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Monthly Notices January

This is a list of notices from the Monthly Meeting at the Winston Churchill Hall on Monday 13th January 2020.

Chairman's Announcements:

The chairman welcomed the members and also any new members attending for the first time and wished everyone a Happy New Year.
Adele will be at the main entrance after the meeting and invites members to join her for coffee and a chat so that you can get to know one another.

The chairman then announced that the Committee have reduced the cost of tea and coffee from today to 50p, to be reviewed after 6 months. The chairman stated that the reason for increasing the cost to £1 is that members were unhappy we were using polystyrene cups and plastic stirrers and would prefer biodegradable cups and stirrers which are more expensive.

The Chairman was pleased to say that two members have shown an interest in joining the committee which are Edward Stothard and Patricia Handley. They joined us at the committee meeting last Thursday and agreed to be co-opted on to the committee.

The Chairman updated members on Jill Rhodes illness.

For those who bring stamps then please leave them with the Chairman for the moment while an alternative is being investigated.

Group Notices:

Chamber Concerts:
Elizabeth firstly informed members that she now has the tickets for collection for the next Chamber Concert on the 21st January at Cadogan Hall (featuring Mozart & Sibelius). The next concert is on Wednesday 19th February at Cadogan Hall and is currently half full so for members to get in touch if you are interested. The concert on March 25th is open for applications. More details on this website or contact Elizabeth.

Concerts (Sunday):
Harvey mentioned that the Spring concert information is in the latest News Letter and mentioned the Russian Classics performance on 9th February at a cost £34. Application forms are in the latest Newsletter, page 11 or on the Events page of the website.

The next concert is :-
-Sunday 09 February 2020, Russian Classics including BORODIN Overture, Prince Igor, RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No.2 & PROKOFIEV Symphony No.5. Cost is £34.00.
Booking is open.

London Walk:
The next London Walk will be held on Tuesday 28th January 2020 and is entitled ‘Disastrous London’, meeting at the Barbican Underground Station (Metropolitan line) at 10.45am but this walk is now fully booked.

A new walk called Spies & Spycatchers London was announced and will take place on Thursday 12th March, meeting at Piccadilly Circus Station. Full details are on our website.
Brian will be in the usual place in the foyer in the interval to take names and cheques - £8 per person and cheques made out to Hillingdon U3A. It is also possible to book and pay on-line following this Link to Online Booking which is also on the Events page this website.

Opera Concerts
Elizabeth reminded us of the new outings being planned for summer 2020 at Holland Park. Rigoletto on June 17th and The Merry Widow on July 22nd. She is still waiting on a final price but it's expected to be between £55-£60. Contact Elizabeth if you want to be added to her list of interested members.

Opera Appreciation
Elizabeth reported that Opera Appreciation Group 2 has closed after it's last meeting in December. However, she does have a list of interested members for a new group if a leader can be found. Contact Elizabeth if you can help her with this new group.

Ramble
The next Ramble will take place on Tuesday 28th January and will be a walk from the Barbican Station to Victoria Station of approximately 5 miles. It will include the Thames Path and will pass three cathedrals and an abbey. Full details will be available from Alan Hooper during the Refreshment Break this morning from Alan who will be standing in front of the stage from 10.45am.

Theatre:
Carol Sulehria announced the next Theatre outing which is called "Witness for the Prosecution" and is on Thursday 19th March at London County Hall. Cost is £44 which includes the coach. An application form was at the front for collection but it is also on this website to download and print via link Theatre Trip Form 3/20. Also on the Events page or the Theatre Group page. On completion the form needs to be sent to Najla Matti with a cheque. Click on 'Click to Send a Message!' to request the address.

General Group News:

Interest Group of the Month
Interest Group of the Month table was occupied by the Theology group. Visit them during the coffee break.

Interest Group News:
Freda informed members that the new Quilting group successfully started last week and are happy with their venue.

She also mentioned that some new groups have been suggested. Are you interested in a Climate Change group or an Astronomy group. As usual, contact Freda if you want to be added to her list of interested members.
Now that Spring is coming, Freda talked about the Motor Bike group again to see if there is still any interest. The previous list of members interested may have been lost so please contact Freda if you want to be added, even if you put your name down before.

PR and Communication:
Rodney mentioned the new POP UP banner that was on display on the stage. It has the new logo and a picture of the cycling group. There will be another banner but with a different picture of one of our groups.
Rodney also stated that he was updating the “Extend your Word“ leaflet for distribution around the borough, and the laminated posters were for members to take. His request to the members is to see if we can get these onto the Supermarket public notice boards.
Finally, we are supporting the National U3A Day in June. Hillingdon will be doing displays in Ickenham and Uxbridge and possibly in Ruislip. More information to follow as the planning progresses.

Visits:

New Visit - Tower of London - Online Booking Trial
After the success of using online booking for London Walks we will be trialling one visit in the next newsletter.
The visit will be to the Tower of London on Monday 4th May (note: this is not a Bank Holiday as it might appear in your diary because the government moved it to the other end of the week after most diaries were printed).
You will be able to book the visit online or in our conventional way using forms, cheque and envelope.
In order to give people an equal chance the following considerations have been made:
- We will open online booking on Wednesday 12th February, the day we meet and distribute applications for selection.
- We will initially provide opportunities equally (50% for each method).
- We will monitor uptake and switch any waiting list to equalise the members being accepted. You will not have to reapply.
If you apply online you will not have to provide a return, stamped envelope, but it will cost you 15p per person as a booking charge.
Also, if you apply online, selection will be first come, first served and you will be told immediately if you are successful. If not, you will be placed on a waiting list.

Visits - Other
We had an enjoyable visit to the Museum of London Docklands last week where we had two guides. Thanks Maureen for arranging this.
If you are booked on the visit to Trinity House on Monday 27th January and find that you have questions or problems attending, please contact Harvey Butnik.

Other Announcements

Membership
Ann updated members informing them that the renewal process has started and that emails with pre-populated forms will be delivered to all members starting 20th January and paper pre-populated forms will be delivered with the next newsletter, around 28th January. Ann also mentioned that the membership fees for 2020/2021 which start on 1st April would be £25 for email newsletters and £34 for paper newsletters delivered by post. There will be more information in the next newsletter and another update in February. There will also be a collection box provided on the front table for completed renewal forms at the February and March meetings.

Newsletter Delivery
Following Ann Lines' announcement on the program for Membership Renewal for 2020/21, Jim added that the date for delivery of newsletters could be disrupted by the need to stuff personalised Renewal forms in with the newsletters. It is difficult in most instances to manage delivery of the paper and electronic newsletters at similar times and this first attempt will be more difficult. If you know somebody who has received their newsletter and you have not yet received yours, please be patient.