Chard, Ilminster & District

Events

GENERAL MEETING

A general meeting open to all members and visitors of Chard, Ilminster & District U3A is held once a month (except August) in "The Guildhall" situated on Fore Street in Chard. The meeting normally takes place on the third Monday of the month, starting at 2pm and lasting to around 4pm. The meeting also gives members an opportunity to hear news and announcements about group activities, new groups, and forthcoming events. There is time for tea/coffee and biscuits during the afternoon, giving members ample opportunity to talk to group leaders or chat among themselves. The format of the afternoon is tea/coffee followed by a talk by a guest speaker at 2.15pm and this is followed by notices and business.
At present there is no charge for admission.

HOLIDAYS Janet Brown is our holiday organiser. Tel: 01460 66462 or email daintydumpling8@gmail.com

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RUSTY RACQUETS LUNCH

Rusty Racquets Lunch The Badminton Tuesday Rusty Racquets gathered recently for a summer lunch and can be seen here enjoying a drink before the meal.

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NEW MEMBERS MEETING

New Members18 On Monday 13 May a get together was held, for new members, at Donyatt village hall. Around 25 people turned up together with several committee members and a number of group leaders.
In a very relaxed atmosphere, topics discussed included how individuals heard about us, what they enjoyed about belonging to U3A and suggestions they had for improving our organisation.
New Members14 Below is a summary of the information gleaned:

The website and word of mouth seem to have been our most successful communication tools. Passing by the Guildhall and the Ilminster coffee morning also lured people in.

Things that people enjoyed were: Monthly talks, Groups, variety of activities, social activity, warm welcome and email communication.

Ideas: Facebook page.

New groups: Musical instruments, Zumba and shooting.
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Group leaders then talked about their experiences in the role. All agreed that whilst it had its ups and downs, overall it was fulfilling. We hope that this will encourage a new generation to step forward and done the mantle.

Thanks go to all who attended.

Roy Howells

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RAFFLE

Raffle Ladies Our monthly raffle has to come to an end as it has ceased to bring in a profit despite the valiant efforts of Jean Mussell and Yvonne Roskelly. We would like to express our thanks to Jean and Yvonne for all their hard work in keeping the raffle going. Our appreciation was shown at our December meeting when they were each presented with a bouquet of flowers by vice chair Barbara Gault.

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DECEMBER MEETING - The Edwardian Christmas by Yvonne Bell

Yvonne Bell Yvonne, who has a passion for the Edwardian Period gave us an informative and amusing talk on Christmas in Edwardian times, bringing back childhood memories for many of us.
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NOVEMBER 2018 MEETING

At our November meeting Steve Farrar gave a talk on Slavery - The World's Third Largest Crime.

After the meeting several members asked Steve for details of the Modern Slavery Hotline. He has since sent us a link to the website where information and a telephone number may be found.

https://www.modernslaveryhelpline.org

100TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

Eves Bouquet Eve Glover, a founder member of our U3A 23 years ago, has just celebrated her 100th birthday. We were delighted to welcome Eve at our November meeting where Barbara Gault presented her with a bouquet of flowers. Eve is our oldest member and many members will remember her cutting the birthday cake at our 20th Anniversary in May 2015. With Chairman, Roy Howells, Eve took part in a question and answer session and was able to assure us, much to Peter's delight, that Gardening not only keeps the mind young but also keeps you looking young. Many Congratulations Eve, you look wonderful.
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GROUP LEADERS' LUNCH This was held on 29th October at Donyatt Village Hall.Group Leaders
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OPEN DAY held on Monday 10th September 2018

Open Day 1 OpenDay2 Another success was our Open Day held on 10th September with displays from 30 plus groups and a steady stream of visitors.

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Chard We were lucky enough to have the Mayor, Councillor Gary Shortland, resplendent in his Chain of Office, address the gathering and then spend a considerable time taking in what was on offer and talking with members.

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We had 2 offers to set up new groups from first time attendees – Photography, in Chard, and The Written Word, in Ilminster. Details to follow when finalised. We also attracted a number of prospective new members.

A great deal of work went into planning and then delivering the day and thanks go to all those who helped and especially to Lyn Lowe who masterminded it.

Ambling Bridge Art Appreciation French Needle Craft Time for Tea Art Past Times, Cricket & Chess
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U3A NATIONAL EVENTS

Have you discovered the U3A National Events Page for what's on around the country? You will need to visit the U3A national website and register/log in to reach this page. There is online booking for most events organised by U3A national office.

These events are also listed in the Third Age Matters delivered to your door.

PLEASE NOTE It is possible to receive emails about forth coming U3A National and Regional events by joining the Events Mailing List on the Events Page at https://www.u3a.org.uk

Dates for your Diary
Meetings
Mon Sep 16th Ancient Egypt - A History in Ten Objects by Janet Diamond
Mon Oct 21st Lost in the clouds by Ros Liddington
Mon Nov 18th Mission Aviation Fellowship by Marion Field
Mon Dec 16th Christmas with Dickens by Keith Hooper
Mon Jan 20th 2020 Fiddles, fun and facts by Jane Adams
Mon Feb 17th 2020 Film about the Somerset Levels by Crewkerne Anoraks
Mon Mar 16th 2020 Seeing Differently by RNIB
Mon Apr 20th 2020 Five generations of my Anglo-Indian family during the British Raj by Jenny Mallin
Mon May 18th 2020 Cyber Crime by Fraser Keith
Mon Jun 15th 2020 AGM and talk Assistance Dogs & Training by Dogs for Good.
Mon Jul 20th 2020 My Life at Sea by Jan McNeill
Mon Aug 17th 2020 Ilminster Coffee Morning
Mon Sep 21st 2020 A Lifetime Making Music by Roger Browne
Mon Oct 19th 2020 The Market Place for Antiques in the UK today by Matthew Denney
Mon Nov 16th 2020 A view from the Wings by Brian Freeland
Mon Dec 21st 2020 Brilliant British Humour in the Forgotten Art of the Picture Postcard by James Taylor