Dunmow

Welcome To Great Dunmow

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Henry VIII ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING — Your chance to influence the future of your U3A

Guest Speaker: TONY HARRIS as Henry VIII, England's Favourite King

Meeting starts at 2:00 pm on Wednesday 26 June, in the E T Foakes Hall, Great Dunmow.

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A Note From the Chair

Dear Friends,

Time marches on! The gardens are looking good with all the Spring flowers out. We are just about to experience that wonderful time in England when the roses all come out - then the gardens really turn beautiful.

In June we see the completion of the U3A year with our AGM. We have a lot to report to you. The U3A now has well over thirty active groups, all thriving. We are starting now to create new beginner groups as others become experienced! Our outings remain very popular and the team are now intending to introduce new visits every month so that there will be plenty of opportunities for everybody. Our membership is also well over 500 so that we now have enough members to be able to offer a wide range of activities for us all. We are going from strength to strength.

I hope that you enjoyed last month's speaker's talk about his life as a gamekeeper.

With Best Wishes

John Versey
Chairman
Dunmow U3A

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Vice-Chair and Welfare Officer - Jane Tadman

I hope you enjoyed the Health and Well Being Event on March 27. There were stands from a number of local charities and organisations with lots of information and an opportunity for people to join us and see for themselves all that we have to offer including meeting people and the chance to make new friends whilst at the same time taking part in an activity or attending one of our interesting talks at the monthly meetings.

If you are coming to a meeting on your own, please contact me so I can arrange to meet you and introduce you to Dunmow U3A.

I can arrange for a card to be sent to any member who is unwell or bereaved. It would also be nice to celebrate significant birthdays. This, of course, does not preclude groups and individuals from doing the same.

You can contact me at » Jane Tadman.

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A NEW WAY TO SUPPORT UTTLESFORD COMMUNITY TRAVEL

Many UCT bus of our members use Uttlesford Community Travel for shopping, trips to the hairdressers, to visit friends, and to get to all types of medical appointments. UCT provides services to residents of Uttlesford who find it difficult to access normal public transport, who are over 60, or are disabled or rurally isolated.

There is a new way in which you can support Uttlesford Community Travel. You can raise funds for them every time you shop online at over 3,300 online stores, without costing yourself a penny. Find out more on UCT’s » easyfundraising page.

You already know that they need volunteers like you — people who are no longer in full time work — to help with administration at their Dunmow office. They need drivers, both male and female, for their minibuses and also, using your own car, to carry people to and from appointments at surgeries and hospitals. One half-day in the office, or one journey a week, would make a huge difference. Please consider becoming a volunteer » Uttlesford Community Travel.

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Dunmow U3A, launched October 2015, is one of the 1,039 U3As affiliated to the Third Age Trust across the UK, currently with over 425,000 members. U3As are self-help, self-managed, lifelong learning co-operatives for people in their ‘third age’ and no longer in full time work. Eligibility is not determined by age, but by availability of time. U3As provide opportunities for members to share learning experiences by means of a wide range of interest groups conducive to learning and personal development. This allows pursuit of learning, not for qualifications, but for fun.

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Can I Join?
Our University of the Third Age (U3A) is open to all in Great Dunmow and the surrounding area who are actively interested in helping each other by sharing their knowledge, skills, interests and experience. We have a yearly subscription of £13 per person. This subscription is a reduction from that charged last year and in common with many other U3A's there is now no reduction for members of other U3A's.

» Membership Application Form. — Click this link to open and print a Membership form for 2019/2020. Please complete the Gift Aid section (as applicable) and sign the form. At our monthly meetings new members can join and existing members can renew their membership. If you send the form to our Membership Secretary please enclose a stamped addressed envelope for the return of your membership cards. Click Membership Secretary to make contact via Email. [If you have a problem opening the PDF file, visit the » Hints/Tips page].