There were just sufficient members present at the AGM on Monday to constitute a quorum and enable the meeting to proceed. Many thanks to those who attended. Also to Jock Gardner for standing in at short notice, to give us an interesting and informative talk on Ian Fleming.
The proposed amendments to our constitution were agreed. The Annual Reports and Accounts were approved.
John Moxon stepped down as Vice Chairman and was replaced by Robert Serman. Diana Serman replaced Christine Gates, who retired as Accommodation Secretary. Although due to retire, Clare Fripp kindly agreed to stay on for a further year as Membership Secretary. Warwick Lywood also agreed to serve for another year as Treasurer.
David Dullaway was appointed once again as our Independent Examiner.
Our Committee Members for the coming year, who are also our Trustees, comprise :
Chairman Allen Chubb
Vice Chairman Robert Serman
Secretary Mandy Blanks
Treasurer Warwick Lywood
Membership Secretary Clare Fripp
Group Co-ordinator Lorna Wright
Speakers Secretary Jock Gardner
Accommodation Secretary Diana Serman
Publicity Secretary Allen Chubb

Would you know how to save the life of an adult or child who suddenly suffers from cardiac arrest, major haemorrhage, choking or anaphylaxis ?
We now have a new member David Lee, an experienced first aid instructor and retired surgeon, who has kindly offered to train us in valuable life-saving skills. This is a free two-hour single session, with a presentation, talk, demonstration and practical training. Trainees will be shown how to resuscitate and to use a debrillator. All training is to the standard defined by The Resuscitation Council.
This first session is to be held at The Wesley Room in The Methodist Church Hall, opposite Lion Green. Casual clothing should be worn, as members will be practising at floor level. Printed notes and a certificate of attendance will be supplied.
If you want to grab a place at this session, which is limited to 20 members, please contact the Organiser Hilda Russell as soon as possible, via our Group Coordinator – see the Contact page on our website.

Places are still available on the three remaining five-week courses :
Course B 19th Nov to 17th Dec
Course C 7th Jan to 4th Feb
Course D 18th Feb to 18th Mar
These are held at a private house in Grayswood on Fridays from 9.30am to 11.00am. Course content details are on our website – https://u3asites.org.uk/haslemere/page/114022
Contact : Angela Wheeler, via our Group Coordinator – see the Contact page on our website.

There are several spare places in this group, which meets each Wednesday in term time for 2 hours from 10.00am, at the Methodist Church Hall, at a cost of just £2 per session. Enquiries to Beryl Bishop, via our Group Coordinator – see the Contact page on our website

Benny Breitmaier, editor of the local newpaper in our twin town Horb am Neckar, came in October to see and report on life here, spending an afternoon talking in German to our German Conversation Group about life in Haslemere and Horb. To see his weekly summary of what’s going on in Horb and beyond, go to https://neckar-chronik.de/Nachrichten/podcast

We are sad to announce that two of our members have died recently.
STEWART BROWN was a great walker and belonged with his wife Susanna to one of our rambling groups. He gave exceptional service to Haslemere as Chairman of Haslemere Vision, for which he received a Volunteer Award. He died at home on 17th October after a long battle with cancer. An interesting obituary written by Susanna appeared in the Haslemere Herald.
GERRY ROFF has also died peacefully at home, after a long illness. He led our Genealogy Group for at least ten years and was a brilliant teacher, as his many students would confirm.


OUR A.G.M. ON 8th NOVEMBER at 1.30pm at Haslemere Hall
Please try to come to our AGM and note the early start time. Our constitution requires 15% of our members to be present – otherwise there would not be a quorum and the AGM would have to be adjourned to a future date. It should only take about 30 minutes and will be followed by an exciting talk “Barrow to Baghdad”, given by the much-travelled novelist Philip Caine
The Notice of Meeting/Agenda and the following related documents can be found on our website, under a new section entitled “AGM” :

  • Draft Minutes of 2020 AGM
  • Proposed amendments to Constitution
  • Chairman’s Report
  • Treasurer’s Report & Accounts
  • Trustees Annual Report

S.O.S : We are desperately in need of a new Accommodation Secretary and are sure that there is someone among you who could take this on. Please consider whether this is something which would suit YOU and, if it might be, then contact us. The role description is on our website contact page. At the moment, an unfilled hole in our team is looming.
After four years as an excellent Membership Secretary, Clare has reluctantly agreed to stay on for a further year if no one steps forward for this role, but this is another hole which we need to fill. Would this suit YOU ?

Our new Facebook page is receiving much praise. Do have a look, via Haslemereu3a/Facebook. It gives up to date information and news on what’s happening. However, we do please need regular photos and articles from groups. If you have something of interest at any time which is u3a related, please contact Judith using the Publicity Link on the contact page
Meeting on the third Thursday of the month at different local pubs and restaurants, with a mixture of men and women, the first lunch has been fixed for 21st October. For those who don’t drive, it may be possible to arrange lifts. If you are interested in joining, please contact the leader Barbara Jeffers via our Groups Co-ordinator using the contacts section of our website, with your membership no.
Barbara is the proud winner of our caption competition and has received the promised bottle of Prosecco. For the picture of E.T. with our Chairman, Barbara wrote “A grandchild is always beautiful.”

This weekly two-hour Thursday morning class at Grayswood Club has now resumed. For beginners and improvers alike, the aim is to introduce you to a wide variety of media and is designed to help you gain artistic confidence. Starting with teaching you to draw using tones, watercolours, ink, oil paints, pastels and mixed media, Gina is an encouraging art teacher with nearly 30 years experience, who is keen to show you how enjoyable and rewarding the process can be. Places are still available. The cost per class is £15, payable in advance for those classes still to be held for the term at the time of joining. Enquiries to John on 01428 647977.

This new group also meets at Grayswood Club, on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 1.45 pm. Initially aimed at those who have played the guitar in the past, there are some group members who are complete novices and one or two more determined learners can be accommodated. One member is a former ballet dancer, so if the group is ever invited to play on Top of the Pops Revived, Pan’s people will not be required. Those interested should contact the Leader Michael Kent, via the Guitar Group website page.

The Spanish Conversation Group has finally been launched and is meeting on alternate Thursdays at 4.30pm, with a native speaker in its midst, who will help to maintain a high standard in its discussions. To join, please contact the Group Organiser John Brennan, via our Groups Co-ordinator, using the Contacts section of our website

The Group enjoyed its inaugural train trip on 7th October, when nine members went on the slow train from Haslemere to Havant, giving them time to discuss key historical features along the route. The group learned about tunnel gradients and other issues, including the “Battle of Havant”, a fight between two rival railway companies, and the obstacles overcome in opening our own Portsmouth Direct railway line. There was a pause for a lunch of pies and ales at an attractive 16th Century timbered establishment, The Old House at Home, before the party had a brief look at Havant and returned home on the up line. The next outing is on 4th November to Portsmouth and Gosport.


Although some of our members are not very worried about Covid now, on the grounds that this is no longer a major cause of death or serious illness among those who are double-jabbed, we must recognise that others are still nervous, particularly those with underlying health conditions.

Importantly, the Hall have agreed that at our events their ventilation system (but not the separate air conditioning system) will be in operation – this involves grilles at the edges of the floor and on the front of the stage, where air is sucked in from outside, and outlets on the very high ceiling where air is sucked out. In addition, the Hall has agreed that for the time being all or most of the side and external doors will be kept open to promote ventilation – this means that you may need to keep your coats on. Our Groups using the Hall may want to take similar steps. The external door into the annexe can be kept open too.

There are now normal seating arrangements once again. Wearing of masks is optional. Hand sanitiser is available on entry and hands can of course be washed in the toilets.

Our long-awaited return to the Hall commences next Monday 6th September at 1.30pm, Enrolment Day, when we hope to enrol lots of new members.


We had successful days last Sunday at Haslemere Unlocked and the next day at Fernhurst Revels, which with our recent publicity campaign and our now much-visited website have helped to raise our profile. There were many enquiries from people nearing retirement or newly-retired. Many thanks to those members who helped. We have our stall again tomorrow (Saturday) at Beacon Hill Recreation Ground for their Fair, starting at 12.30pm – do pay us a visit, if you can.


We are still seeking a Vice Chairman, Membership Secretary and Accommodation Secretary, to start in November. The Membership Secretary role ideally needs someone who has experience of using a database and can work with spreadsheets – a full description of the role can be found on our website. If you are interested in joining our team in one of these positions or know of another member who might be suitable, please contact one of our Committee.

SPEAKERS MEETING ON 13th September at 2.00pm

We return to Haslemere Hall for a talk by Andrew Bustin on his life as a film and TV Extra and hope that you will be able to join us there.


WE’RE HAVING A TEA PARTY ON GRAYSWOOD VILLAGE GREEN from 3.00pm on Wednesday 18th August. Do come along and bring your friends and families. Bring chairs or blankets to sit on, as well as food and drink. Grayswood Club ( not The Village Hall ) have kindly agreed to make their toilets available. Free parking is near the Green and there should be no traffic problem, because Grayswood School is on holiday – you can even park on the yellow zig-zag lines. No need to reply – just turn up with a smile. Obviously, this is subject to possible postponement in the event of adverse weather – in that event we will notify you by email.

Do renew now, if you have not already done so - you should have heard from our Membership Secretary earlier this week. At our Enrolment Day on 6th September, we will need to concentrate on enrolling new members.
Our Newsletter of 16th June referred to our drive for new younger members and you may have seen our “Dancing Lady” recruitment poster, advertising Enrolment Day. She will feature ( though not in person ) on our recruitment stall at four forthcoming local outdoor events, starting with Haslemere Unlocked at Lion Green, on 29th August. You might be asked to do an hours duty at one of these or on Enrolment Day, to welcome people and to tell them about Haslemere u3a.

Not sure what target shooting is about or whether it’s for you ? Perhaps you shot in your youth and wonder if you can still do it ? Then join this taster session at The National Small-bore Rifle association at Bisley, using their 10m air rifle and 25m small-bore rifle ranges.
When ? 22nd September, 2.00pm – 3.30pm
Where ? NSRA, Lord Roberts Centre, Bisley Camp, Woking, Surrey GU24 0NP
Cost ? £30, which includes equipment, training, insurance and day membership of NRSA
As sessions are supervised, Bisley need to know how many are coming, so please book your place by 10th September. Contact Lorna, our Groups Coordinator, via our website contact page

Until now, we have been able to join Liphook u3a Theatre Group, but this must now cease because of the demand for their group places from their own members. If any of you are interested in starting our own Theatre Group, for Theatre visits to London, Chichester and elsewhere, perhaps taking advantage of group discounts, please contact Lorna our Groups Coordinator, through our website contact page. Liphook have kindly offered to give guidance.

There is interest in starting at least one Spanish Conversation Group. However, at the moment we lack a native Spanish speaker, which would be an advantage. Do you know of anyone suitable ? Please contact Lorna, our Groups Coordinator, if you can assist.

CURRENT AFFAIRS meets at Haslemere Hall at 10.30am on the second Tuesday of the month, but restarts there on 17th August. They discuss a range of political, social, economic or philosophical issues of international, national or local interest. A list of about ten different issues is published before each meeting, to give members a chance to think about these, which promotes a lively discussion, when a wide range of views are expressed.
CONTEMPORARY ISSUES meets at 10.30 am on the third Wednesday of the month. During lockdown, they have been meeting remotely on Zoom, but meetings will resume at Haslemere Hall from October. A paper on one issue only is published by a member before each meeting, which forms the basis for a vigorous in-depth discussion, when a range of different views are presented and considered. Over the past five years about 50 subjects have been covered, including freedom of speech, the rise of China, climate change and human rights.
Both groups are fortunate in having members with a wide range of experience, some in foreign countries, but new members are always welcome, as they bring fresh insights. Members are very welcome to suggest topics. For the time being, the meetings will probably be conducted with social distancing and a limit on numbers – however, these arrangements will be kept under constant review. Those interested in joining either Group should see the contact details on the relevant group pages of the website.

Tina is in desperate need of helpers. If you are able to assist, please email her via Lorna our Groups Coordinator on our website contact page.

We are very sorry to announce Peter’s death in June, after a stroke, followed by a long period of serious disability. Peter played a very active and energetic role in our table tennis and rambling groups. A former mariner, he will be remembered fondly for his dry humour, ingenuity and reliability, as well as his encyclopaedic knowledge and appreciation of local hostelries and their beers.


We are looking forward to the start of our new season in September and a return to relative normality, with the restarting of our many group activities, including some exciting new ones. On 13th September, we cease using Zoom for our Speaker meetings and return to Haslemere Hall, with a talk by Andrew Bustin on life as a film extra.
Our annual Enrolment Day will be on Monday 6th September, at Haslemere Hall, at 1.30pm. As for last year, this is designed primarily for new members to come along, discover what’s on offer, meet the group leaders and join Haslemere u3a.
As you know, our membership year ends on 31st August. I’m planning to send you an email on 1st August to remind you how to renew your membership. Please wait until you receive this email before you renew. We will be asking all members to renew online through the Beacon members’ portal, wherever possible. An alternative option will be to renew with a BACs payment.
Hopefully, you will be eager to rejoin your groups or perhaps join a new one. I advise you to contact the relevant group leaders asap to book your place – you can do this now.
We hope that you will all be renewing your membership. If you know a member who chose not to renew last year because of Covid, who will not therefore be receiving this newsletter, please let them know that they will be welcome to come along and rejoin on Enrolment Day.
Visit our website membership page for full details on renewing and joining.
Clare Fripp, Membership Secretary

We have now adopted a new logo, shown above. Third Age Trust have done a lot of work in devising this and it is being adopted by an increasing number of u3as. The idea is to give us a common brand image and we hope that you like it.

If you are on Facebook, do have a look at our new Facebook page. Any suggestions for improvements are welcome please contact the publicity officer through the contact page. Please “like” or “share” it, if you feel able to, as we want to encourage potential members to look at it. We would also welcome videos or photographs of our groups for this page, as we want it to look exciting. Don’t forget to obtain consent from all those shown in them, ideally before you capture their images.
If you belong to any local WhatsApp Groups, could you please inform our Publicity Secretary, see contact page.

We are offering a five week course, for groups of up to five beginners bringing their own iPads, meeting on consecutive Fridays from 9.30 to 11.00am. There will be a charge of £10 each, to cover refreshments and printing costs for the five sessions, which wlll be held in a private home.
The Topics covered are as follows :
Week 1 – WiFi, Bluetooth, logging into a network, exploring the buttons, organising your desktop.
Week 2 – Using your voice – dictation, Siri and Alexa
Week 3 – Emails, messaging and attachments
Week 4 – Photos and libraries
Week 5 – Calendars, reminders and contacts
Course dates are :
A 15th October – 12th November B 19th November – 17th December
C 7th January – 4th February D 8th February – 18th March
Those interested should email our iPad Tutor, Angela Wheeler, via our Groups Co-ordinator, using our website contact page

There are still 11 seats left for this Concert on 9th December. Email Don our Excursions Secretary, via our website contact page, if you are interested.

After doing their stint, our Vice Chairman, Membership Secretary and Accomodation Secretary have decided to stand down in November. If you are interested in any of these roles, please contact Mandy our Secretary, using our website contact page.

Published by Haslemere u3a, Haslemere Hall, Bridge Road, Haslemere GU27 2AS
Website : www.u3asites.org.uk/haslemere An independent registered charity No. 1053049

NEWSLETTER – June 2021

The responses to our members questionnaire indicated that only about 21% of Haslemere U3A members are aged under 70 and we know that this proportion reduces year by year – other U3As have a similar issue. We are therefore focusing on attracting new younger members in the coming months, by advertising more energetically our activities and events.
Part of the solution is to start using Facebook and we will shortly be setting up a Facebook page. Whether we like it or not, 40 million UK users a month use Facebook and of all the internet users in the UK 78% use Facebook. This is where you can help us – we need lots of photos of groups of happy, active-looking Haslemere U3A members, which we can display on Facebook and on our website. If you have any suitable pictures please contact the publicity officer using the link on the Contact page. Please remember that in this case you need to warn the people concerned that their pictures are to be used for publicity purposes, including our website and social media, and ask them for their consent.
We are also planning to have a stall at three local outdoor events in August and September – you may be asked to assist with these.
Apart from our Enrolment Day on the afternoon of Monday 6th September, where we hope that all our groups will be represented and when you may also be asked to assist, we are planning a Relaunch Prosecco Party, also at Haslemere Hall, at 2.30pm on Monday 11th October, with a celebrity guest. All members and their guests are warmly invited to this, so please note the date in your diary now and try to think of a younger friend whom you might be able to invite.
We are also planning a coffee morning for new members in mid_September, to welcome them properly to Haslemere U3A.
Allen Chubb Chairman

Elizabeth Pamplin has kindly agreed to Co-ordinate a new WORLD HISTORY GROUP, which will focus on a different area of the world each term and start with the history of China. It’s not just for people who have been to China. If we can begin to understand China’s history, we might begin to understand why its huge economic growth in the last 50 years is linked to an increasingly aggressive stance upon the World Stage and why it will brook no criticism of its views or actions.
Discussion on the China topic could cover its chronological history, plus the history of Taiwan and Tibet, Hong Kong, the Uighur Moslems, culture, art, ancient philosophy and technology, plus the philosophy and policies of the current Communist Party. There is much to admire and much to criticise and even more to try to understand in order to work better with China for a more peaceful world.
Those interested should contact Elizabeth via Lorna, our Groups Coordinator – please see Contact page on our website.
We await volunteers to bring together the following groups : CINEMA, CREATIVE WRITING, OPERA and THEATRE. Given the popular support for these topics , please do give this some further thought and contact Lorna through our website contact page, if you think that you might be able to help.

JOHN RUTTER CAROL CONCERT on 9th December 2021 at 3.00pm
We have 16 spare seats for this popular annual concert at The Royal Albert Hall, which are prime seats in the Arena. The coach ( with a toilet ) will leave Haslemere at 11.00am and return about 7.30pm. The cost is £48, including travel and driver’s tip. If you want to attend, please email Don Stacey, our excursions secretary, asap via the website contact page.

Original Five Mile Ramblers
Throughout the lockdowns, we have tried to maintain momentum and keep ramblers rambling. Last April, for example, was a great time to explore walks from homes and was useful for developing future walks.
Since January, we have been walking in pairs and bubbles. Then from 30th April, we began walking in groups of 15, allowing just a bit of space between us. We hope to increase numbers by the Autumn term and to reintroduce pub lunches at the end of the walks, which is normally all part of the fun. We will continue to walk throughout this summer, then stopping for a break until our walk on Friday 3rd September. We are looking forward to better weather, though are undeterred by a little wind and rain.
Walking is of course a well-known way of helping to stay healthy and we have room for a couple of new members. Please see our group page on the website.

Stars ( Science Technology And Related Subjects )
Our popular group will be starting its tenth year this September. Meeting on the second Thursday of the month at 10.00 am in the Haslemere Hall annexe for up to two hours, major subjects have included navigation, the challenge of building the Panama Canal, the internet and how computers connect to it, GM crops in Europe, insulin, evolution by natural selection, the nine lives of cat scanning, radar, the story of explosives, the elements and astronomy.
There are talks and presentations by invited speakers, many of whom are members with specialist knowledge, sometimes accompanied by experiments. Subjects are generally selected by members. One forthcoming subject is “the thermodynamics of everyday life.”
We welcome new members, particularly those bringing new ideas and areas of interest. Those thinking about joining should contact our Leader John Pearce, via Lorna, our Groups Coordinator – please see our website contact page.

Cycling for Fun
We have enjoyed cycling together on a regular basis this year, with two rides a month on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, varying on average between 17 and 23 miles, with a relaxing coffee stop in the middle. Using a mixture of electric, hybrid and road bikes, we support each other on these rides, helping with punctures for example. There is always a backmarker who makes sure that everyone is safe and not left behind.
Our main priority is for everyone to enjoy the simple pleasure of riding a bike along quiet lanes, in beautiful countryside. The ride schedule is published on the group website page – all the different routes which we have done can be seen, as well as forthcoming rides. We try to vary the rides from the easier grade 1/2 to the more strenuous 3/4, aiming to give members a good choice according to their abilities. We welcome new members – if you know anyone who rides on their own and who might want give group cycling a try, just suggest that they look at our Cycling for Fun group webpage.

Published by Haslemere U3A, Haslemere Hall, Bridge Road, Haslemere GU27 2AS
Website : www.u3asites.org.uk/haslemere An independent registered charity No. 1053049