Wales Trustee

Chris Winner01244 550381

December 2018 Trustee Talk

My first few months as Trustee for Wales have been a very busy, interesting and steep learning curve! One of the highlights was my visit to St James Palace, where I attended the launch of the iDEA Silver award. I heard HRH the Duke of York outline his vision for the future of the award. You can read more about it on the National website.
Hopefully I am now settled in and ready to produce my first update.

First thing I must do, is to extend many congratulations to the winners of the short story competition 2018.

Jaci Gruffydd of Swansea U3A the winner of the Welsh learner category, with her story - 'Ffonio Adref', Jaci received her prize from our Welsh language Advisor, Gareth Williams.

Wendy Williams from Caerphilly U3A the winner in the English category with her story - 'Foxglove' I was very happy to be able to present Wendy prize in Caerphilly.

You can read both stories here on the News page. There are only two winners this year, there were no entries in the Welsh and a first language.

Trust Volunteers:
Are there to help and support U3As. They help a U3As that need advice. They help new U3As through the ‘Start Up’ process. They assist at Network and Regional events.
Although we have a number of Trust Volunteers in Wales we really need more. TVs are fully trained before undertaking the role.
If anyone is interested in becoming a TV please let me know.

Possible Workshops:
In 2019 I would like to be able to offer our Welsh U3As some workshops. I know we have already addressed Keeping it Legal.

The workshops below are currently offered by the Trust and a number of them would be useful for committees with new members and new officers. You will be contacted by your Network to find out which workshops you may find useful. I need responses from our U3As, so I can to prioritise needs.
• Running your U3A – which explores governance issues, Trusteeship and organising an AGM
• Managing Growth – exploring issues around the effective growth of a U3A
• Financial Matters – budgeting, accounting and managing U3A monies
• Interest Groups Matter – how to run effective interest groups and inspire new groups
• Communications – how to communicate effectively with your membership and how to raise the profile of your U3A
• Volunteers and Volunteering – exploring issues around recruiting, valuing and managing volunteers
The workshops above are designed to be delivered over a day from 10.30am - 15.30pm. Adaptations to this can be discussed. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

There is also the possibility of subject based workshops and other workshops that may be of general interest. If there is anything else that might be of general interest that I may be able to organize I will try to accommodate it.
The workshops would be run as Network based activities. So please let your Network know if there is anything that you think would be useful. When I receive your responses I will be able to sort out dates and venues.
Events in Wales:
Full details of all events are available on the Wales website.

Wednesday December 5th
Study Day Religion Workshop at Lampeter University
Organised in collaboration with Newcastle Emlyn U3A for the benefit of U3A members.
For details please refer to the Lampeter Workshops 2018 schedule

Monday December 31st West Wales Network Lampeter University Workshops 2018
Newcastle Emlyn U3A organised a Philosophy Workshop at the University which prompted the University of Lampeter to organise their own workshops by their different Departments for this coming year, Covering Ancient History, Anthropology Archaeology, Politics & Culture, & Philosophy.
The workshops are open to everyone, but all U3A members are invited. Lampeter University is doing all the organisation and responsibility.


Friday January 11th South Wales Network, Network Meeting and AGM
At the Sully Old School 9.30 for a 10.00 am start.

Friday January 25th
Quiz. South Wales Network Bridgend U3A invite every U3A in our network to a quiz at the Brackla Community Centre, Bridgend at 2.30 for 3.00 pm. You can put in as many teams as you want up to a maximum of 6 per team at a cost of £3.00 pp. Please contact to confirm if you wish to attend.

Wednesday April 3rd
Recorder Workshop in Llanrwst
Organised by Gill Meyer of Dyffryn Conwy U3A (Conwy Valley)
For full information and booking form please download the April 2019 Recorder Workshop leaflet

Wednesday May 1st
South Wales Network Llandrindod Wells Keynote Speaker Day
From 11.00 am to 4.00 pm at The Pavilion, Llandrindod Wells
Speakers: Iolo Williams and Steve Hughson (CEO Royal Welsh)
Performances: Willow Globe Theatre and a Ukelele Band
Coffee and Lunch included.
Contact Llandrindod Wells U3A for more information.

If any of our U3As have any events they would like to publicize please send them to our Wales website and to me.

My very best wishes for the festive season to you all.

Chris Winner,
Trustee for Wales.
December 2018


I would like to introduce myself, I am your new Trustee for Wales on the NEC, I am a member of Flintshire U3A.
I have taken over the role from Hilary Jones, who is now Vice Chairman of the U3A on the NEC. On behalf of the U3As in Wales I would like to thank Hilary for the huge support she has given us over the last three years. I am fully aware that Hilary will be a very hard act to follow but I will do my best, as she did to, ensure our U3A members in Wales are kept up to date with everything coming from the NEC and more importantly keep the NEC aware of all the wonderful things that happen in our U3As in Wales,(as well of course any concerns that may arise).

Over the next three years I look forward to visting all of our networks in Wales and many of our U3As.

Chris Winner,
September 2018


Maybe I shouldn't say so but the Wales Conference on May 9th was a great success! Over 35 U3As represented and 90 delegates spent the day in the Metropole Hotel, LLandrindod Wells who looked after us very well. We heard about the Network Link, from 2 national Subject Advisers, about Shared Learning Projects (SLPS) and also about some inovative ways our U3As are Learning Together with outside communities and Universities. We heard about the progress of the Coastline and Borders Project and were all impressed by the exhibition of the work done so far. It was excellent. We welcomed our national chairman Pam Jones and also the S West regional trustee Jill Nicholls. But the day belonged to the members and all the ways they contribute to our great organisation. My sincere thanks to everyone who helped on the day. The discussion results will be posted on the website soon.

May 2018
I attended the Network Link meeting in London on May 1st, for representatives from all the networks in the UK. It was enlightening to meet up with our colleagues from a wide variety of areas and who all do things slightly differently. We heard from National Office staff about workshops available, who is who in N O and also about GDPR, something that worries many U3As. However we were reassured that whilst advice is available on the national website - there is little to be very concerned about as U3As hold minimum data on their members. There was time to hear from many of the delegates and gain new ideas. It was really disappointing that I was the only representative from Wales. I hope that will be different at the next meeting in October - as it was a valuable day.

April 2018

On friday 13th April I travelled down to S Wales to attend the S Wales Network meeting. It was good to meet the 20 people who attended representing 10 of the S Wales U3As. The Network is planning some useful workshops and training days and considering a social event. I do hope other U3As will join them, realising the benefits of belonging to the Network and help make it a success. I am very grateful to Dafydd Evans and LLoyd Evans for taking on the role of joint chairmen.

It was great to have all 4 Network chairmen attend at our Regional meeting on 10th April. Along with the S Wales Network secretaries and several Trust volunteers we had a good day of discussions, exchange of ideas and events. These meetings are invaluable both for me as Trustee but also for the Networks. We were able to discuss the Conference, the next Network Link meeting in London, the very successful ongoing Coastline project, the new Table Tennis Championship and this year's short story competitions. Also mentioned was U3APlus and the need to raise awareness about our members with impairments and disabilities and how to assist them. As I am standing down as Wales Trustee in August , to stand for election as the national Vice-chairman - we also talked about nominations for my successor.

March 2018
Apart from my bi-monthly trip to London for the 2 days of NEC meetings this month, I also attended the national EGM in Birmingham on March 21st. It was an historic day as we were voting to change our constitution and bring it up to date. My thanks to all the Welsh U3As who used their proxy votes and a special thanks to Newport U3A and Hay U3A whose representatives came to the meeting. It was vital that members attended in order for the meeting to be quorate and so be able to vote the resolutions through. It was also good to have a chat face to face! It is always a pleasure to hear how our members are getting on and the things that they are doing.

February 2018
It has been a quieter month for me, just as well with the amount of snow we have had up here in N Wales. I hope you are all keeping warm and safe.

I hope most of the Welsh U3As will send a representative to the EGM at Birmingham on 21st March. Please also sign up for the Wales Conference on the 9th May, it is entitled Learning Together. Lots of useful ideas for everyone.

I was delighted to hear from Cardiff U3A about a new Science group they have started together with Cardiff University. Local U3As are invited so if any of your members are interested - do look at the Science group page on the Cardiff U3A website. More information is there. Well done Cardiff.

The Third Age Trust put on its first national workshop called 'Keeping it Legal' in Leeds. It was great to see and talk to members from across the UK whilst learning more about current legislation to do with Data Protection, Safeguarding and Equality. There are at least 2 more workshops scheduled and I have asked if one in Bristol could be considered for our South Wales U3As. If possible do send a representative of your U3A along - some essential information is provided.

January 2018
A Happy New Year to you all. I hope 2018 will be a year where your U3A grows and flourishes, taking care of all its members.
A big Thank You to Flintshire U3A who put on a great display at the Ageing Well in Wales event in Wrexham on 16th January. I was delighted to join a number of FU3A members who happily spreading the word about U3A and its wonderful benefits to help us all age well. Over 100 people heard us explain about U3A, what is happening locally and also the brilliant Coastline and Borders Celebration which is being organised by Stuart Murray of FU3A. Do look at the Wales website and join the closed Facebook group giving all the details, contributions and ideas for this tremendous project. As Trustee I am delighted to hear how it is bringing U3As together, how our neighbouring regions are being invited to join in and how it is showcasing what our beautiful country means to us all.