Northampton

News

A Newsletter is published 3 times a year and sent to all members. To see more details, please click on the link on the right. This contains information about activities both past and to come and information on how to contact Group Leaders. Photographs of and information about past events can be accessed by clicking the links on the right.

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THE U3A PROJECTOR, LAPTOP, PROJECTOR STAND AND LAMINATOR ARE BEING HELD BY JANE EVANS AT 32, BIRCHFIELD ROAD, NORTHAMPTON. JANE CAN BE CONTACTED TO ARRANGE COLLECTION AND RETURN ON 01604 458120 OR EMAIL HER BY CLICKING ON THE MESSAGE LINK ON THE TOP RIGHT.

‘Hard of Hearing’ LOOP SYSTEM for groups

We now have an easy to use, portable induction loop system available for groups to use - just plug it in and it is ready to use, with no trailing wires. Please contact Alan Eagle via the link on the right, if you would like to collect it for use by your group.

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MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL 2018/19

I hope all our members will want to renew their membership for 2018/19.

To make is easy, the renewal form was included in the Winter Newsletter issued in November 2017. You can also download it from this website. Please click the link on the right ‘Membership Renewal 2018/9’. Print it out and follow the instructions on the form.

If you prefer to renew in person I shall be taking renewals at the next few general meetings so come with your form and cheque ready completed; it should save time and speed up the queue! There will also be a supply of forms on hand should you forget though.

If you have already given a Gift Aid authority, you do not need to do it again. However, anyone who has not previously completed a Gift Aid form and now wishes to do so can download it from the website. Alternatively one can be obtained from the Treasurer, Kath Bottwood, or from me. If you cease to be a taxpayer, please remember to advise the Treasurer.

Dinah Knapp
Membership Secretary

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GIFT AID SURPLUS – HELP FOR EQUIPMENT FOR GROUPS

There is some money available from Gift Aid, to help groups improve the content of their meetings. There may be some equipment you feel would enhance the quality of your learning, and, if this is the case, please apply in writing to me. Your request will then be taken to the Committee for their approval.

Marie Catling

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U3A HOLIDAY - 2018

Hotel Carrington - Bournemouth. (with indoor pool!) Monday 17th - Friday 21st September

Coach Holidays Four nights at half board - £295.00 (including transport and exclusive use of coach whilst there)

Pay £75.00 deposit to Ray Clifford, 21 Watermeadow Drive, NN3 8PL, by 12th February 2018
Contact tel. 01604 495134 or email Ray by clicking the link on the top right.

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First Aid-More Free Courses

Following the success of the courses last spring, the Red Cross have again contacted U3A to offer to provide free basic First Aid courses for over 65s. As before, courses will be at Moulton Park, and attendees will receive 2 hours training, and an instruction set to take away. This is really useful to anybody, as no prior experience or physical strength is required, and provides an important update even if you did first aid in the past. Some of you missed the last courses with holidays and appointments so I will do my best to fit requirements to dates I am offered. Courses will probably be in late January, February or early March 2018. If you are interested, please download and send this 2nd First Aid Course form or ring Maggie on 01604 705205. You can also bring the form to the October or November monthly meeting and see her there.

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For details of the Christmas Entertainment and Annual Lunch 2018 see the Social Events page.

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Photos taken at the Picnic at the Obelisk Centre in June can be seen by clicking this Picnic 2017 link.

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Do you do outdoor activities and would like to benefit from the discounts available for U3A members at Ultimate Outdoors at Riverside? If you are interested, please see the Walking Groups page for more details.

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The Big Sing

Due to the success of the Singing for Fun group, we will no longer be able to host Big Sings as our regular monthly attendance is such that the capacity of the hall (80 sitting) will not accommodate many extra singers.

If the membership drops we will of course review the situation.

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Northampton U3A have been approached to provide volunteers to help children to read, by Beanstalk, and a number of members have shown interest. MORE VOLUNTEERS are needed to help local children for a few hours a week.

More details about Beanstalk can be obtained by clicking on the link or contacting the Beanstalk NORTHAMPTON OFFICE Tel: 01604 720969 or emailing Jo Burns by clicking the link on the right.

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{Our Current Membership is 1073 members

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We would particularly like to welcome the recently joined New Members and rejoining Members to U3A Northampton.

  • Margaret Smart
  • Robert Moore
  • Christine White
  • Tina-Jane White
  • Vicky McCaughey
  • Gloria Slyne
  • Alan Goodacre
  • Liz Cantopher
  • Ann Goodman-Smith
  • Margaret Witt
  • Geoff Taylor
  • Elisabeth Jackson
  • Keith Fossey
  • Thomas Bell
  • Rowena Bell
  • Jose Blackwell
  • Patricia Green
  • Susan Hancock
  • Andrew Simmons
  • Ingrid Clasper
  • Sylvia Lamb
  • Margaret Riley
  • Jill Flanders
  • Bob Purser
  • Pauline Thomas
  • Shirley Martin (rejoining)
  • Anna Botterill (rejoining)
  • Carol Pritchard
  • Leonard Scott
  • Richard York
  • Lita Herbert
  • Irene Reeves (rejoining)
  • Stanley Sharpley
  • John Barnett
  • Annas Line
  • Christine Collins

Your Committee look forward to meeting the New Members at the next New Members meeting.

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Group News is published each month and the latest one can be accessed by clicking the link on the right. This provides information on Planned and Existing Groups. See also New Groups for details of relatively newly formed groups.

Please send your pictures taken at any functions, events and group meetings, in jpeg format (.jpg) to the Webmaster using the 'CONTACT' page.

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