Our U3A Committee join me in wishing you all a very Happy New Year and hope you enjoyed the Christmas festive season. Uckfield U3A continues to thrive into a new decade and we look forward to exciting events in our interest groups and the monthly meetings for 2020.

Christmas Tree & Quiz
Our thanks go to Committee members, Julie, Beryl & Jenny who gave much of their time to planning and decorating the U3A Christmas Tree in the Holy Cross Festival last month. It was much admired and plans are already afoot for groups’ involvement in next year’s event. It was good to see so many of you at our quiz in December. Next year we will endeavour to make it shorter to allow members more time to socialise.

Laptop and Projector
We have recently purchased a dedicated laptop for our U3A which is paired with a projector. The Photography Group use these regularly and have members who know how to operate the equipment. If any other of our groups would like to use it for an event or meeting they should contact any member of the Committee or the Photography Group to arrange this and receive necessary instructions.

SUN Study Days
A list of these interesting, full day courses is distributed annually with your Membership Booklet. They are held on some Saturdays at venues around Sussex for U3A members. Sadly, take up has been poor this year and a few have had to be cancelled, including one held in Uckfield. Please check the board at the monthly meetings and your leaflet to see forthcoming Study Days as some are quite close to us geographically. The next one is on Feb 8th at Pulborough, “Landscapes of South East England”.

SE Forum Summer School
This U3A Group covering the whole South East of England organise a popular, annual, residential, 3 day Summer School with about 12 interest areas to choose from. Last year’s list included Bridge; Falconry; Cycling; Yoga; Family History; Patchwork and Folk Dancing. Theatre visits are also arranged. This year it takes place between June 15th and 18th at the University of Chichester. Please let us know if you are interested. More details will be available shortly.

National U3A Day
The U3A is becoming more popular nationally. Indeed, membership is being encouraged by GPs and other health professionals to combat loneliness and inactivity in older people. A National U3A Day is being celebrated this year on Wednesday 3rd June to highlight the benefits of our organisation and to encourage more people to join us across the country. Our Committee are considering how we may mark this event. Any suggestions from our members are very welcome. Please let us know if you have some good ideas.

Please remember, you must be a paid up member of Uckfield U3A to attend any of our group activities or meetings. This is important, not least for Insurance cover.
Although many new members have joined us, quite a lot of existing members haven’t renewed this year. This could be for a range of reasons but maybe some have just forgotten. Our Membership Secretary, Christine, is available at each Monthly Meeting if you need to check with her or renew your membership.
Group Leaders should check with their members that all have their membership number for the 2019/2020 Academic Year and that they have seen this newsletter. Thank you.

Best wishes to you all through the Winter and into the Spring.

Debbie Barnes (Chair)