Saltburn District

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Are you interested in joining any of our groups?

If you are the best way to do it is to go onto our website.
Look up the group that you would like to join.
You can then contact the Group Leader via the (contact button) on the page
If the group is full you can go on the waiting list.
I know some of our groups would like more members.
Scrabble, American Tribal Style Dancing, German and Laughing Yoga.

We are always looking to start new groups.

Get in touch via the website (use the general contact button)if you think you could run a group.

We will give you all the help you need.

So please, don’t just sit back - get involved!

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Welcome to the latest news for January 2020

A belated Happy New Year to you all! Like many I was felled by a nasty bug over the holiday period and am just catching up now with all things SDU3A. Hope anyone who has been poorly is much better now.

On Thursday, January 23rd the Natural History Group will be welcoming Kate Bartram from the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust, Kate’s topic is ‘Ancient Hazel’. The meeting is in the upstairs room of Saltburn Methodist Church at 10am.

Also in January is the monthly ‘Sundowner Group’ - this is very much a social affair for catching up with old friends or meeting new ones. This is held in the St John’s Ambulance Centre in Marske. The next meeting is on Friday, 17th January, 4 – 6pm, weather permitting.

With a big thanks to Val, I am pleased to announce that the Summer Dining Group has now become the Dining Group and plans to run throughout the year. The first meeting of 2020 will be on the 23rd of January at the Longacre Pub, Skelton. If you are interested please contact Val via the website at least five days in advance.

For any SDU3A members interested in U3A regional matters the next meeting of Northumbria Region will be on January 29th in the Free Masons Hall in Darlington. If anyone wishes to attend please contact Karin for the relevant contact details to book a place plus copies of agenda and relevant papers.

There are three new groups looking for anyone interested in joining.

1. A new Bridge group for complete beginners and experienced players will be starting in February. This group will take place on a Friday morning at the Gleneagles Centre in New Marske. This is a pre-existing group that is now a SDU3A group. There will be instruction for those who have never played bridge before and there will also be tables for those with some experience. If you wish to register an interest please contact Karin for now. An interest sheet will be available at the next update meeting.

2. Intermediate Spanish aims to start in January with time and venue to be confirmed. The group plans to use a mixture of conversation, current affairs and a dedicated Spanish programme as its learning base.

3. Hand Quilting -Gaye has offered to lead an 8 week introductory course in hand-quilting. Gaye is a skilled quilter who has recently returned to England after many years of living abroad. Gaye can also teach machine and free motion techniques.

And…...
A popular group has reached the end of its content and Group Leader Wendy has offered to restart the learning material from the beginning – this group is Fun with Basic Sign Language. The first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, 14th January in the Toc H building in Saltburn.

If you are interested in any of these groups please get in touch via the website contact buttons – your e-mail will come to either a member of the committee or the group leader.

Wednesday June 3rd 2020 is National U3A day – we hope to make quite a splash in Saltburn with various displays, workshops and maybe a flashmob? To make this the best day possible it would be wonderful if group leaders and group members could indicate early on if they would like to be involved in the planning stages. Planning groups will be set up soon so please contact the committee via the website or telephone if you are interested.

I am continuing my appeal for anyone out there willing as an individual or as a couple to be a Group Leader.Even with 60+ groups to choose from SDU3A regularly has requests for groups we don’t yet offer. Is there anyone out there who might be willing to dip a toe into the pleasures of being a Group Leader? A short term group is an ideal way of testing what interest there is and if you feel being a Group Leader is the right thing for you. U3A is very much a mutual learning and helping organisation and to be a Group Leader you don’t have to be any sort of expert, just enthusiastic. Examples of recent requests are china painting, patchwork, beginners bridge, beginners ukulele, guitar, walking netball, wine appreciation, opera appreciation and woodwork/carving.
If you would like to know more about being a Group Leader please contact Karin, SDU3A Groups Co-ordinator.

SDU3A news can be updated at any time on the website so please send us any information you think should be shared.
The next update meeting will be at Saltburn Community Centre on Friday, 7th January, doors open at 9.45am.

Karin Slade, Groups Co-ordinator 16th January, 2020

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FIRE SAFETY ADVICE

The guest speakers at our JUNE Update meeting were Nigel Tilley and Lee Toogood from the Cleveland Fire Brigade Community Safety Team.

Through a very interesting, often amusing and thought-provoking presentation they highlighted key aspects of home safety advice and fire prevention tips. Handout leaflets were distributed and some are still available - look on the noticeboard table at the rear of the hall at the next Update meeting if you missed out on these.

Together with a range of simple tips to make our homes safer, Nigel and Lee suggested the following bedtime routine (as we are much more at risk of fire while we sleep):

• Switch OFF and unplug electrical equipment - only leave on appliances designed to be left on, like your fridge. NB We were told to avoid charging phones and laptops overnight, especially in the bedroom.
• Check your cooker - make sure grill, hob and oven are all turned OFF
• Turn heaters OFF and put a guard in front of any open fires
• Check candles are out
• Put cigarettes right out - wetting them to be sure - and NEVER smoke in bed
• Check your escape route - it should be clear of obstacles. Make sure your keys are where they are meant to be
• Close ALL doors - this can slow down the spread of fire
• Turn OFF your electric blanket - unless you are absolutely sure it can be left on safely e.g. if it has a thermostat
• DON’T leave your washing machine, tumble dryer, or dishwasher on if you go out or go to bed

The Community Safety Team offer a FREE Home Safety Check# (this would take between 10-15 minutes) which would help to identify risk and suggest simple amendments to increase your personal home safety. Telephone 01642 777651 to arrange for this.

The Fire Service also operate a Stay Safe and Warm campaign, which in case of e.g. boiler failure in your home during the winter months could offer support such as emergency heating, blankets etc.

We hope this advice will help you to keep safe.

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TALKS AND WALKS GROUP GUISBOROUGH U3A}

The programme of talks is :

Friday, December 13th TALES FROM A RIVER TEES PILOT with Geoff Taylor

The talks take place in the Methodist Hall on Westgate. Refreshments are served from 1000 and the talks begin at 1030. Cost is £2. All members of any U3A and their guests are very welcome to join us.