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Monthly Notices March

This is a list of notices from the Monthly Meeting at the Winston Churchill Hall on Monday 9th March 2020.

Chairman's Announcements:

The chairman welcomed the members and also any new members attending for the first time. Adele will be at the main entrance after the meeting and invites members to join her for coffee and a chat and a get to know one another.

The Chairman mentioned the Important Notice of the change to the April monthly meeting. This will now take place on Monday 20th April, a week later than normal due to Easter bank Holiday being on Monday 13th.

The Chairman then talked about the ** Coronavirus ** update from National Office and informed members that they can read this via the link here or via the link on the Welcome page under Notice Board or under the Well being section of the Links page. Any updates will be posted in the same place so please check this regularly.

The Chairman then mentioned that Hillingdon Theatres would be led by Government advice. So please check your emails and the website regularly for any updates to future meetings.

Lee Abraham has kindly taken over looking after the recycling of used stamps from Jill. There was and will be a box at the front for members to continue to leave them. The Chairman advised members to continue to bring them as before and leave them with the Chairman if needed.

The Chairman let members know that there are still copies of the 'Get up and Go' booklet prepared by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists available for collection.

Group Notices:

Chamber Concerts:
Elizabeth was at the meeting with tickets for the March 25th concert at Cadogan Hall to listen to Beethoven Symphony No.7. She will be at the front for members to collect their tickets.

Concerts (Sunday):
Harvey reported that he now waits for information on next year's events and hopes to announce the new season in May's Newsletter. Members were recommended to check the website for future updates.

London Walk:
The next London Walk will be held on Thursday 12th March and is entitled ‘Spies and Spycatchers’, meeting at the Piccadilly Circus Underground Station (exit 4 Bakerloo line) at 10.45am. A small amount of cheques are still outstanding, so please see Brian in the interval in the usual place to secure your place. Also, the walk is currently full with a waiting list so if anyone now does not intend to go please let Brian know as soon as possible so the place can be offered to members on the waiting list.

The next London Walk is called Bizarre London. It will be on Tuesday 9th June at 10:45am meeting at Tower Hill Underground station. Sign up with Brian in the interval or you can book online - Link to Online Booking here. Full details are on this Website.

Quiz Night
The much loved HU3A Quiz Night with a Fish and Chip Supper is now sold out and there is a waiting list of 11 members.

The next Ramble will take place on Tuesday 24th March and will be a circular walk of approximately 6 miles around the Hampstead Heath area. Full details will be available from Robert Waltz during the break when he will be standing in front of the stage. Full details are also on the website.

Please note that if COVID 19 Virus situation deteriorates such that the walk has to be cancelled, a notice will be put onto the Hillingdon U3A Website by March 23rd or you can phone the contact number on the walk information sheet on March 23rd.

Carol mentioned that the next theatre trip which is to County Hall on the 19th March to see 'Witness for the Prosecution', is full.

Carol then announced the next theatre outing which is on Thursday 2nd July to Sonning Theatre at 2:15pm. Called 'Two into One', this trip includes coach, lunch, a shared programme and the show for £63. The team have applied for 50 places and a show of hands identified that this could be filled so apply promptly to secure a place. There is a form to download here Theatre Trip Form 7/20 or on the Events page of this website for those not at the meeting.

General Group News:

Interest Group of the Month
Interest Group of the Month table was occupied by Uxbridge Library due to the close relationship being forged between HU3A and the Library. They presented a selection of groups and activities they provide and were well received by the members. Check out the photo on the Events page of this website.

Freda then asked if any groups want to publicise their own activities, why not make use of the Table of the Month. There are spaces available so contact Freda if you want a slot.

Interest Group News:
Freda mentioned that the Armchair Exercise group and Astronomy Group both have enough interest to launch and the Armchair Exercise group is likely to start after Easter.

Freda also mentioned that she is still looking for names for members interested in some of the new suggested groups. Would you be interested in a Quiz group, Song Writing or Wellbeing with Nature (see the latest TAM magazine).

There is also a new Cycle group proposed by Nigel & Tricia and they plan to run a Confidence cycle ride on the 9th April starting in a park then onto very quiet roads. Meet outside Uxbridge Underground station.

Freda now has her Group Leader email system working so expect updates via emails in the future.

As usual, contact Freda if you want to be added to any of her lists.

PR and Communication:
Rodney announced that the Hillingdon U3A Facebook page was now live and members could find it at www.facebook.com/HillingdonU3A/ or via the link on the Welcome page. This is in addition to the Twitter page that has been live for a few months. Check out the new Social Media section on the Welcome page of this website.

Rodney then mentioned that we are supporting National U3A Day on 3rd June. We will be doing displays and demonstrations in Ickenham Village Hall, Uxbridge Library (displays in the lobby from 18th May to 7th June), Waitrose in Ruislip and Eastcote Library. He asked members for any help they might be able to give manning stalls on the day. There is also a new tab on the website which will contain all information dedicated to this project.

Rodney then spoke about the new “Extend your Word“ leaflet which was being printed but that he still had some of the previous leaflets for members to distribute.


Tower of London Visit
A reminder that booking for this visit was split 50/50 for online and paper application forms. The latest status is that there is still 1 place available to be booked online and 2 places available for paper applications. Contact Maureen McCann if you want to apply.

Blenheim Place Visit
This visit is now full but we have no waiting list yet. Contact Pam Mellors if you are interested as typically there will always be some members who cannot take up their place.

Other Announcements

Ann again mentioned her big red post box on the table for completed Membership Renewal forms. Ann then thanked members for renewing promptly and that she expects that all new membership cards will be sent out either next week or the following week. This year the membership cards will be Yellow.

Your Committee
Finally, the Chairman announced that there are places on our Committee which if member want to get involved, we would encourage them to apply and join the team. Contact Pat for more details.