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Monthly Notices October

This is a list of notices from the Monthly Meeting at the Winston Churchill Hall on Monday 14th October 2019.

Chairman's Announcements:

The chairman welcomed the members and also any new members attending for the first time. She also invited any new members to join Adele for a ‘get to know you coffee’ after the meeting.
The Chairman mentioned that there were still copies of ‘Get up and Go’ leaflet prepared by Chartered Society of Physiotherapists available for all and to collect a copy during the break, if not obtained previously.
The Chairman then spoke about the U3A Diaries that were now available for all Group Leaders who had ordered one and they were asked to collect at the meeting. There were also some spare diaries for sale at £2.75 each. Pam Smith was at the front of the stage with all the diaries during the break.

Group Notices:

Chamber Concerts:
Elizabeth spoke about the first of the Chamber Orchestra Concerts which is on 21st November at St John's Smith Square at 7:30pm and that 2 places had become available. If you are interested then contact Elizabeth quickly. You should also contact Elizabeth if you want to be added to her lists for any of the other concerts.

Concerts (Sunday):
Harvey mentioned that yesterday (13th October) was the first of the 4 concerts and they were enjoyed by all that attended. The next concert is on Sunday 03 November and full details are on page 11 of the Autumn Newsletter and on the website. Briefly...

Stravinsky –Fireworks :
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.1 :
Excerpts from Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake.

So you see – nothing too heavy – well known pieces and there are places available.

Harvey also explained why he makes a make a point of talking about the Sunday Concerts each month.
"We have to have a minimum number of participants to justify the cost of the coach.
5/6 weeks before each concert I have to make a decision as to whether we can cover our costs.
So have a good think and we look forward to seeing you on the next 3 concerts.
Thank You"

The follow-on concerts are:-
-Sunday 3rd November 2019, STRAVINSKY Fireworks, RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No.1 & TCHAIKOVSKY Swan Lake, excerpts. Cost is £34.00.
-Sunday 15th December 2019, Grand Christmas Classics including ADAM O Holy Night, DARKE In the bleak mid-winter, RUTTER The Twelve Days of Christmas, SCHUBERT Ave Maria & BACH Christmas Oratorio(Opening Chorus) Plus Carols for all. Cost is £38.00 for this one.
-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.

Film Studies Group 1 & 2:
Alan wanted to let members know that Film Studies group 1 now meet once a month on the first Wednesday of the month at 10am and would welcome any new members.
Film Studies Group 2 still meet twice a month at 2pm but do not have any vacancies at the moment. Contact Alan if you are interested in joining either of these groups.

London Walk:
As Brian couldn't be at the meeting there wasn't any announcements today but Brian is working with the tour company on the next walk which is expected to be before Christmas. Information will be released as soon as possible. Either watch this website or it will be at the November meeting.
Price should be £8 per person as normal and the 'book and pay online' feature will be available.

Opera Appreciation
Elizabeth wanted to mention that there is now one main Opera group and one partial group which meets once a month but would like and welcome new members. If you are interested in one of these groups contact Elizabeth for more information.

Rambling:
The next Ramble will take place on Tuesday 29th October and will be a 5.5 mile linear walk from Boston Manor Station and will be along the Grand Union Canal to Greenford Station (Central Line). Full details are on the website under "Rambling".

Theatre:
Jill announced that the next theatre trip on the 4th December was fully booked and now with a long wait list. Jill also wanted to ask members to leave enough white space around any stamps she collects so they can be trimmed to the correct size.

U3A Singers
The Chairman announced on behalf of the U3A Singers that they have released details of their new December Concert - A Winter Concert - “As Long As I Have Music”. It will have music to celebrate the female voice from a variety of composers and, of course, music for the festive season. It will be held at Christ Church, Redford Way, Belmont Road
Uxbridge at 7:30pm. Tickets are £10 including light refreshments. Contact Marlene Houghton for tickets or they will be available on the door.

General Group News:

Interest Group of the Month
There was no interest group of the month this month. November will be in the form of a few songs by the Ukulele group in the Coffee area so make sure you pop in to support them.

Interest Group News:
Freda was in the lounge at coffee time with sheets for new interest groups where members can add their names to register an interest. She also had paper forms of the survey for members to complete if they hadn’t already returned one.

Freda also updated members on the survey. She said that she was pleased to have received over 200 replies so far (25 %) and will now be analysing the requests and any comments. She did express concern that some members had suggested some new groups but for groups that already exist. She reminded members that the full list of groups currently running are in the Newsletter and on the website.

Freda was pleased to announce that the Cryptic Crosswords, Beginners French and Beginners Italian had either launched or was launching in the next week or so. There was also interest in a new group for Song Writing so contact Freda if this group is of interest to you.

PR and Communication:
Rodney displayed the new Posters and informed us that they should now be in libraries around the borough. He had brought copies for members to take away and put them up in their local halls and clubs. Rodney also had the new “Extend your world with Hillingdon U3A” leaflet that has been reprinted for members to collect and pass onto their friends so we can raise the profile of HU3A.
Rodney mentioned that the ‘The Day of the Older Person’ at the Pavilions Shopping Centre on Tuesday the 24th September was very successful for us and that he has been successful in obtaining an entry in the Hillingdon People for our U3A.

Visits:

No Announcements this month

Other Announcements

Group Leaders Tea
The Chairman gave a reminder to Group Leaders of the Group Leaders Tea on Wednesday 30th October at 2.30pm.

IT Team - Request for Assistance
Jim explained how the IT Team like to have the ability to support one another and provide contingency for roles within the team. Today's notice is a request for help from someone who has programming experience.
The main role will involve helping to test modifications to our Membership system (MASH). The system itself is stable and managed by John Martin who has full knowledge of functionality and technical issues such as language and environment.
The team has recently welcomed Marie Babyanss whose background is teaching Microsoft applications, but since she joined us she has worked with Nigel White in distributing the last Bulletin and is also helping him with the introduction of Online Booking and Payment for U3A functions.
So, the 'programming experience' role could be an opportunity for the candidate learn and work with our other IT functions.
If anybody would like to help with this role please contact John Martin or myself (Jim Hall), contact details are in the newsletter.
Post Announcement UPDATE
I am pleased to update this announcement with the news that Geoff Street has come forward to offer his assistance. Welcome Geoff.
Jim Hall
IT Team, Group Leader

U3A LONDON MUSIC DAY 2019
A reminder for the U3A LONDON MUSIC DAY 2019: ‘Music of the Czechs’ on Saturday 9th November 10.00 – 16.30 at Kings Place, 90 York Way London N1 (closest station Kings Cross).Tickets £25 including refreshments.
More information can be found on the Events page of U3A LONDON REGION website: London Region U3A Events

Membership
No announcements this month.