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.
Evita at Regents Park Open Air Theatre
Tickets are available to EFU3A Members for this show on Thursday 15th August 2019 at 2.15pm. Tickets cost £26.80 each. Contact Sandra Rosen for more information. She can be reached through the Contact page on this web site.
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 proposed new Group has been provisionally titled "A Little Light Music". It will be run from a Member's home in Woodford Green and expects to run twice a month on alternate Mondays between 2pm and 4pm. Members will view and discuss DVDs of light opera and musicals and music associated with ballet and other arts. Further details including who to contact about this possible new activity can be found in the monthly Newsletter and on the Newsreel shown at each Main Monthly Meeting.
Linda Cohen has advertised this possible new group and is seeking expressions of interest in it. An initial game has been arranged on Tuesday, 12th February, at Epping Sports Centre, 25 Hemnall Street, Epping, CM16 4LU from 11.30am to 12.30pm. The charge is £3 per person. Please contact Linda for more information. She can be contacted via the Contact page on this web site.
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."
The Roding Valley Science Talks resumed on Tuesday 15th January and are held at 3pm in Theydon Bois Village Hall. On Tuesday, 19th February, Doug Harryman (EFU3A and RVU3A) will given a second mathematics talk about 'Enlargements, Graphs and Curves'.