What is the Hadleigh U3A and what is it all about?
Our slogan is Learn, Laugh and Live! Currently there are some 1035 U3A's in the UK and we have 270 members in the Hadleigh area alone so we hope we are succeeding in that aim.
No academic qualifications are necessary or to be gained. Membership is open equally to men and women, the only requirement being that they are no longer in full-time paid employment yet still have their marbles and a healthy interest in the world outside the confines of home and daytime television!
For a modest basic subscription of £15.00 (Associate member £8.50 annually, available to those who are fully paid up members of other U3A’s). Members can attend our twelve monthly meetings, each with a guest speaker, and can access any of our twenty three special interest groups. These are run by members for members and cover a wide range of subjects and new ideas are always welcome. To name just a few, our groups cover subjects as diverse as Antiques, Current Affairs, Genealogy, Computer Skills, Psychology, Social History, Jazz Appreciation, Scrabble, Painting, Luncheon Clubs and Garden Visiting.
Our monthly speaker meetings play to a full house at the United Reformed Church Market Place Hadleigh IP7 5DL
Our theatre trips, outings and holidays provide experiences and opportunities that many of our members might not otherwise be able to have, and certainly not in such companionable company as when we do it in a group of like-minded people. We also hold a summer party at the Guildhall and a Christmas Lunch, currently at Hintlesham Hall. All these additional events are organised by our committee, charged at cost and open to all members.
So if any of this sounds like your kind of thing, why not come along on the second Monday of any month at 2.30 pm, where you will be very welcome. Contact our membership secretary Louise if you would like to know more
Message about HADLEIGH U3A 2020-21 MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL
Dear U3A Member
You will have already received your membership renewal form for the coming year starting 1st September.
It goes without saying that 2020 has been a difficult year for us all and this has applied to our U3A as much as anyone. The total lockdown started on 23rd March, fortunately after we had held our March activities but from April at our virtual monthly committee meetings we found ourselves having to cancel all our planned events and this has continued over the five months to the present.
Fortunately some of our groups have managed to think laterally and found other ways to adapt to pursue their area of interest and the government guidelines have gradually expanded the ways in which various numbers of people can now come together in suitably socially distanced situations. A useful website to keep up to date on these rules can be found at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do. Particularly relevant to us is clause 2.9. Helpful reading for members of our special interest groups.
However, no-one can know for certain at the present moment when we will be able to return to our ‘old normal’ activities but in the meantime we must all look at ways we can make the immediate future as fulfilling and enjoyable as possible. It is always worth remembering that we have been lucky enough to live in one of the areas with the lowest incidence of coronavirus throughout the UK.
To go back to the renewal, we have looked at our budget for the coming year and calculated our likely costs and have decided to delay implementing the increased membership fee which was approved at the 2019 AGM and so have held the fee at £12.00. This includes the annual fee of £4.00 per member which we have to pay to the Third Age Trust to cover the national liability insurance for all UK U3As as well as the other services they provide. This leaves us with just £8.00 per member for the running of Hadleigh U3A.
We will of course restart as much as we can whenever it becomes possible. At the end of the coming year we will review the overall financial situation, hopefully in the light of a clearer idea of the future.
We will of course continue to keep you informed of developments. We are frequently contacted by speakers and organisations offering online presentations. We dipped a toe in the water with the series on the history of Suffolk and we would welcome your feedback to enable us to gauge the level of interest in this alternative to our speaker meetings until such time as we can resume them. Do please feel free to contact either me or any of the committee you may know and tell us how you feel about this, using zoom etc.
Meanwhile take care and keep well.
With very best regards from
Sue Witham and your Committee