News from Evesham and District u3a
If you're not already a member check out our Quarterly Newsletters and Public Facebook group, our interest Groups, and our Events page for our meetings and outings to see why you should come and join u3a.
We publish news about our u3a in the Quarterly Newsletters. Please download the latest Issue 80 June 2022 (PDF) or Issue 80 June 2022 for members which includes telephone numbers but will require the password provided in Alison's email 21st May.
Volunteers’ Week was 1-7 June and the u3a have been showcasing the incredible contribution that members make by sharing their skills and experience with the movement. Click Celebrating Volunteers 10.06.22 to read the full story.
Reconvened AGM 2022
The Committee would like to thank those members who attended the scheduled AGM on 1st June either in person or on zoom or by providing their votes by email. Sadly, despite offering these alternatives we were unable to establish a quorum and the meeting had to be adjourned. We will now move to stage 2 of the process as detailed in our constitution (written from guidance from the u3a and the Charity Commission). Every year appointments and reappointments to the committee must be approved at the AGM to ensure the Evesham and District branch is able to continue.
Notice is now therefore given of a reconvened AGM of the Evesham and District u3a, to be held at the Methodist Church, 69 Bridge Street, Evesham, WR11 4SF on Wednesday 6th July 2022 at 1.30pm For documentation see Members info
Vacancy on the Board, Third Age Trust
A vacancy has arisen on the Board of the Third Age Trust because the current Vice Chair has decided to step down. Allan Walmsley, trustee of the West Midlands Region u3a, has put forward his nomination for the Vice Chair position. Nominations close on 17 June and there will then be elections for all the vacant positions. If Allan is successful it will leave a vacancy on the Board for the Trustee of the West Midlands Region. If you are a u3a member in the West Midlands area and interested in this position you can read Allans full message and contact Allan Walmsley for further information and a chat.
The Third Age Trust Short Story Competition 2022
The competition has been launched in partnership with Bloomsbury. Subject to the competition rules, any u3a member may enter, whether or not they belong to a Writing group, as long as they submit their entry through the online portal.
Your story can be fiction or non-fiction, but must be no more than 1500 words on the theme of 'opening(s)'. Visit Creative writing competition 2022 on the u3a website for the full rules (please read carefully) and the submission portal.
The deadline for entries is 16th June and winners will be announced in September.
Click this link for the West Midlands Newsletter May edition. This issue includes recruitment ideas for the future and an events programme for some of the celebrations throughout the year for the 40th anniversary of the u3a movement. If you are planning an event to raise awareness of the u3a and recruit new members there may be a grant available, details in the newsletter. For earlier issues click West Midlands Region Newsletters
Visit the Cotswold Link Events page for information about two interesting events coming up. A special interest day on the 6th July Mitigating Climate Change and Environmental Impacts and a workshop on the 26th October for the Robot Constructors National Challenge. You can also find the information on our Events page.
Some u3a members have joined in with Worcestershire CCCs new Walking Cricket, which they run for over-50s at Wallace House every Tuesday 2-3pm. Why not give it a try?
We post more ad-hoc news on our two Facebook groups:
- Public Facebook group for news about our interest groups and their activities, and some news from u3a around the country
- Evesham and District u3a Facebook for members only, please request to join - and if you are not sure how to do things on Facebook please ask for help.
- Instagram is coming to u3a Evesham too. Watch this space!
Happy Birthday To Us
November 2021 sees the 20th birthday of Evesham u3a. We've hunted through the archives to see how it all began, and it's been wonderful to find some of the inspired founder members who are still members today. Those little acorns have grown into a mighty oak. Even a pandemic couldn’t keep us down. Many groups kept going right through lockdowns and most are back in full swing. Group leaders have been busy searching out more suitable venues and ensuring members are safe. We come to organisations like the u3a for so many different reasons - How to deal with that free time after retirement? How to keep body and mind active? Or perhaps, like me, you suddenly find yourself alone. Later this year we plan to celebrate this milestone and everything u3a has meant to its members over the past two decades. We would love to hear your stories. Let's keep that mighty oak growing! Deborah Andrews, Chair 7/10/21
Discounts for members
The garden centre at Twyford Home & Garden, the Valley gives u3a members a 10% discount on full-price items. As one of our members put it "The discount at the garden centre is worth the u3a membership fees alone. I have earned its value many times over!" When you check out just show your membership card and ask politely!
National and Regional u3a
- read the u3a National newsletter is distributed online by the Third Age Trust, the latest issue is Newsletter Express - Happy New Year
- download the u3a Radio Podcast with captions from all major podcast platforms, including Apple, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and the u3a YouTube channel. In the January episode, the team discuss the Kindertransport learning initiative, talk to a member of u3a in Australia, and hear about the milestone of 5,000 trees being planted in the u3a 40th anniversary wood.
- check our links for regional and national events, study, and discounts
Virtual performance by our Concert Band