Membership renewal payments will fall due on 1st February 2019. At the Annual General Meeting of Epping Forest U3A held on 5th November 2018, Members agreed a Committee recommendation to bring the Membership Year in line with the Financial Year. This would be achieved in two stages. Members will pay a reduced subscription to cover the period 1st February to 31st August 2019. This will be half the normal annual subscription. Hence payments of £10 per member or £18 per couple will be made on 1st February 2019. From then on annual payments (£20 per member/£36 per couple) will be made on 1st September, beginning in 2019.
EFU3A Event News
Exclusive EFU3A Visit to Copped Hall
Following the talk about Copped Hall at our December Monthly Meeting, an outing to the site is being arranged for the 10th May 2019. This event will provide our Members with an opportunity to visit and be taken on an exclusive guided tour of this historical site. The tour lasts around three hours and includes, coffee, tea and cakes. The ticket price is £12 which includes refreshments. Members with mobility issues can be accommodated. Anyone interested should contact Steve Baker. He can be reached through the Contact page on this web site.
I Spy London Clues Trail
Another of our very popular clues trails events will be held on Sunday 9th June 2019. Entrants should meet at the Paternoster pub near St Paul's Cathedral. Aim to get there by 1pm. St Paul's Central Line tube station is just round the corner. We usually compete in teams of 4-5. Entrants can make up their own teams or else ask the organisers to sort this out for them. We usually have a bite to eat before setting out and then return to the Paternoster late afternoon for some more refreshments. You should expect to walk 3-4 miles at leisurely pace while looking out for clues as you go. It is a great way to see central London in a completely different light. Contact: Sandra Rosen, whose details can be found in the Newsletter. She can also be reached via the Contact page on this web site.
Antiques & Collectibles Soiree
Members are invited to attend an evening event about auctioneering, antiques and collectibles. Food will also be available. This event will be held in Theydon Bois Village on Friday 14th June 2019 7.00-11.00pm. David Webster of Sworders auctioneers will give a talk about the world of auctioneering and will be available to value a limited number of items brought along by Members. Tickets cost £17.50 per person. Contact Christine Baker for further details and to book a place. She can be reached via the Contact page on this web site. Her details are also available in the Monthly Newsletter.
Proposed New Groups
Epping Forest is seeking expressions of interest in a number of proposed new Groups. These include a possible new Antiques group, History, and Music Appreciation Group ("A Little Light Music".
Chrystine Hobbs wishes to hear from anyone who might be interested in participating in an Antiques Group. She is seeking both Members who would like to participate and any Members with expertise in antiques who might get involved in running it. The format would resemble that of the BBC's Antiques Roadshow in which Members bring along items to be assessed and possibly valued.
The current EFU3A History Group has proven to be very popular and its membership is full. There are sufficient Members now on a waiting list for this Group that the Committee is seeking to establish a second History Group. Any Members on the waiting list for the current group or anyone else with an interest in history is invited to come forward to join and to help run a new History Group. Its Members will need to decide how often they meet and where, and also which period(s) of history they wish to examine. The Executive Committee can provide initial support in relation to setting up a new group. Anyone interested should contact Linda Cohen, the Groups Co-ordinator at EFU3A. She can be reached through the Contact page on this web site.
This group has now started and is still looking for new members. It will be led by Christina Lane. Anyone interested should contact her or contact EFU3A Groups Co-ordinator Linda Cohen via the Contact page on this web site. The group will meet on Tuesdays at Epping Sports Centre, 25 Hemnall Street, Epping, CM16 4LU from 11.15am to 12.30pm. The charge is £3 per person. See also the new Groups page for this group where dates of future meetings are listed.
Other Group News
Writing for our Web News, Group Leader Linda Cohen reports: "The Coffee Mornings have been running very successfully now for nine months. They are a wonderful opportunity for Members to meet other Members at Epping Forest U3A. They are designed especially to help new Members by creating an informal, unpressured way of meeting people and having a chat."
"The way it works is that I advertise in the Newsletter for a host to hold a coffee morning and he or she can decide how many people should be invited. These meetings usually attract between six and 12 people but the ceiling on numbers is set by the host who decides how many they can comfortably accommodate. Refreshments are normally provided, but hosts are not expected or required to do anything fancy."
"Hosts don't need to be out of pocket either in providing refreshments. The Executive Committee of EFU3A has undertaken to fund these meetings for their first 12 months. After then, as with all other Groups, Members are asked to contribute a small amount each (usually less than 50p) towards these costs. However, some hosts in the past have decided to waive making any claims of this sort."
"When you phone me to host a Coffee Morning, I take a few details to agree with you a date, time, venue, availability of parking, and the maximum number of people that can be accommodated. The dates are then published in the Newsletter, the web site, and the Newsreel hat is shown in the main hall before the Main Monthly meeting. About a week before the event I inform the host of the names of the people that have booked to attend your Coffee Morning sessions."
"I would really like to emphasize that these meetings are not just for our lady Members but also for gentlemen. We would really love to see more men at these events. Come on gents, don't be shy."
"I shall be delighted to hear from anyone who would like to host one of these meetings. They really can help our Members to feel more engaged with our U3A."