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A new U3A for Arran
A Public Meeting will be held on Friday 13th September at 2.30 pm at Brodick Church Hall, Knowe Road, Brodick, Isle of Arran, KA27 8BZ. All are welcome to attend. For more information please contact Linda Hodson on 0208 466 6139 or linda@u3a.orgt.uk. See link on this page for a poster for this event.

All Scotland Assembly and Annual General Meeting 18 June 2019
The All Scotland Assembly and AGM held in the Mayfield Centre, Stirling, on 18 June 2019 was attended by 49 delegates, representing 20 Member U3As and the newly launched Blairgowrie U3A. Kath Payne, Chair, U3A in Scotland and Anne Brown, Chair, Forth Valley U3A, welcomed everyone.

The first speaker in the morning session was Ian McCannah, Chairman of the Third Age Trust. Ian gave an excellent presentation on a range of important issues, including The Third Age Trust Development Plan; Changes to Scottish Charity Law; Membership of the Trust for Regional Committees; Beacon; The Barbara Lewis Fund; and New look Third Age Matters. There was a lively question and answer session, during which Ian responded fully and clearly to delegates’ questions. Several delegates commented after the session that they had a much better understanding of Third Age Trust and U3A issues having heard Ian’s explanations.

The second presentation in the morning was on Hearing Access for All, by Sally Shaw of Ideas for Ears; Alan Blue, Forth Valley U3A; and Peter Spencer Davies, Bearsden and Milngavie U3A. Sally Shaw, with members of Forth Valley and other U3As, had developed a Hearing Access Protocol, which aimed to ensure that meetings and events had procedures in place to promote hearing access for people with hearing loss. The group were keen to involve other U3As in Scotland in adopting the Hearing Access Protocol. (Follow the link on this page to their presentation).

The lunch break provided a welcome opportunity for members to chat together, get to know each other and share information about their U3As and issues of common interest.

In the afternoon the Annual General Meeting was held with the usual reports from the Chair, Kath Payne; Acting Treasurer, Anne Walsh; Former Treasurer, Mike Stills (written report); and Third Age Trustee, Ed Link. This was Ed’s last AGM as Trustee for Scotland and Kath Payne thanked him warmly for all his work in this role. Linda Clark (Secretary) and Janet Holland (Committee Member) who were standing down, were also thanked for their contributions to the Committee. The following new committee was elected:
Chair: Kath Payne (Four Border Abbeys U3A); Vice Chair: Susan Tester (Forth Valley U3A); Secretary: Rosie Alexander (Four Border Abbeys U3A); Treasurer: Anne Walsh (West Lothian U3A); and Committee members Iain McDonald (Three Brethren) and Eric Moffat (Dumfries U3A). The unconfirmed minutes of the AGM will be posted on the website as soon as available.

The Chair thanked Forth Valley U3A for hosting the event in Stirling.

The feedback on the day was very positive with most aspects rated ‘very good’ or ‘good’.

For photos of the event follow the links on this page.

New U3A for Blairgowrie launched
A public meeting was held on Thursday 30th May at St. Catherine's Community Centre, Blairgowrie. On a wet and windy day, a group of interested people gathered to learn more about the U3A movement (see links to pictures on this page). Ed Link, Trustee for Scotland, spoke about U3A and the Third Age Trust. Wilma Coleman, Perth U3A, and Pat Garland, Dundee U3A, gave enthusiastic talks about activities in their U3As. Susan Tester, Vice Chair, U3A in Scotland, talked about the U3A network in Scotland. After a sociable break for refreshments, Ed Link introduced the formalities. Participants voted unanimously to start up a new U3A in Blairgowrie. A group of volunteers formed a steering committee which will meet over the next few months working towards the inauguration meeting. For more information please contact Linda Hodson, linda@u3a.org.uk, tel 0200 466 6139.

U3A in Scotland Newsletter March 2019
The March 2019 Newsletter is available to download from this page.