Eastbourne Central


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Registered Charity No. 296422

Welcome to Eastbourne Central U3A.
It has been a difficult year and a half, but we are returning to something near ‘normality’. With the government vaccine rollout and the drop in infections, we are optimistic that monthly talks and study groups, where we can socialise, will operate much as before but with some extra safety precautions in place.

However, we realise that unforeseen events could affect our plans, so we must be flexible.

During the pandemic, several study groups continued to meet via Zoom or exchanged newsletters and there are some talks available to members via YouTube.

Please note that if you wish to renew your membership or join us as a new member please return the enrolment form (available for download on the links page) to the Membership Secretary, details on the form, and either send a cheque or pay by BACS.

Due to government restrictions, we were not able to hold our AGM last March. Nevertheless, there remains the obligation to keep you informed. Members Michael Traill and Jill Scott-Taggart resigned from the committee and I thank them warmly for all that they have done. I am pleased to say that three members have come forward who are willing to serve. They are Kathryn King who will act as our new Social Secretary, Jane Bradley who will be the new Speakers Secretary and David Lampert. All other committee members have agreed to stay in post until the next AGM in 2022.

The financial accounts for 2020 have been examined and approved. Thanks go to Roger Whellams for checking the paperwork. Our current bank balance is just under £3500, which will fall to around £3000 after deduction of anticipated expenditure, but it should enable us to pay for hall hire and outside speakers next year as well as startup grants for new study groups.
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Previously I mentioned that we had constructive discussions with Meads and Wealden branches of U3A to see how we could collaborate and share ideas with one another. This is ongoing. Eastbourne Central has 382 members, including 9 new members and 36 who are joint members with other branches. Last year when we reduced our annual membership fee to £8. Until the pandemic, our ‘normal’ membership fee was kept at £12.50 for a decade and most of us would agree that this was excellent value considering the variety of activities our branch offers, but this year we will be reinstating the £12.50 membership charge, as we need to cover all likely costs. Also, all U3A branches are required to pay a £4 capitation fee to Third Age Trust Head Office every year from our subscriptions regardless of the local membership fee set.

It is therefore so important to have your continued loyalty and I hope you will stay with us as we endeavour to get back to normal as regulations allow.

Mike Tribe, chairman.