Thorpe Bay

THE THORPE BAY U3A MONTHLY MEETING

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URGENT NOTICE - PLEASE READ

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We are aware of the need to keep all of you, and ourselves, safe and healthy, and free from the Coronavirus that has blighted our lives for the past 3 months. For that reason, the Committee have decided to move the renewal date for membership to October 1st, 2020. Your current membership card will remain valid until then and you will be able to join in any Thorpe Bay U3A activities that may take place. Some of your Interest Groups are continuing using electronic communication and these seem to be both popular and successful.

The new membership year will then continue for the 12 months from October 1st, 2020 up until September 30th, 2021. The fee for the coming year will the same as the past few years at £12.00 and the fee to attend the Monthly Meeting will remain at £1.00. If, due to any external factors, we are unable to renew the memberships by October 1st, we will let you know and we should be able to extend the current membership year to an even later date.

The gradual relaxation of lockdown measures revealed by the Government on May 10th, 2020 does not incorporate social gatherings in time for either the July or August General Meetings and we have cancelled the Speakers for both months. Similarly, Interest Groups will be unable to physically meet until we have been given permission by the Government.

Reinstatement of subsequent monthly meetings will be reviewed at the next Committee Meeting. However the following statement has been made by the U3A National Office:

"Some of you are asking about whether it is time to resume some face to face meetings. From a U3A activity perspective it is really important that government and NHS advice is followed. The U3A movement has been guided throughout this time by that advice and should continue to do so – for the safety and wellbeing of all our members.

We have been advised by our insurers that this is crucial from a public liability insurance perspective."

The reinstatement of Interest Groups, once officially sanctioned, will be gradual. We have a small team who can offer help and guidance.

So, as you have heard many times recently, I urge you to follow H.M. Government’s guidance; remember to Social Distancing if you do go out, wash you hands if you touch anything outside, and avoid public transport if possible.

ALL MEETINGS CANCELLED until further notice

Check back here at regular intervals, we will add information once we have it.

To all U3A members - If you feel unwell please remain at home and follow the Government advice. Phone 111 or online Contact 111.nhs.uk for further information. Contact your Doctors surgery if necessary.

If you wish to see the U3A National Office's statement please click on the "COVID-19" link on this page. The message will also give you a link to the .gov.uk website for the up to date recommendations.

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PLEASE CHECK ON THIS PAGE FOR UPDATES BEFORE ATTENDING ANY GROUP OR MEETING.

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February 2019 - Patricia Volante and Rossi's, The Story of Southend's Favourite Ice-Cream

We were joined this month by a local author who described how Rossi's became an iconic feature of the Southend-on-Sea landscape. After arriving from Italy via the cold streets of Glasgow, Agostino Rossi visited Southend during a trip to London and stayed to sell his Ice-Cream "pokes" to the locals and the tourists. With the help of his typical Italian family he went on to establish a number of stores along the seafront and the High Street. There, in 1959, a young local girl wandered in looking for a job joined the sales team, married Agostino's son, Fernando, and eventually ended up on our stage to tell us all about the family and the sweet treat. Patricia described progress from making Ice-Cream in a bucket set into ice, onto specialist machinery for serving the delight directly into a cone, and eventually the setting up of the factory in Lucy Road.
The only down side to Patricia's talk was that we all wanted to rush out and sample the results of years of work taken to produce, what has been for a long time, "Southend's Favourite Ice-Cream"

January – Linda Scholes - I was Born in Them Tha' Hills

A return visit by Linda who was born in a remote part of the Cascade Mountains in the Pacific Northwest State of Washington. Her family story was rather different to most of us. Her great grandmother arrived as a young child from Denmark in the late 1800s and was indentured to a Quaker Family in Iowa. The farming skills she learnt in Denmark served her well. Later after she married a neighbouring farmers son then staked out a square mile land claim by the side of the newly built railway. Families were large and life was hard in a climate of searing hot summers and intensely cold winters and complete crop failures sometimes happened.

Moving on a generation Linda's grandfather had a parcel of the original land and with his own hands built the farmhouse and other buildings. There was no water on the land and he dug, without any mechanical aid, a trench 6 feet deep and 8 miles long and prepared the bound wooden pipes to carry the water to the farm.

Although the original descendants are now scattered and contact lost with many of them, Linda still goes back to the land to see her family. But the place is now very different. The old Farmhouse built by her grandfather is now a leisure venue and weddings take place there. And nearby there is a skiing facility.

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Essex U3A Association Study Days

A selection of one day 'Study Days' organised by the Essex U3A have been set up. Please click on the link on the right of this page to find more details. You can access the Essex U3A Association website using the link on the Links Page.
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Important message concerning email communications

All members who have provided us with a valid email address should receive by email the monthly Notices as well as the periodic e-Magazine, and documentation for subscription renewals and the AGM. If you are not receiving these emails please email the Membership Secretary by using the contact page on this website.

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Facebook
Our U3A has a lively Facebook group where members provide news, views and chat freely to other members. You will need to have your own Facebook account to be able to join and you will find us when you search Facebook for 'U3A Thorpe Bay'. This is a closed group for our members only so you will have to request to join on the Facebook page. The 'admins' of this group are Barry Linton, Anne Marcus and Kevin Eason.

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Book Table

A Book Table is set up at each meeting run by Marian Livermore. You may bring a book & swap it for a new one.

Jigsaw Puzzle Swap Table

When we re-commence, this will be run by Jane Partridge and Yvonne Szymczak, and the puzzles will be located at their Flower Arranging Table in the Large Lounge.

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Would prospective new members please go to the 'New Members' page (Button above).

For a new way to learn go to the 'Groups' page and click on the link to 'FUTURE LEARN'

For details of all New and Proposed Groups please go to the 'Groups' page and click on the 'NEW GROUPS' link.

Dates for your Diary
Outings
Wed Jul 15th Audley End - CANCELLED

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Quarantine through Art