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The U3A is a national organisation bringing educational and social opportunities to people no longer in full-time work. It creates an environment where we can share the knowledge that we have acquired during our lives or by getting together to try something completely new.

Summer 2022 Programme

On Thursday 14th July, we celebrated the Tenth Anniversary of the formation of our u3a with an exciting programme at URC Havant, which attracted strong support from the membership. It was a resounding success and was greatly appreciated by those who attended. We were entertained with singing by Jennifer Parker-Lummis, whom many of you will remember entertained us at our virtual Christmas party in 2020. We were then so impressed with the fine quality of her voice, notwithstanding apparent technical challenges, that we decided to invite her to entertain us on this auspicious occasion, and we were not disappointed.

Three members, Judith Worley, Nigel Gossop and Val Worthington gave short presentations and Denise Bennett recited her award winning poem, “Jay.” There was ample food and a celebratory cake.

Our thanks to all those who organised and ensured the success of the event including Peter Newman, Geoff Worthington, Margaret Stanger, Fran McQueen, Bob Child and Martin Owen and on the day helped by Tom Hudson, Carol Cooper, Sheila Spurgeon, Jenny Beeney and Jenny Bishop. The event would not have been so enjoyable and so memorable without them all.

Outing to Petworth

Having arranged two very successful trips recently, Val Worthington has proposed another. On Wednesday 7th September, she is running a trip to Petworth House. This is a National Trust property, which is regarded as a great treasure house of art.

Those of you who attended the talk by Dr Bob France in July will have learned something of its amazing history, the role of the rich and powerful Percy family and the artwork and sculptures on show there, a perfect introduction to the excursion planned by Val.

The coach will leave Market Parade, Havant, as on previous trips, at 9.15 am and the Bedhampton Community Centre at 9.30 am. Those of you travelling by car to the Community Centre, should NOT park in the car park there, as the space is required by hall users. You should find a car park space in the nearby roads, or at the large car park at Bidbury Mead, adjacent to St Thomas Church, a few minutes walk away.

The cost of the coach trip will be £13:00 if the coach is full, a little more if there are a significant number of empty seats. Admission to Petworth House is free to National Trust members, but to non members will be £14.50. You can buy lunch at the house.

With the increase in the number of reported Covid cases, you are asked to take a lateral flow test the evening before travelling, bearing in mind that as a group we are in the vulnerable age category.

Please contact Val Worthington at valatthecottage@aol.com or telephone her on 07359 146372 to book a trip. If you wish to pay by bank transfer, please make your payment to Havant u3a, account number 90481882, sort code 20-69-34 and write Petworth in the reference box. If you wish to pay by cheque, please send your cheque to our Treasurer, Margaret Stanger at 1,Talbot Close, Bedhampton, PO9 3HS, and mark Petworth on the back of your cheque.

Prospective Groups on offer.

With the Groups Fair in September in mind, at our monthly meeting in July on Thursday, I introduced a number of possible new groups.

Philippa Gray has suggested the formation of a Cycling for Beginners group, John Worley proposed a group devoted to Trees, and Peter and Margaret Hellawell proposed a Faith Matters group.

Philippa says that the proposed new Cycling for Beginners group is perfect for those who just want to get back in the saddle again to enjoy gentle, sociable exercise and leave the car at home. The beginners group will be quite separate from the existing “Cycling for Fun” group. She intends that the group should meet frequently over the summer period to make the most of the good weather and work out the times and journey lengths suitable for the group before settling on a regular schedule. Philippa can be contacted on 07764 624565 and at philippa.gray@ntlworld.com

John Worley says that the objects of the Trees group, among other exciting opportunities, is to improve our personal skills in tree identification, to assist with an Open University Citizen Science project which aims to map every urban tree in the UK and to discuss where many thousands of new trees might be planted around Havant. He proposes that the first meeting should be at the Ship Inn, Langstone, PO9 1RD on Thursday 8th September. If you are interested, please contact John Worley on johnaworley@aol.com and 07923 876409.

The Faith Matters group wishes to consider the benefit and influence of faith in various aspects of our society, including charities, education, government, social change, medicine, business and the working environment as well as art, music and sport. If you are interested, please contact Peter and Margaret Hellawell at parkrd@uwclub.net or 023 9217 4481.

Alison Maxwell-Cox has agreed to lead two groups, namely, a Beginner/Improver Ukulele group and an Intermediate Recorder group, whilst Bob Child, our Groups Co-ordinator is investigating the possibility of forming a Tai Chi group, although at this stage he is still seeking a tutor. If you know of any one who can assist in tutoring, please contact Bob at Robert.Child@sky.com or on 023 9264 9273. Likewise, if you know of a ukulele tutor, please contact Bob.

If you are interested in joining any of these groups, they and others will be on offer at our Groups Fair immediately following the AGM on Thursday 15th September.

This leads me to invite applications to join the Executive Committee.

Nominations for the committee. We are always looking for new members if we are to ensure the continuing vitality of our u3a and now is your chance to step forward and offer your knowledge and experience. This is an enjoyable and rewarding opportunity. There are only twelve places available and if you are interested, please contact our secretary, Peter Newman on 07771 593158 or at peter.newman180@gmail.com with your name and that of your proposer and seconder. Please remember that nominations, supported by a proposer and seconder, must be in Peter’s hands at least 28 days before the AGM meeting, which means that your nomination must reach him by Tuesday 16th August.

Ken Arkell’s podcast.

Ken Arkell, who leads our Bus Pass group, has contributed to the latest u3a podcast, which is available on the u3a You Tube channel at https://youtu.be/JA3auYBp64Q and also on our Facebook page. You will find his interview, which I would highly recommend, at 7 minutes 16 seconds and continues for just over six minutes, if you do not wish to listen to the whole podcast. The interviewer asks whether at 95, Ken is the oldest group leader with the u3a. Perhaps we will find out in a later podcast.

Membership renewal.

Our financial year ends on the 31st July and you can renew your membership in advance of the AGM from 1st August if you wish. I am pleased to say that we are holding the basic subscription at £15.00, notwithstanding that prices generally are rising and we are expecting an inevitable increase in expenses. Membership of Havant u3a remains excellent value.

Please renew your subscription and tell your friends, if they are not already members. The subscription form is available on the website which you can download. Please forward it duly completed to our Treasurer, Margaret Stanger at 1, Talbot Close, Bedhampton, PO9 3HS with your cheque in favour of Havant u3a. If you wish to pay by bank transfer, please make your payment to Havant u3a, account number 90481882, sort code 20-69-34 and write subscription in the reference box.

I look forward to seeing you again in September.

Best wishes,

John West (Chairman).

Havant U3A is registered as a charity and the Registered Charity Number is 1188205