Epping Forest


EFU3A News

Membership Renewal

Membership renewal payments will fall due on 1st September 2019. The price remains unchanged at £20 per member and £36 per couple for a 12-months period through to 31st August 2020. Renewal forms will be distributed in the August EFU3A Newsletter.

Coffee Morning with the Committee - 3rd October 2019
As we start our new Membership Year, the Committee of EFU3A is posting an invitation to all our newly signed-up members to come along to a morning meeting in Theydon Bois Village Hall to welcome those who have renewed their membership or joined us for the first time.

There will be an opportunity to meet with the Convenors of new Groups that are actively looking for members. There will be a number of groups' displays. The meeting will start shortly after 10am but displays will be available to view from 9.30am.

Members of the Committee will explain the roles they have and what goes on behind the sense in running EFU3A. We will also be introducing a number of new roles that members can help us with as part of a broader review of how we run things. The aim here is to extend and diversify the activities we provide for ourselves as part of the U3A's national network.

We hope you will want to come along. Refreshments will be served and the event is completely free. Anyone interested should contact Barrie Gunter, our Web and Information Officer, or any other member of the Committee.

EFU3A Event News
Coffee Mornings
The next Coffee Mornings meetings will take place on Wednesday 14th August in Abridge and Wednesday 11th September in Epping. Members should contact Linda Cohen for further details and to sign up for these meetings.

Afternoon Tea
Members are invited to put a date in their diary for this very popular annual event. This year Jane Malyon and The English Cream Tea Company will be talking about this traditional English custom and presenting a cream tea for members to enjoy. This years Afternoon Tea will again be held in Theydon Bois Village Hall on 30th October 2019, starting at 2pm. Tickets are £7.50 each. Contact Sandra Rosen or Heather Carnera if you are interested in joining us.

Group News

Proposed New Groups
Epping Forest is seeking expressions of interest in a number of proposed new Groups that will extend the provision of groups that already exist. These include new Current Affairs, History, Latin, Memoir Writing and Wine Tasting groups. As always, many of these new group ideas will only come to fruition if members step forward and volunteer to run them. The Executive Committee can provide support to anyone new to running EFU3A interest and study groups. Anyone interested should start by contacting the Groups' Coordinator, Linda Cohen.

Antiques and Collectibles Group
Diane Webb 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 helping to run it. This group will launch on Tuesday 19th September 2019 at 11am (for two hours) in Theydon Bois Village Hall.

Beginners Bridge
This group re-starts with a new term of twice-monthly meetings from 7th October 2019. Having graduated last year's beginner group to her weekly Wednesday Social Bridge group, Christina Yeung is launching a new beginners' group in October. It is designed for those who have never played bridge before or for those who once learned to play but haven't played for a long time. The group meets on the first and third Mondays of the month in Christina's home. Contact her for further details.

Social Bridge
This large and very friendly group plays bridge weekly every Wednesday at Victory Hall, Chigwell from 10am to 12.45pm. In Social Bridge, its convenor, Christina Yeung uses the mechanics, scoring and basic movements as in Duplicate bridge, but the goal is to provide a quick two-hour strees-free but exciting game of bridge in a social environment.

This new group will launch on Thursday 26th September. Those wishing to take part should turn up at 1.45pm for a 2pm start. The session will run for two hours. There is a cost of £4.50 per person which covers hire of the facilities. The group will meet at Epping Sports Centre, Epping. Members should bring their own badminton racquet if they have one although it may be possible to hire one. The Group Convenor is Christina Lane. Please contact Linda Cohen for further details using the Contact page of this web site.

City Walks with Mike Lear
A Roman and Medieval Walk" will take place on Sunday 18th August at 11am. The walk will start from Tower Hill tube station. Anyone interested should contact Mike Lear for more details.

Current Affairs
At the recent New Members Meeting a number of new members expressed an interest in joining the Current Affairs discussion group. The existing group is full, but the level of new interest suggests there is a demand enough to form a second group. The Current Affairs group convenor, Barrie and Jill Gunter, will run a taster group on 26th September 2019 for those who are interested.

The idea behind this event will be show how the existing group is run. We hope then that someone from among those new members that have expressed an interest in this type of group can be encouraged to run a second group.

Please note: This new group will only go ahead if someone, from among those interested, is prepared to volunteer to run it.

Anyone interested in joining (and running) such a group can contact Barrie whose details are shown in the monthly Newsletter on the Committee list usually shown on the last page. You can also reach him vis his contact button on the Contact page of this web site

History Group
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 new group will begin on Thursday 5th September at 11.00am. It is being led by former Latin teacher, Andrea Osborne. Learn how to read Latin, find out about Roman culture and civilisation, and examine the ways Latin has influenced the English language. Contact Andrea or Linda Cohen for further details.

My Garden
This group has now started. Steve Baker, EFU3A Vice-Chairman and Speakers' Co-ordinator, would like to hear from members interested in joining the new gardening group. The group involves members visiting each others' gardens and sharing hints and tips about gardening. Steve is happy to meet with those interested in pursuing this new activity. See the EFU3A Newsletter for further information about how to contact Steve, or simply use the Vice-Chair button on the Contact page of this web site to send him a message.

Play Reading Group
After 20 years of loyal service, Babs Oakley has decided to stand down from running this study group. It normally runs on alternate Thursdays from the convenor's home. Babs and the EFU3A Committee are looking for someone to take over running this group. It might be something an existing group member could take on, given their familiarity with the way the group works. Or a new member, possibly someone on the waiting list, or another new member, would be interested in having a go.

The Committee can provide support. Babs herself has also offered to help any new Group Convenor learn the ropes. Running study groups of this sort is not a complex matter. Sadly, if no one does step forward, the group - after 20 years - will cease to exist. EFU3A, like all other U3As, is dependent upon its own members stepping forward to help to run its activities.

EFU3A is starting a new Snooker Group. It will meet at Loughton Club in the centre of Loughton. The first session will be held on Tuesday 24th September. Those wishing to take part should turn up at 9.45am for a 10.00am start. The group has access to two tables for up to four hours. There is a charge of £4 per table per hour for overhead lighting.. In addition, it is necessary to become a member of Loughton Club for a charge of £10 a year if you are retired (otherwise it is £20). Loughton Club is initially allowing EFU3A to run a taster session for free. With membership, members of Loughton Club gain access to its free parking. The Group Convenor will be Stephen Cowan. If you are interested please contact Linda Cohen via this Contact page of this web site.

Walking Football
This new group will launch on Thursday 26th September 2019. Members interested in joining this group should turn up at 12.45pm for a 1,00pm start. The session will last for one hour. The cost is £2.50 per person. There will be a coach on hand to explain the rules of this version of the game. The Group Convenor is Phil Merritt. Contact Linda Cohen vi the Contact page on this site for further details.

Walking Netball
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. Further information is provided in the monthly EFU3A Newsletter.

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.