Burgess Hill

Newsletter - Third Thursday

Number 67 July 2022

Weather/Covid
Please all take extra care in the hot weather and remember that there are still lots of Covid cases in our area. Stay safe and take plenty of liquid.

Be extra cautious and take sensible precautions when your groups meet!

Monthly Meeting
Wednesday 7 September is the date of our next Monthly Meeting. James Dickinson will be talking about “Richard III and the coming of the Tudors”. Doors open at 9.45 at Cyprus Hall, talk starts at 10.30.

Please bring a friend along to meet new people, listen to an interesting talk and encourage them to join our u3a! Raffle prizes!

Burgess Hill Lions Town Day
We have a stall at this event on Saturday 13 August, from 10.00-2.00 so that we can raise awareness of our activities. Please come and say hello. There will be photos and demonstrations of Bridge, Scrabble and Rummikub as examples of what u3a members get up to!

New Groups?
Please contact Steve Furber if you have any ideas for a new activity. There are probably a few other people out there who would like to join you. The Board will help you to set up, advertise and organise. It really isn’t difficult! If your group currently meets at someone’s home have you considered moving to a larger venue so that more people could join you? Hugh Wallis (Room Bookings) can advise.

Going to the Dogs?
Ann Gosling still has spaces on the trip to watch the racing at Hove Greyhound Stadium on Thursday 8 September. Doors open at 5.30. Tickets are £20, including a meal. If you need a lift, Ann will put you in touch with a driver.

Leader/Convenors Lunch
A thank you to the group organisers. This will be on Friday 8 October at Cyprus Hall. Fun, information, food and drink! Watch out for further details!

Christmas Lunch
A must do date for your diaries! Friday 9 December at Singing Hills Golf Course. Details of cost and the all-important menu choices should be available in September. Vals Hoare and Chadwick are co-ordinating.

New! Quiz
There will be a quiz at The Woolpack in the autumn. Margaret Carroll will be quizzing us. There will be Nachos and of course a bar. Further details to follow.

New Events?
Do you have any ideas for other one-off trips or events? However sensible or crazy they might seem please discuss them with a member of the Board. We are a ‘can do’ organisation!

Italian Canasta
We will be meeting on Tuesday 23 August, at 7.00pm. New players are always welcome, so feel free to come and join us. We meet on the fourth Tuesday of the month.

Old Groups Resuscitated . . . . . ?
There is a rumour doing the rounds that there is the possibility that a small selection of old groups are being revitalised.

One group in particular, the Lawn Mower Group, is especially in someones mind, possibly a potential Group Leader?

Sussex u3a Network

SUN is a collaboration between the 40 or so local u3as throughout Sussex.

SUN is reviewing its role, aims, plans and constitution. The review is being undertaken by a Working Group of representatives from East Sussex, Brighton & Hove and West Sussex u3as, and from SUN. Watch this space!

u3a National Office
NO has two resolutions for their forthcoming AGM to increase the per capita contribution from all the UK wide u3as to fund the NO.

The proposed annual increase would be based on the annual percentage increase in the Old Age Pension each year. If agreed the increased per capita contributions would start in 2023 or 2024.

The reasoning is based on the reduced memberships of many u3a groups over the past two years and hence reduced per capita contributions to NO.

Your Board of Trustees thoroughly discussed the two resolutions and unanimously agreed to ‘not accept’ either of them.

Dates for your diary

7 September
Monthly Meeting: ‘Richard III and the coming of the Tudors’ with James Dickinson. Doors open 9.45am

3 October
Monthly Meeting: ‘Life above a railway tunnel’ with David Porter. Doors open 9.45am

7 October
Leaders and Conveners Lunch

9 December
Christmas Lunch

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