MONTHLY MEETINGS for all Cestrian members are held on the THIRD WEDNESDAY at the Quaker Meeting House off Frodsham Street in Chester city centre: doors open at 9.50 am and talks by guest speakers start at 10.30 am. This gives us time for coffee or tea and biscuits while socialising before the meeting proper in a friendly, informal atmosphere.
A warm welcome awaits new and prospective members; these general meetings provide a good opportunity to dip a toe in the water.
We hope everyone is happy with the Speakers at the monthly meetings. Suggestions for talks are always welcomed by the Chairmember who organises the programmemaybe arrange a taster with an activity group of your choice. We wear name badges, and coffee is served in rotation by members of different activity groups, so locating people with shared interests is easy.
There has been a good deal of confusing and conflicting information flying around about the General Data Protection Regulations which have now come into force, and in last month’s newsletter I wrote that we should have to ask you to complete a form confirming your personal details. I am pleased to say that Third Age Trust now advise this will not be necessary as you have already provided the information voluntarily when you became a member. However, we have to give you a precis of our Privacy Statement, so here goes!
Cestrian U3A asks members to provide their name, telephone, Email and postal address, and Gift Aid details so that they can be informed about events and activities that are offered as part of their membership. In collecting your information Cestrian U3A will:
• Store it securely
• Use it to communicate with you by Email, phone or the postal service
• Share your details with the committee and group leaders/co-ordinators
• Send you general information about the Third Age Trust (the national office to which all U3As are affiliated)
• Share your details with the Charity Commission and other Government Departments and Statutory bodies when legally required to do so.
• Data will never be passed to any other third party.
Now a bit of legal jargon. The Trust asks that we inform you that there are various lawful bases which can be used to obtain data, and they recommend that U3As use Contract to gather basic information from their members because we pay an annual subscription. I must admit this does not mean much to me, but I understand that what we are doing complies with the advice from the Trust.
25 July Glimpses of History Through Pub Signs Rob Adams
15 August The Canal Duke Bernard Dennis
Monthly meetings for the whole membership normally take place on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. However, the July meeting will be on the 4th Wednesday, i.e. 25th. They are usually held in the Quaker Meeting House, Frodsham Street, Chester. Doors open at 9.50am, members are asked not to arrive before that time when coffee/tea is served. Talks start at 10.30am. Members are reminded to bring their membership cards with them.
Here is a list of the Committee and officers for the next 12 months:-
Bob Armitage – Chairman.
David Mercer – Treasurer, Vice-Chair & Webmaster.
Ros Hampson – Business Secretary.
Jan Howard – Membership Secretary
Elaine Corry, Hazel Frazer, Kay Hall Wilton, Cec Offley, Pat Jones.
When Cestrian U3A was formed twelve years ago each member received a lanyard with their membership card and was asked to wear it at meetings so that people could get to know each other. This practice has lapsed as the years have gone by but our Committee think it would be helpful, especially for new members, if they wear their membership cards in their lanyards so that they are easily identifiable. We will also encourage Group Leaders to do so. If you have not received a lanyard you will be able to collect one from Jan at the table as you sign in.
One of the strengths of U3A is its groups, where small numbers of people with similar interests meet together and form real friendships. I was reading the U3A magazine, Third Age Matters, last week and noted that there are subject advisors for all sorts of activities, from Astronomy and Aviation to Theology and Whist. We have a fair range of groups at Cestrian, but it would be good to have one or two more, so if you would like to see a group catering for your particular interest please find some soul mates and have a word with one of the Committee. How about Crossword Solving or Maths for Fun (yes, really)? One nearby U3A has an Old Grumpies Group which for some reason is restricted to men! Can anyone think why?