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Monthly Notices November

This is a list of notices from the Monthly Meeting at the Winston Churchill Hall on Monday 12th November 2018.

Chairman's Announcements:

The chairman welcomed the members and also any new members attending for the first time.
That Chairman also announced the sad news of the death of Ann Lamb on the 5th November and funeral details now available are Wednesday 21st November, 2pm at St.Martins Church, Ruislip and afterwards at Brakespear Crematorium.
Chairman then thanked Rosemary Noyes and the members of the Social committee for arranging the Group Leaders Tea on 31st October which was a very enjoyable afternoon.

Group Notices:

Concerts (Sunday):
Harvey Butnick announced that the details of the Sunday concerts can be found in the current Newsletter and this web site and there are still places available for all concerts. There may be a problem due to a new transport company but negotiations are under way. Further details to be announced in December 2018.

Historic Bicycle Ride
There will be another two free cycle rides before the end of this year. The first is this Sunday, the 18th November and will be a Wildlife theme. Meet at 10:00am in front of the Civic Centre and first cycle to the London Wildlife trust reserve near Hillingdon Hospital and meet up with a trust representative to hear about some of their work. After this we will be taking a scenic route around some of the boroughs parks and byways ending at Patricia's favourite wildlife spot, the Rusty Bike cafe in Uxbridge. For more details contact Tricia Creak on 01895 252334 or email creakpatricia@gmail.com to book a place.

The second ride will celibrate Christmas and is on Tuesday 11th December. Details of meeting time and place for this ride will follow. We will cycle to Farlows Lake cafe for lunch at 12 noon, it serves simple, hearty meals and won’t be bothered by sweaty, muddy customers! For those who would like to join us but prefer to drive there is a large car park, the address is Farlows Lake, Ford Lane,Iver, Bucks SL0 9LL.

Future rides are hoped will take place in 2019 so watch the website for future news.

London Walk:
The final walk of the year is ‘The Crown’ which will be taking place on Friday 23rd November, meeting at Green Park underground station at 10.45am. The cost is £8 per person, cheques made payable to Hillingdon U3A. For further details contact Brian Carse.
Thsi is the last London Walk of 2018. The walks will start again in March 2019 and details will be announced December 2018.

Motor Cycle Group?!!
Rodney mentioned again the possibility of a new Motor Cycle Group. There are a number of other UK U3A’s who have a M/C group – anyone interested contact Rodney.

Opera/Chamber Concerts
Elizabeth Douglas announced that tickets for the Chamber Orchestra at Cadogan Hall for March and May were all sold with waiting lists but there was still a ticket for the June Concert. Details of the prices and times for these to follow in Jan 2019.

Elizabeth also revealed her plans to consider some new Operas at Holland Park in June 2019. These are Manon Lescaut by Giacomo Puccini and Un ballo in maschera by Giuseppe Verdi. Details will be provided in future meetings and this web site. If your are interested then why not check the details on the Opera Appreciation 1 page.


Day/Date:Tue 27th November - Harefield to Rickmansworth Aquadrome & return
Time/Meet:11.00am at Dovedale Close, Harefield (Bus U9 from Uxbridge Station takes about 15 min).
Walk:A circular walk from Harefield along the Grand Union Canal path and around Stockers Lake to Rickmansworth Aquadrome where there will be a stop for lunch. In the afternoon the walk will return to Harefield via Juniper Hill finishing at Harefield Hospital, where the U9 bus can be taken to Uxbridge. If there has been rain during the week preceding the walk some areas may be muddy, so please wear suitable footwear.
Lunch:This will be at the Café in the Park tea rooms at Rickmansworth Aquadrome. If you wish to take a packed lunch there are benches at the front of the Café, but please note that the Café request that you do not eat your own food inside or at the tables to the back of the premises.
Transport:Bus U9 leaves Uxbridge Station at 10.16am and 10.36am and journey time to Dovedale Close is approximately 15 minutes.
Queries:Phone Alan Hooper

Theatre Trips:
Jill Rhodes announced the pickup times for the members with tickets for Chicago on the 21st November which are 12.30pm at the Ickenham pickup point and 12.45pm at the Uxbridge pickup point.

Rodney again mentioned a new Ukulele Group as a possible and asked for names of anyone interested in running this group. Contact Rodney Fox for further details.

General Group News:
Both French for beginners and Spanish for beginners have vacancies. Contact Group leader for more details.
Prospective new groups French and Spanish need speakers to help and Ukulele and a Motor Cycle group all need Leaders before they can proceed.
Rodney also announced that the Craft Group is closing down due to insufficient membership.

Rodney announced that he would be standing down from his role of Group Co-ordinator at the next AGM and therefore we are looking for a volunteer to shadow him in this role with a view of taking over from him in May 2019. Anyone interested should contact Rodney.


The projection showed that there were still places available for the Brewery trip but this is out of date because we have been asked to send in our numbers to Fullers. Both outstanding visits for November i.e. the Trinity House trip and the Fullers trip are now closed.
Applications for Twickenham, Banqueting House and Kings Cross were collected in the box provided.
The trip to Kings Cross is not the same as last time. The first element, the tour of the developments in the area is the same, but we felt that many people in the tour of the hotel were finding it a bit of a strain, two tours in one day. Rosemary has therefore replaced the hotel visit with the Canal Museum, which is nearby.

Speakers and Newsletter:

As we are changing the academic year, renewal will be during the first quarter of 2019. This means that members will not have a record of the speakers for the first quarter of the year. They are on page 3 of the current newsletter (which should be retained). They are also shown on the Events page of this web site. Further to that, we will not be continuing with the Speaker Card next year but will be including the upcoming Speakers in each newsletter.

Other Announcements

Membership Renewal 2019 - 2020

Ann Lines of the membership team explained the new procedure for renewing the membership. Initially those members for whom we hold an email address will receive the renewal form already completed which will need checking and amending where necessary. Those members receiving paper Newsletter will complete the form and forward with the membership fee. The fees will be £25 for e-mail version and £33 for paper Newsletter version. No action will be need to be taken until January 2019.
All members are again urged to read the Newsletter so they understand the change in procedures.