The Summer Activities Fortnight - 21 activities over 10 days - what an achievement? What a success? 467 attendances in total. That's quite something to be proud of and quite something that members had such fantastic sessions.The programme included 6 physical fitness sessions from sequence dancing to a guided walk on the Common; 3 social gatherings including a 'Royal' Afternoon tea; 5 sessions where some serious thinking was required which included a crash course in Signing and studying the conspiracy theories around 9/11; we had 2 artistic gatherings, 4 aimed at enhancing personal responsibility, which included a St John Ambulance Training and a presentation on the Lasting Power of Attorney. Oh, and we had wine tasting!!!! I have had so many positive comments, which makes the hard work worthwhile. We are already thinking about 2019, so if you have ideas or a good contact please let us know. If you click on SUMMER ACTIVITIES you will see some pictures of the events.

In October our regular monthly General Meeting will be the Annual General Meeting, with the Mayor of Croydon in attendance. We will also have a representative from the Croydon Refugee Centre to speak to us after the business part of the meeting is over. I have just written my Chairman's Annual Report, and it was surprising how long the list of 'Highlights of the Year' is. Croydon is a very vibrant U3A, with lots going on.

From Tuesday 28th to Thursday 30th August, I will be attending the Third Age Trust National Conference in Nottingham. Last year was my first time at such an event and I found it very stimulating. The lectures and workshops were all very good and I was able to swap ideas with members from far and wide. Attending such events and taking part in training sessions and workshops, as many of the Committee do, enables us to keep abreast of changes and engage in some shared learning. This year I will be leading a 'down-time' Chair Yoga session.

Have a look at the Third Age Trust report, 'Learning not Lonely' on the national website - use the link on bar above. Another Croydon member and myself were invited to the launch of the report at a Reception at the Houses of Parliament, and I was invited to speak. All MPs have now received a copy. At a recent Committee meeting we went through the 'Challenges' (page 18 of the document) and decided that we are doing pretty well.

If you are thinking of joining Croydon U3A, we are a very friendly bunch, and you will be very welcome to come to a General Meeting as a visitor, to check us out.

New members always bring much experience and expertise to the organisation to enhance and develop it. If an Interest Group you are looking for isn't there, it's time to talk to us. We will help you find some like-minded members to form a new group. We can help with start up costs, venue hire, advice and support and the National Office has a number of subject advisers. U3As are run by the members for the members. There is no set list of groups - it's whatever the members want for themselves. Come along, be radical in retirement.

We hope to see you soon.

Best Wishes to all

Jenny Wilson

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