Meeting 2019 04

Record of the General Meeting at the Lane Theatre

Tuesday 9th April 2019 at 11am

The Chairman, Gret Woodason, welcomed everyone, then introduced the visiting speaker, Peter Auger, Cornish Garden Consultant.

Experiences of a Head Gardener: Peter Auger, aided by his slide show assistant Peter, took us through photos taken during his time working as a Head Gardener. He started his horticultural training when he was 15 or 16, growing food and flowers under glass before being drawn to working in historic gardens. His first experience of working “in service” was for the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough at Blenheim Palace, 90 acres of garden “grandeur”. Later he worked for Lord and Lady Faringdon at Buscot Park which, in contrast, consisted of 120 acres of horticultural gardens. Peter gave us some amusing insight into what it was like working for gentry and how he dealt with their foibles. His slide show demonstrated that his management of the gardens was an absolute credit to him.

General Meeting.

1. Apologies: Kay and Ian.

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

3. Matters Arising: The Post-Christmas Lunch: Gret has booked the Atlantic Hotel for Friday 10th January. The cost will be £21.95 for 3 courses plus coffee, or £18.50 for two courses plus coffee.

4. Chairman’s Report:
New Treasurer: Gret was delighted to announce that we have had a volunteer to become our new Treasurer. She introduced Victor Williams, whose partner Sara was already a U3A member, and informed us that Victor had joined U3A today.

5. Secretary’s Report:
John gave verbal notice of the AGM on Tuesday 14th May, which will be after the General Meeting. We will be taking nominations and voting for the members of the new Committee:

  • i. Retiring Committee Members: We will be losing three members: Dave Morey, Margaret Harris and Allison Parsons. Gret Woodason should also come off the Committee as her three years are up (see 5.v. below).
  • ii. Existing Committee Members Available for Nomination: Four people are still available for nomination: John Woodason, Shirley Scammell, Christine Bramhall and Valerie Tams. Judith Holroyd joined the Committee during the year and is also available for nomination.
  • iii. Volunteers Available for Nomination: June Colwell volunteered to be Treasurer but has no computer and will be available to come onto the Committee in another role. David Stevens has also come back to U3A and will also be available for nomination.
  • iv. Additional Committee Members: There is still a vacancy for another committee member so if anyone would like to volunteer, they would be welcome to come along to our next Committee Meeting as a taster.
  • v. Chairman: The U3A Constitution is on the website. We can invoke clauses 7.iv and 7v. stating that we should ask if anyone is willing to stand as Chairman. If no-one comes forward, from the Committee or from other U3A members, the Committee can ask the existing Chairman to stay, but just for one more year. This interpretation has been agreed with U3A National Office as being correct. All has to be ratified at the AGM.
  • Gret then announced that we will re-juggle the Committee Members’ roles and we will have a Vice-Chairman.

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

Current Income for Year (as at 31/03/2019) £3,998
Estimated Expenditure for Year £3,106
Petty Cash £136
Refreshment Fund £250

7. Publicity: Gret said that since last month’s meeting she had received items for the newsletter, which will be issued next month. She asked for Group Leaders to write about any U3A activities they have attended, to share with others in the newsletter. She also explained that Group Leaders would also be able to showcase their activities at the September meeting

8. Group Activities:

  • i. Garden Appreciation Group: Margaret announced:-
  • a. The next visit is to Enys Gardens to see the bluebells on Tuesday 23rd April, minibus leaving 6 Veor Road at 1:15pm. It is a woodland garden, so suitable shoes should be worn. Afternoon teas are available.
  • b. Tuesday 21st May visit will be to Heligan Gardens, leaving Veor Road at 10am. Entrance is £10.50, coach £5.
  • c. Rosemoor visit this year will be 25th June. £7 entrance £15 coach. It will be a two hour journey on a 29 seater coach or it could be a bigger one. Deposit will need to be paid at next month’s meeting.
  • d. Hampton Court Flower Show trip 5th to 7th July: Payment is due by Friday 26th April.
  • ii. Antiques and Collectables: Chris announced that the visit planned for 29th April had to be postponed until 20th May, so the meeting on 29th April would be at the Quintrell Inn, subject Militaria.

9. Other Miscellaneous Social Activities:-

  • i. Silver Screen: Thursday 11th April – “Bohemian Rhapsody”
  • ii. Lighthouse Cinema: Will get us films to order, so long as we get at least 50 people who want to go. So think about what we would like to see.
  • iii. Bus Passes: From 1st April travel on Cornwall buses will be free for people with bus passes at any time of day, seven days a week. This is a change from free travel starting at the usual 9:30am, which still applies to the rest of the country.
  • iv. Newton Abbot Racing: 5th June £26. Meal on way home extra.
  • v. Neighbourhood Plan Referendum: John advised that we should all make sure we vote “Yes” to the neighbourhood plan referendum on 11th April.
  • vi. Cornwall International Male Voice Choir Festival: 2-6 May. There will be 50 concerts in 40 venues featuring 60 male choirs of all ages. Six choirs will be performing at St Michael’s on Friday 3rd May.
  • vii. Thursday Club Maggie announced the Thursday Club Annual Garden Party from 2pm on 27th April at 15 Godolphin Way.
  • viii. Parking at the Lane Theatre: Gret said that because Martin the Marshal had not been to the last few General Meetings, parking was haphazard again, meaning that some people had come and left again because they couldn’t get in. She asked that people should park more considerately.

10. Date and Time of Next General Meeting: Tuesday 14th May 10.30am for 11.00am. No speaker: Annual General Meeting, refreshments provided.