Welcome to Coventry Spires U3A
COVENTRY SPIRES U3A - Thankfully, on July 19th Government Lockdown restrictions eased.
Our meetings resumed with the AGM on Thursday 19th August 2021.
It was lovely to see so many people at the meeting.
Officers and committee members will remain unchanged until the next regular AGM which we hope will be in January 2022.
For those members who paid their subscription for 2020/21 there will be no fee due. For those who did not pay, the fee is £12 for 2021/22 -this will be due at the August meeting. For those who cannot attend the August meeting but wish to renew their membership, mailed subscriptions by cheque made out to Coventry Spires U3A should be sent with a stamped addressed envelope for your membership card to Roger Clark.
From 1st March 2022 our annual membership fee will be £12.50 with an additional £2.50 if you want to buy 'Third Age Matters' the national U3A magazine, which is sent to you by direct mail. You can come along to three of our general meetings before you need to join, as well as attending two group meetings. There is no charge during this period.
Membership is annually from 1st April until 31st March & you are issued a membership card as a receipt.
If you are a member of another U3A & pay their full subscription (proof of membership required), then membership of Coventry Spires is only £8:50, payable to Coventry Spires.
With regard to Covid precautions, please note that all chairs will be set out using 1 metre spacing but people coming together can move chairs as desired. Wearing masks will be optional. There will be sanitisers at the door which must be used before entering, please. People will be asked in a friendly manner if they have been double-vaccinated but if, for whatever reason, someone has not been vaccinated, they will be asked to sit in designated places at the back of the hall. We will not be asking for an NHS letter showing proof of vaccination, but you can bring along your little card if you wish. We will be asking for volunteers to be on tea duty - those members will be given plastic gloves to wear, and will be asked to wear their masks. We will ask people to queue at the kitchen hatch one row at a time. All windows and doors will be opened.
If you will be attending, please let Roger Clark know by email or on 07935957672 so that suitable arrangements can be made for setting out the hall.
WHAT IS IT & WHY SHOULD I JOIN?
U3A stands for University of the Third Age, is a much more down to earth organisation.than its name suggests. The word "university" is used in its original sense of people coming together to share and pursue learning in all its forms, both academic and recreational.
The main aim is to encourage and enable older people who are no longer in full time paid employment, and with a little time to spare, to help each other in sharing their knowledge, skills, interests and experience. The remit is very wide, covering educational, cultural, recreational, physical and social aspects of life.
Members take part in activities because they enjoy them; there are no exams, awards or qualifications. The U3A is run by members for members; they arrange and run their programmes to suit their own skills and desires.
Coventry Spires U3A was formed in May 2002, when the existing Coventry Branch was deemed to have reached capacity. We now have close on 300 members.
We hold a general meeting in St Barbara's Church Hall, in Rochester Rd, Earlsdon on the third Thursday of every month. Our meetings start promptly at 2:15pm, so please get there for about 2pm to be signed in.
At most of these meetings we invite a speaker to give a talk on a topic of general interest, followed by a welcome, free, mug of tea or coffee & biscuits. You are invited to attend three of these meetings as a guest before deciding whether you wish to join. The Committee arranges day visits to places of interest and most years they also organise a holiday. The main thrust of our activities lies with our Groups, which range from rambling and bowls on one hand to art appreciation and current affairs on the other.
Every three months we produce a copy of our newsletter, “Hot Off the Press” to advertise these groups and also to let you know about any holidays, day trips, or other special events which may be coming up.