Ravenshead

News

February 2020

Dear Members

Despite the cold weather there was a very good turnout at this month's general meeting. Our speaker was Jack Perks, wildlife photographer who shared with us many of his photographs especially of his favourite subjects, fish and birds: otters, grayling, puffins and killer whales in the Shetlands, snakes in London, squirrels, ducks, golden eagles, water voles, kingfishers, ospreys, blue sharks. Jack described where and how he managed to capture his beautiful photographs and the lengths he went to in order to take some breath-taking shots.

INDUCTION LOOP IN CHURCH
If you use hearing aids please ensure they are switched to the correct position so that you can access the induction loop in church. In some hearing aids that position is “T” for telecoil - otherwise please read the manufacturer’s instructions.

COMMUNICATIONS
We are communicating with members regularly by email sent via Beacon. Please ensure your email address is correctly recorded on Beacon. Did you know that you can check and amend your personal details (including email address) using the members portal?
Please scroll to the bottom of the Beacon page on our website where you can log in and make changes to your profile.
We urge you to check your emails regularly (including your junk/spam box) in order not to miss any news and opportunities for trips and events. Please note you can reply to these emails simply and directly by hitting the “Reply” button.

RU3A MAGAZINE
The magazine editor Judith Moore is always looking for interesting articles from members. If you would like to share a story or an experience please contact Judith - contact details on the 'Committee' page of this website.

SURVEY OF MEMBERS
The deadline approaches and if you would still like to take part please contact me or Vice Chairman Terry Moore - contact details on the 'Committee' page of this website.
Your views are extremely important and help inform the way your U3A develops in the next few years.
If you complete and return your questionnaire your name will go into a prize draw.

INTEREST GROUPS
If you would like more information about any of our interest groups, would like to join one or start a new one please contact Margaret Craddock, our Groups Co-ordinator.
Contact details on the 'Committee' page of this website.

NATIONAL U3A DAY – WEDNESDAY 3 JUNE 2020
This is going to be the very first National U3A Day, the first of many which will take place every year on the first Wednesday in June, in the middle of National Volunteers’ Week which is celebrated 1-7 June. The aim of the day is to celebrate the learning, activity and fun which goes on in every U3A across the country. We will mark the day by showcasing what we do. We have hired the Village Hall for the day and there will be displays, performances and opportunities to ‘have a go’ throughout the day.
Please mark this day in your diaries and come along. All members of the public (of any age and not just in Ravenshead) are invited so it would be great if each member could bring a friend or relative.
If you would like your group to take part Margaret Craddock will co-ordinate and assist (contact details above).

RECYCLING
In our effort to be a little more environmentally friendly we would like to invite members to drop off those clean items which can’t go into the council recycling bins and place in marked containers in the church foyer. All items must be clean and include:
clean bottle tops e.g. shampoo and milk bottle tops which go to the hospice to raise funds; small metal items e.g. jam jar lids; clean aluminium foil/containers and wine bottle tops; disused biros/pens; clean biscuit wrappers; stamps cut with at least ¼” border; still working light bulbs.
If anyone has any brass or copper items and cable they can be left in the recycling area. If in doubt please contact Margaret Craddock (contact details on the 'Committee' page of this website).

ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS
IF EXCEPTIONALLY ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE LIKELY TO SEVERELY IMPACT ATTENDANCE AND A MEETING HAS TO BE CANCELLED WE WILL EMAIL YOU AND ALSO PLACE A NOTICE ON THE WEBSITE.
PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAILS AND THE WEBSITE BEFORE VENTURING OUT

OUR NEXT MONTHLY MEETING will take place on Tuesday 10 March 2020 when Fool’s Gold, an acoustic duo Carol and Steve Robson, will entertain us with a collection of songs loosely linked by the theme “Stormy Stories”.

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL
Your membership renewal is due by the end of this month (February). If you have not already paid (same fees as last year) please do so as soon as possible. Sue Owen (treasurer) will be pleased to accept renewals at the Coffee and Conversation meeting (see item below).

OUR NEXT COFFEE & CONVERSATION will take place on Monday 17 February between 10 a.m. and 12 noon in Room 3 at the Centre. The next one after that will be on Monday 16 March.

Maria Gabrielczyk
Chairman