The following article was unfortunately omitted from the Autumn Newsletter:

Coach Trip to Sussex Prairie Gardens – Organisers Sue A and Eileen M
On 11 July, on one of the many hot and sunny days we have enjoyed this summer, a group of us travelled to West Sussex to visit Sussex Prairie Gardens. We were greeted by Pauline McBride, who along with her husband Paul, are the owners and creators of this wonderful garden. Pauline gave us an interesting and animated talk on how their vision for the garden became a reality. We then enjoyed homemade cake and tea or coffee before spending a pleasant time exploring the garden and buying some of the unique items on sale in the craft and garden shop. Our next stop was Steyning, a Tudor village not far from the garden. Here we enjoyed lunch or just a wander around this historical village. At 4.30 it was time to return home driven by our lovely driver Neil. Thanks to everyone who supported this trip and made it a lovely day out.
Sue A



Contact details are in the newsletter.

2020 Subscriptions
Renewal forms are available now. Remy can send them by email if requested. Preference is for payment by cheque payable to U3A Hounslow and may be paid any time before 1 January 2020. If paying by cash please wait until the meetings in January. Please contact Phil D with any queries.

Christmas lunch
Members who had not paid in full for the Christmas lunch at the Royal Oak, 128 Worton Road, Isleworth on Monday 9 December were urged to see Phil with their payment.

Cake bake and craft exhibition
Very many thanks to all our contributors and participants for their terrific entries. Thank you specially to Celia and Remy for organising the event in October and then to Celia for organising a raffle and the prizes held at our 11 November meeting for the Royal British Legion. Her endeavours raised £67.

Theatre Trips
The following two plays are being produced by the Richmond Shakespeare Society and held at The Mary Wallace Theatre, Twickenham.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL - by Charles Dickens
Adapted by Asha Gill
Monday 9 December 2019 at 7.45 pm - Tickets £10 each
Limited seats available

Directed by Simon Bartlett
Thursday 23 January 2020 at 7.30 pm - Tickets £12 each
Payment due by MONDAY 13 JANUARY 2020

To book or for more information contact Ann H. If you do not have her details, you can use the General Enquiries email facility on the CONTACT page.

Film Group
Anne O’S has a vacancy in her film group which meets on the 4th Thursday of each month. Details are in the newsletter.

Freedom Pass Wanderers
On Friday 6 December there is a visit to the Canal Museum, Kings Cross. Cost £4.50 payable to either Eileen M or Sue A.

Lunch Group
Unfortunately the sign up sheet for the next Lunch Group meeting on Friday 29 November has gone missing so diners were asked to sign up again. Christine H has details.

The 2020 U3A diaries are now available. If you have ordered one please collect it from Phil D. The cost is £3.25.

Each year brings vacancies on the Hounslow U3A committee and 2020 will be no exception. For instance, the role of membership secretary will fall vacant. Now if anyone is interested in taking over, do talk to the present incumbent Remy A who will be very happy to explain and mentor. Perhaps you would like to shadow Remy’s activity. Are you interested in any one of the other roles. For instance, would you like to have a go at organising our speakers’ programme. Celia and Gail would be happy to explain and welcome anyone who would like to shadow their roles. Or you might be happy just to serve on the committee without a designated job to begin with. Just talk to any member.

Tea Rota
A volunteer is required to take over from Joy who has given so selflessly in offering tea, coffee and biscuits at each meeting. Again, please put your name forward to Joy or any committee member.

If you are on the internet, a general plea for members to check their emails regularly. There are times when leaders or there are information emails from U3A which require reading and replying. If you have it, please use it.

London Region Network
Latest events being promoted by the London Region U3A is the very popular Summer school to take place from 21-23 July 2020. The theme this time will be The Twenties – A dynamic decade, a time of change some of which has echoes as we enter the twenties again.

London events organised by the national U3A include the U3A Christmas concert at St Lawrence Jewry, Guildhall Yard, on 4 December and looking to February, Discovering Children’s Library.

All details in Third Age Matters publication. Online booking via events page of U3A national website: https://www.u3a.org.uk/events

Members can have the U3A national newsletter emailed directly for all news, events and offers. Find out more and read previous issues at www.u3a.org.uk/about/newsletter

For non-U3A notices follow the link on the right of the page. (Last update 24 November)