MESSAGE TO ALL OUR MEMBERS FROM JAN HODGES, CHAIR
This month, on Wednesday 2nd June, we had the first ever National u3a Day which was set up to celebrate all that u3a offers. The idea is that it will become an annual event during Volunteer Week on the first Wednesday in June. With publicity, events, and activities; it will show the amazing and diverse things members get up to and challenge preconceptions of what being an older adult means. With the lockdown not yet fully eased it was difficult this year for u3as to show the full range of what they offer but every u3a was asked to try and do something. We promoted what we offer via our website and new Facebook page and our wine tasting group scheduled a meeting coinciding with u3a Day on Belton Hills and was blessed with glorious weather (see separate report below).
As we enter June and lockdown easing at the moment looking on track for 21st and some better weather and sun for us to enjoy, we can look ahead to much more face-to-face u3a activity in the coming months.
More Good News! Extension to Membership
The Committee has decided to extend the current membership for current members to May 2022. Previously we said it would be renewable this October. This will mean members who have renewed in the past year will get another year’s membership free. This reflects the difficulties of the past year when our activities have been severely reduced and which are only just beginning to build up again this year, with main meetings not due to start before September. We are fortunate to have financial reserves which have helped us weather this pandemic.
Thank you for sticking with us during these difficult times. Jan
IN NORMAL TIMES -
Meeting at West Leigh Baptist Church, London Road, Leigh-on-Sea
We are very pleased you have decided to visit our website
Our LEIGH-ON-SEA U3A, started in 2007 and continues to grow enthusiastically. At our monthly meetings we have a speaker and during tea break a chance to socialise and find out about Groups, events and outings. We enjoy learning, socialising and having fun together. If you join us, we hope you will not only join our Groups but will consider what skills/help you can offer and maybe even start a group.
BACKGROUND - The U3A is a learning organisation made up of self-help groups run by their members. We welcome people who are no longer in full time employment who wish to learn and socialise together. There are currently over 1046 U3As across the country in this growing, dynamic organisation. People coming together, learning together, not for qualifications but the sheer joy of discovery.
A contribution from Writing for Pleasure Leader Lew Button says it all....
One early Spring morning in May, I told my mates I’m joining U3A.
They answered “you must be quite mad, it’s the worst idea you’ve ever had.
That’s for ladies of a certain age, and gents who now don’t get a wage!”
But I joined and, to my surprise, I’ll tell you – it opened my eyes.
You see, it’s all up to you, the wonderful things you can do.
There’s music from Mozart to Bach, knock down skittles just for a lark.
Go with Andy for lunch that’s quite fine, and consume several bottles of wine.
Listen to jazz and bebop and swing, go to Ray and old songs you sing.
Be surprised, what you do at your leisure, the variety of things for your pleasure.
Write a story if you are quietly inclined, who knows, it may improve your mind.
Do you want to appear in a play? Do all of these things in a day.
Lots of other things to do as well, there are far too many to tell.
So, to my doubting friends, I say – THREE CHEERS FOR THE U3A!!
COME AND JOIN US TO SEE HOW MUCH ENJOYMENT THE U3A CAN BRING TO YOUR LIFE! WE LOOK FORWARD TO WELCOMING YOU.