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Notes taken at December's General Meeting can be read here General Meeting 2019 12


U3A Day

U3A Day 3rd June 2020 Advance notice of this very 1st National U3A Day in Volunteer Week. Time and venue TBA.

The very first national U3A Day – celebrating the learning, activity and fun that happens every day in U3As across the country – will take place on Wednesday 3 June 2020.

• raise the profile of our U3A so, collectively, there is more awareness
• help challenge negative perceptions of older adults
• invite other Third Agers to learn how U3A supports the lives of retired people

Any suggestions on how we can celebrate welcome.


General Meeting 12th November 2019

Richard Peirce talk Nov 2019 We had an extremely interesting but upsetting talk at our General Meeting today, given by Richard Peirce, author and conservationist. His talk entitled "Cuddle Me, Kill Me" was all about the large scale captive lion breeding and canned hunting in South Africa, when lion cubs are taken away from their mothers when they are only a few days old, some only a few hours old, so their mothers will quickly produce another litter. All to feed the tourist industry, who come to cuddle the lion cubs, "walk with lions" and then hunt the "tame" adults. Shocking!

Sign the trophy hunting petition to stop all this on Born Free Foundation website.


FYI: Lostwithiel U3A Photographic Group is holding an exhibition of members' work at Shire Hall, Bodmin from Mon 25th to Friday 29th November and Monday 2nd to Friday 6th December from 9am to 2pm. There will be over 70 images on display from 17 different photographers covering a wide variety of genres. Jenny Barnes, our own Photography Group Leader, will have some of her photographs on display at the exhibition.


Notes taken at the General Meeting on Tuesday 8th October can be read here Meeting 2019 10

2020 U3A Diaries are available to purchase at General Meetings £2.75 each.

New Groups:

  • French Conversation and Bird Watching starting in November.
  • Pub Visits to meet up and play pub games starting December.

Changes of Regular Group Meetings:

  • Social Group: Please note that from the beginning of November 2019 the Social Group will be meeting at the Heron Center at 11am on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month instead of every other Thursday. This is because Silver Screen showings will be weekly.
  • Nature Study Saunter Group: Please note that from November 2019 the Nature Study Saunter Group will be meeting on the 3rd Friday of the month instead of the 3rd Monday.
  • Poetry Appeciation Group: Please note that this group now meets only once a month instead of twice, the third Thursday.

Next General Meeting on Tuesday 12th November: Our speaker will be Richard Peirce, who is the author of several books. The latest one is ‘Orca: The day the Great White Sharks disappeared’, which came out in August. There is going to be a film based on the book sometime next year. His previous book, ‘Cuddle Me, Kill Me’, which came out last year, is very topical and today he was in talks with ITV to do a programme before the end of the year. He is a veteran campaigner against shark abuse, but tackles another controversy in this book, that of lion breeding and canned hunting, a huge and growing industry.




JOIN NEWQUAY U3A at our General Meeting on the second Tuesday of every month except August at the Lane Theatre, Newquay TR8 4PX. Annual Membership is only £15 (or £10 from October to March inc). Visitors can have a taster for £1.50. Join other members for free refreshments and a natter in the Green Room from 10:15am before our speaker at 11am in the auditorium.

SLIDESHOW Please remember that David Stevens runs a slideshow of photos of our recent group events in the auditorium from 10:30am. Join him in there after your refreshments.

CAR PARK MARSHALS We desperately need car park marshals at the Lane Theatre. Volunteers to do this on a rota basis would be very welcome. We can provide hi-vis jackets.

We have a suggestions box situated near the notice board at our General Meetings. If you can think of anything that you would like to do in Newquay U3A or ways to improve our General Meetings, please put details of your idea down on paper and into the box or just use the Contact link to email us. We will endeavour to carry out your wishes.

MINUTES from our General Meetings are displayed on the notice board at General Meetings.


Special Birthdays
Please let the Committee know if anyone has a special birthday this year so that a card can be sent.

Our latest newsletters can be seen by clicking on the relevant link on this page.
Our latest Newsletter is also available at the General Meetings.

We need Volunteers
Newquay U3A is organised totally by volunteers, without whom there would be no Newquay U3A.

Our Committee are volunteers. Our Group Leaders are volunteers. Our General Meetings have to have organisers. There are people who organise the speakers, people who help to set up the rooms ready for the meeting, marshals in the car park, people who officiate at the sign in desk, people who make tea and coffee, people who introduce you to other people if you look lost, people who clear up afterwards. These people are all volunteers.

  • We desperately need car park marshals at the Lane Theatre. Volunteers to do this on a rota basis would be very welcome.
  • We can always do with some help to set up the rooms ready for the General Meeting at the Lane Theatre.

We are always grateful for any help from other volunteers. Skills learned in our working lives can be very useful in Newquay U3A. Using our skills to help others is good for the soul.

If you would like to volunteer to join the Committee, or to lead a new Interest Group, or to help out at General Meetings, please click on the "send a message" link on this page.


We need Articles and Photos
Let’s make our website more interesting. This will not only encourage new members to join but will also keep our existing members up to date with our recent activities. The items of interest below will also be useful to add to our next newsletter.

• Send us recent photos of your Newquay U3A group enjoying your group's interests
• Tell us where you’ve been recently with Newquay U3A and what you did when you were there
• Write about what Newquay U3A means to you

To send us an article or photos click the “send a message” link and we will send you instructions on how to send document files and photos to us. Please be aware that you must have obtained permission from the people in your photos to have the photos used on the website, the blog and/or Facebook. If you are a photographer and do not want your photos copied and used by other entities, please add a watermark to your photo.

We have a Newquay U3A Facebook Page, where you can see photos and reviews of some of our activities and our speakers. Please click on the link or seach @NewquayU3A. If you have any photos you would like to send us of your U3A events please send an email to Webmaster for instructions on how to do that. Please make sure that you have permission from anyone clearly shown in the photo for their picture to go on Facebook.


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