Latest Monthly Meeting Notices

Monthly Notices January

This is a list of notices from the Monthly Meeting at the Winston Churchill Hall on Monday 8th January 2018.

Chairman's Announcements:

The chairman, welcomed all members and new members to the January meeting.
Also wished all members a Happy and especially a Healthy New Year.

Group Notices:

Art Appreciation Group, Meditation and Antiques: These groups have now moved to St Giles Church Ickenham from Jan 2018– same days and times as before.

Computer Club: commences in 2018. First meeting is 15th January 2018 at Hillingdon Park Baptist Church, Hercies Road Uxbridge. 14:00 to 16:00. Information from Tony Kemp. All skills welcome.

Concerts (Chamber): There is 1 space available for Chamber Orchestra in April and a few available for the following months. Contact Elizabeth for booking information. The next Chamber Orchestra concert is on Feb 25th 2018.

Concerts (Sunday): at the Royal Festival Hall.
Philharmonia Orchestra
3pm commencement
Coach from Ickenham at 12:30//Uxbridge 12:45
Cost including Ticket and Coach £38.50

There is still availablity for the next 2 concerts:
21 January 2018 - Debussy and Ravel
25 March 2018 - Brahms Clarinet Quintet and Requiem

Further information -booking procedure and contact - see November Newsletter page 9.
Harvey Butnick - Sunday Concerts Organiser

London Walk: The first walk of 2018 will take place on Tuesday 30th January and will be ‘Westminster at War’ meeting at Embankment underground station at 10.45am for 11am start.
The cost is £7.50 per member. Further information can be obtained from Brian Carse.
The next London Walk will be in April and details will be announced at the February meeting.

Mind Your Language: This is the new name for the Linguistics group. They have a display in the coffee lounge.

Opera: Elizabeth Douglas announced that next year’s Holland Park opera visits would be on 15th May 2018 for La Traviata and 20th June for Cosi van Tutte. All tickets are sold.

Theatre Visits: Margaret Smith updated the information on the theatre visit on 22nd March 2018 to the Waterside Theatre Aylesbury, which is ‘Strangers on a train’ a 2pm matinee performance – cost of £35 ea. There are 13 tickets still available.

Visits: All currently published visits are full except the Handel/Hendrix Museum where there are two visits on Tuesday 27th February and Friday 9th March. There are 6 vacancies on each. The price is £17:50 pp including our own guided tour. If you are interested contact Maureen McCann directly or Jim Hall. Contact details are included in the recent newsletter.

Interest Group News:

Tarot Group: Janet Kent is considering establishing a Tarot Group if you are interested contact Rodney Fox for further details

Travel Experience Group: Any member who wishes to share their travel experiences with others if interested or willing to lead this group contact Rodney Fox.

Other Announcements:

BORG: The Chairman announce the request from Brunel for members to get involved with their research into aspects of problems of older age. Brunel Older People’s Reference Group (BORG) Details were given out to interested parties. Further information can be obtained from Judy Peddie or Brunel web site.

You now have your membership cards (all those present at Winston Churchill Hall), which are just a small part of our new membership system. We have called this system MASH, Membership Administration System Hillingdon.
It is a bespoke system, designed especially for running a U3A which we acquired free during last year. It is used by a number of other U3As so is tested, but we can apply our own enhancements, especially reports.
It has better data integrity than our previous system and John Martin has added extracts of delivery addresses for Third Age Matters, Prontaprint and Mailchimp, to a number of reports already available. These allow us to produce lists at the press of a button, as opposed to creating them in a more manual fashion and with the possibility of introducing occasional errors.
Pauline Warren has made a great job of picking up the new system, being supported by John and has picked up the new system.
We are still receiving renewal forms (7 at the weekend) despite requests to reapply before the end of November last year. Things don’t change!
If anybody sees what they believe to be a problem they should contact the membership team, or use Change or Contact Us on the website or contact me (Jim Hall), email address in the newsletter.
Thanks to John and Pauline for doing a great job!