Meeting 2019 03

Record of the General Meeting at the Lane Theatre

Tuesday 12th March 2019 at 11am

The Chairman, Gret Woodason, welcomed everyone, then went through the Health & Safety/Fire notices before welcoming and introducing the visiting speaker, Des Prouse from Goonhilly Earth Station.

Goonhilly: A Tale of Two Half-centuries. Des Prouse talked to the accompaniment of a lengthy slide show, telling us all about Goonhilly and their involvement with the first transatlantic TV broadcast in 1962 via Telstar, along with various other “firsts”, such as the first colour TV transmission from the 1968 Tokyo Olympics via USA, Goonhilly and on to the BBC in London. He described the various different satellite dishes (or antennas) on their site and how they work to link up with the satellites orbiting the Earth.

Goonhilly Earth Station Ltd is the company that acquired the famous Goonhilly satellite station from BT in 2014. Founded by entrepreneur and satellite communications engineer, Ian Jones, the company was formed in order to realise the huge potential at the site. With a vision to create a multi-faceted space hub, Goonhilly Earth Station Ltd is forging ahead in a number of commercial and scientific endeavours.

General Meeting.

1. Apologies: Alison Parsons, Cynthia and Michael Krauesslar.

2. Minutes of Previous Meeting held on 12th February 2019 were signed off and available on the notice board.

3. Matters Arising: The Post-Christmas Lunch: Gret is attending a meeting at the Atlantic Hotel tomorrow and will make a decision based on the negotiations.

4. Chairman’s Report:

  • 1) Committee Members: Gret explained that we have a serious situation with requirement for a Treasurer and replacement for three members coming off the committee. Chris Bramhall is happy to continue as Assistant Treasurer. We have had an offer from someone with bookkeeping experience, but she does not have access to a computer, which is not ideal. Therefore, we are asking for a volunteer with the relevant experience, or our U3A will be unable to continue.
  • 2) Morfydd Beales: Gret announced that Morfy is moving to Yorkshire and that this will be her last meeting. Morfy is an active member of the Walking and Cornish Dancing groups and is well known in Newquay U3A. Morfy then stood up and thanked people, Elsie in particular, for making her so welcome when she first joined. Gret then suggested that everyone should look out for new members on their own at the General Meetings and help them to feel welcome.

5. Treasurer’s Report: Dave Morey announced:-

Current Income for Year (as at 28/02/2019) £3,997
Estimated Expenditure for Year £3,000
Petty Cash £137
Refreshment Fund £221

6. Membership Secretary: Shirley announced that there were 90 at the meeting and 10 visitors, 2 from Bognor Regis U3A. She then thanked those people who had filled in their GDPR forms.

7. Publicity: Gret said that until this morning she had nothing for the newsletter. She said that she would like people to put down a few lines about any U3A activities they have attended, to share with others in the newsletter, rather than talk about them at the meeting, which is actually to give advance notice and clarification of events

8. Group Activities:

  • 1) Longer Walking Group: In Janet’s absence Kath Webster is organising tomorrow’s Longer Walk. Due to the forecast of high winds she is taking an inland route. People intending to go should contact Kath first.
  • 2) Garden Appreciation Group: Margaret introduced herself to new members and visitors and then said that the 26th March visit was to the Pinetum in St Austell. Entrance £9, although group tickets could be purchased at a discount rate from the Groupon website. The minibus, leaving 6 Veor Road at 11am was full, but those travelling in cars could meet them in the car park there.
  • Hampton Court Flower Show trip 5th to 7th July: Bookings to be made through Newells Travel in Bank Street and the trip is now open to non-U3A members as well, to fill the coach. The price is £309 for 2 night’s dinner, bed and breakfast at the Thistle Hotel in Uxbridge. The price includes entrance to Hampton Court and to Wisley on the way home, but there is an extra charge of £17.50 for non-National Trust members at Stourbridge National Trust property they will be visiting on the way there.
  • 3) Walking Group: Sheilah asked that if it is wet people should phone her first before any walk.

9. Other Miscellaneous Social Activities:-

  • Silver Screen: Thursday 14th March – “The Aftermath.”
  • The Lane Theatre: Thu/Fri/Sat 14th March – 16th March and Thu/Fri/Sat 21st – 23rd March: “D.H. Lawrence is Upside Down at the Bottom of the World” by David Allen. The performance has adult themes. £11 or £10 concessions.

10. Date and Time of Next General Meeting: Tuesday 9th April March 10.30am for 11.00am. The speaker will be Peter Auger talking about “Experiences of a Head Gardener.”