T48: The Light-Dining Group
|T48 is currently holding only weekly on-line lunches every Wednesday||Just prepare your own meal, join the meeting and have lunch together without leaving the comfort of your own home. First-timers to T48 on-line meetings have their own early start-time: so that they can get settled before the others arrive, they may if they wish sign-in at 12:30 pm rather than 12:45 pm|
|* Meetings are now open to all members of PGSU3A, not just T48 members|
|* Limits on attendance have been increased|
|* Use the blue messenger pigeon to ask the T48 co-ordinator for the link and password|
|As restrictions are lifted||When Face-to Face (F2F) Members' Monthly Meetings resume, we shall also hold F2F, rather than on-line, lunches on the same Wednesdays. On other Wednesdays, we shall be continuing with on-line lunches as part of our permanent routine, nothing to do with COVID-19. F2F meetings on other days will be gradually re-introduced as conditions allow|
What is Tea-For-Eight?
Tea-For-Eight is for those who enjoy daytime dining with a small, friendly group of others in establishments such as bistros, cafes, patisseries.
The types of establishment we usually visit are so small that they would be overwhelmed by too many people needing to be served together, so attendance is limited to eight. Occasionally, meetings are held in establishments which are able to cater for larger groups: for these, the limit might be increased to more than eight.
When and where are meetings held?
There is usually one on-line lunch per week plus one F2F lunch held immediately prior to our U3A's Monthly Meeting and only a short walk away. Additional meetings are arranged at members' request.
Meetings are announced a month or so in advance so that members can pencil them into their diaries. Precise details of the venue are circulated to our main mailing list about a week in advance.
Wherever possible, venues are chosen that are convenient for the 121, 299 or 329 bus routes or for the tube.
Types of meeting
Meetings are one of three types:
- Book-In-Advance meetings
For these, members need to book with the co-ordinator, by a deadline which is a few days before the meeting. Booking is closed once the limit (usually the 8 from which the group gets its name) has been reached.
- Drop-In meetings
For these, there is no need to book in advance: just turn up as the mood takes you. It is guaranteed that someone will be there during a specified core-time, so anyone turning up then will have company. Because arrivals are spread out, kitchens and waiting staff have an easier time so there is no limit on attendance.
- On-Line meetings
These are based on Zoom. Make your own meal, sign in and eat together without leaving the comfort of your own home. If you don't have Zoom on the device you are using then it will be downloaded as part of the signing-in process.
Meetings continue for as long as those attending want, but typically last about an hour, or just over. Those attending their first meeting have an early sign-in if they wish, so they they can get settled before the meeting-proper starts.
On-Line meetings are open to PGS U3A members generally.The limit on attendance is normally 12: larger than the 8 for Book-In-Advance meetings. Zoom requires everyone to have an invitation: these are automatically circulated to those on the T48 mailing list; others need to request one from the co-coordinator.
Types of meal
These are usually arranged on a drop-in basis, at round about 11:00. For some venues, it might be necessary to book in advance.
Usually, these are book-in-advance but we are increasingly having Online lunches
The pre monthly-meeting lunches are not just for those going to the monthly meeting: all T48 members may book, even if not going.
- Afternoon/High Tea
The terms “Afternoon Tea” and “High Tea” mean different things to different people, and some use them interchangeably. For the sake of clarity, so far as T48 is concerned:
- “ Afternoon Tea” means the traditional meal of savories, scones and cake, with a pot of tea.
- “High Tea” is the afternoon equivalent to Brunch. Think omelettes or salad.
These are drop-in whenever allowed by the venue, but are often book-in-advance.
- Coffee & Cake
A mid-afternoon refresher, always arranged on a drop-in basis, usually in a patisserie. Don’t take the title too literally: it could be tea, could be a sandwich -it's up to you.
Bringing a non-member guest
Accompanied guests who are not members of PGS U3A are always welcome at drop-in meetings.
For book-in-advance and on-line meetings there will need to be space for them within the limit. Members take priority.
How to join
If you are a PGS U3A member, just click on the "Click to send a message!" pigeon and ask the T48 co-ordinator, Roger Lovegrove, to put you on the mailing list.
If you are not a member of PGS U3A but are thinking about becoming one then, as a taster to see what you think of us, you might be able to come along to one# of T48's meetings provided permission is obtained first. Click on the pigeon to ask.