be done and the best way to achieve it.
At Broadmead Baptist Church, Union St Bristol, where we hold our monthly meetings. 10.30 am with coffee/tea served from 9.50.

22/01/2020

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Are you looking for a new group to join in 2020?
Here are just a couple of groups looking for new members:

Environment Matters - a new discussion group exploring all aspects of the natural environment. It aims to explore options and challenge preconceived ideas within a topic. Discussion topics, announced ahead of the meetings, will be chosen from the news or public discourse, and nominated by group members. Meetings will be based, in the first instance, at the convenor’s home in Bishopsworth, and will meet from 2pm - 4pm, on the second Monday of each month.

From Plot to Plate - a group dedicated to growing your own vegetables and fruit, then preparing or preserving your produce and finally cooking it to maximise the benefits of all your hard work. This group is aimed at enthusiastic amateur vegetable and/or fruit growers who want to learn from each other by sharing their knowledge, tips and experiences. Meetings are based at a home with a medium-sized garden in Bishopsworth, growing a wide range of vegetables, fruit bushes and trees. The group will meet at 10:30 every 2nd Monday of the month.

05/01/2020

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Volunteering
There are many ways you can help the Bristol U3A - if you have time or skills you can offer please do get in touch with a member of the Committee. However, if you STILL have spare time, or are looking for something else, there are many reputable organisations looking for help. The Volunteering Opportunities page lists some organisations which have specifically asked for help.

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