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Membership now stands at 424 compared with 413 last month and 404 at this time last year. We still hope to reach 500 by Christmas!

Members who haven’t renewed are no longer entitled to attend any U3A meetings or groups. Group leaders are requested to please check that their members have current membership cards (a sort of light salmon colour) which are valid until March 2019.

If you have lost or not received your renewal letter, please contact Alan Stevenson for a duplicate form (01782 395760).


At our AGM last month, members voted in favour of Chairman Keith Ward, Treasurer Lynne Stevenson, and Business Secretary Fay Howell, all returning for the next two years.

Membership Secretary Alan Stevenson, Minutes Secretary Susan Hartley and Assistant Treasurer Kevin Ford were also re-elected. Cathy Pomeroy, who is newly elected, joined the committee after last year’s AGM and will be the committee contact for publicity.

There is still one vacancy on the committee and members are asked to consider volunteering for this. You would need to attend monthly committee meetings (Thursday afternoons) and to help committee colleagues with administrative tasks where possible.

Members attending the AGM also voted in favour of the amendment to the Objects clause in our constitution, bringing us in line with the majority of U3As.

Please bear in mind for 2019 that it’s essential we fill committee roles.


There will be no meeting on Friday, 13th July as this will be replaced by the garden visit on Sunday, 15th July to The Mount at Creswell near Stafford (off Creswell Grove on the A5013, near Junction 14 of the M6). We will meet at 10.45am at Section K of the Trentham Gardens Car Park, in order to car share. Please ring to be sure of a place. The cost for this is £4 admission plus £1 for U3A. If there’s time afterwards we may call at Fletcher’s Garden Centre in Eccleshall.

We need a minimum of 15 people in order to organise a visit Anita Wright’s garden at The Garth, Milford again this summer, so if you are interested please let Fay or Chris know.

We are still looking for a new Group Leader but meanwhile Fay Howell and Chris Whitfield are continuing to run the group. If you are interested in joining or leading the group, please contact Chris Whitfield (01782 960327) or Fay Howell (01782 658659).


The next evening meal will be at The Tollgate, Blurton on Friday, 20th July, when we will meet at 7pm for 7.30pm. This will be a set price menu with about 3 or 4 options for each of 3 courses. Details are still to be confirmed. £5 deposit per person is required as soon as possible.

Fay has also booked a table for an evening meal at the Greyhound, Burston for Saturday 25th August. £5 per person deposit will be required and food will need to be pre-ordered, so menus will be available as soon as possible.

For bookings and enquiries, please contact Fay Howell on 01782 658659.


The Lunch Group’s next meeting will be on Tuesday 10th July at the Hem Heath, Trentham, commencing around 12.30pm. For further information please ring Group Leader Rita Wright on 01782 331684. If Rita is not available, you can leave a message and she will return the call as soon as possible.


The Tenpin Bowling evening on Thursday 28th June was unfortunately cancelled because it clahed with England’s World Cup football match. Next month’s meeting will be on Thursday, 26th July at the Hanley Cinebowl on Festival Park and you will need to book and pay in advance. The group meet at 6.30pm to start bowling at 7pm.

The cost is £11 which includes shoe hire, food, one drink and two games. For bookings or queries please contact Michelle TittleWang (01782 657564 or mob. 07753 264402).

IT GROUP (formerly Computer Group)

IT Group Leader, Joe Neilson is still doing computer classes but is also prepared to help members with tablets and mobile phones, since Information Technology (IT) is not exclusive to computers. New members would be welcome to join the group, which meets on alternate Monday mornings at Adderley Green Care Centre. For further information Joe can be contacted on 01782 852042.


If you enjoy board games and would be interested in a new U3A group, please contact Val Greatbatch on 07881 367509. We already have members interested in playing chess, so this is an opportunity to get involved with that or to discuss other games as well as times and venues, which are open to negotiation.


The evening Dance Class meets at 6pm on Thursdays at St. Paul’s Church Hall, Longton Hall Road, Blurton. The group have lots of fun learning a variety of ballroom, Latin American and party dances with Group Leader Chris Whitfield. New members would be very welcome and meetings are normally on the first and third Thursday of each month. This will allow members to take advantage of the summer months and weekly meetings may resume around September. For further information, Chris can be contacted on 01782 960327 or 07939 621499.

See Groups Section for specific details of summer arrangements.


With the lovely weather continuing, you may be considering outdoor activities such as crown green bowls. We have a bowling group which meets weekly at Florence Bowling Club at 1.30pm on Wednesday afternoons.

The Group Leader is Dave Darby, who can be contacted on 01782 317408.


This new singing group commenced on 19th June and will continue to meet from 2pm to 3.30pm on the first and third Tuesday of the month at St. Paul’s Church, Longton Hall Road, Blurton.

There are no intentions for it to become a formal choir or to perform at retirement or nursing homes, etc. It is purely for fun, to help promote physical and mental wellbeing and to provide a pleasant way of meeting new friends. You don’t need to worry about being able to sing – just come along and give it a go!

If you are interested in joining, please contact Chris Whitfield on 01782 960327 or 07939 621499.


Brush up your French for Beginners or Intermediate. We aim to split each meeting into sections which cover: Grammar, Verbs, Vocabulary, and Pronunciation. Meetings are every Friday at St. Pauls Church, Longton Hall Road. Andrew Devin has recently taken over as Group Leader and can be contacted on 01782 942352.


This year’s conference and subsequent AGM will be held at the East Midlands Conference Centre, in the grounds of Nottingham University, from 28th to 30th August 2018.

U3A members will be sharing views, ideas, expertise and experiences and workshops will focus on lifelong learning, managing new educational resources, finance, digital skills and supporting growth and development of U3As.

Throughout the three days there will be plenty of opportunity to discuss, debate and share ideas with colleagues from across the movement. There will also be free time to take part in singing, ukulele playing, walking, self-publishing and planning a dance event.

Further information and on-line booking is available on the national website at:


This group will commence on Tuesday, 5th June and is intended to be an informal get together, with opportunities to meet our Group Co-ordinators and fellow members and to socialise over light refreshments. There isn’t always time for a chat at our normal monthly meetings so this could be the chance to catch up, make new friends or to find out more about what’s on offer with U3A.

The group will meet at Longton Central Hall on the first Tuesday of each month, between 10.30am and 12.00 noon. The meeting format is still quite flexible, so if you would like to suggest topics for discussion or have useful background information to share at a future meeting, please contact Val Greatbatch (07881 367509), Chris Whitfield (01782 960327 or 07939 621499), or Trish Rowley on 07939 209054.


The National Office produce monthly online newsletters and members can register to receive these by email. You can sign up to receive your copy at

The newsletter includes details of current research projects, study days, entertainment, etc. which may interest some of our U3A members. It is worth signing up if you haven't already done so.

Middleport Pottery Volunteering Summer 2018

From 2 August – 16 September 2018, Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Middleport Pottery will present Weeping Window by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper. The poppies come to Stoke-on-Trent as part of the final year of the UK-wide tour of the iconic poppies. Some extra 60,000 visitors are expected at the pottery during the display alone, and volunteering help is needed.

Volunteering Roles include: Car Park Attendants/ Welcome Hosts; Visitor Areas and Site Guides; Workshop/ Activities Assistants. A recruitment event (an all day drop in) is being held on Saturday 23rd June.

If you are interested email: or visit

Please find attached link to Open Door Stoke on Trent who offer a free and friendly drop in service at Christ Church Fenton every Tuesday 9am-11:30am.
Everyone is welcome into a safe and non-judgemental environment. They offer the hand of friendship and work alongside other organisations to identify those who need further support and advice. Food and drink are also available.

Items for publication in the next newsletter will need to reach Fay Howell by Friday, 20th July 2018.
Tel: 01782 658659 or email: