Our AGM will now be held on Thursday 20th August using Zoom
Members will receive an invitation by email to which they can respond. Those choosing to participate will then be sent joining instructions. All the necessary paperwork will be sent out electronically, with provision made for those without Internet. For those unfamiliar with Zoom full details will be available.
***WILL ALL MEMBERS PLEASE COMPLETE THE SURVEY ON WHETHER THEY WISH TO ATTEND THE ON-LINE AGM BY FOLLOWING THE LINK AT THE END OF THE LATEST NEWSLETTER VIRUS SPECIAL NEWSLETTER 8***
Please see our Coronavirus page for links to sources of advice and information on learning opportunities and ways of maintaining interest whilst at home. Also Advice for Group Leaders
The latest National U3A Mailing 2/6/20 gives the latest guidance and advice on coronavirus and contains a risk assessment process that should be undertaken by any U3A group considering restarting external exercise activities. Other Face-toFace U3A Activities should not be undertaken at present
See the latest Virus Special Newsletter 8 from our Chairman for latest Witney U3A news and yet more links to external websites to keep you amused and entertained and a further selection of humerous items - Learn, Laugh and Live
REMINDER: SUBSCRIPTIONS ARE DUE 1st APRIL. Until further notice please download and print a Membership Application Form and follow the instructions on the form . Remember to print both sides of the form. Membership is still only £20.00 p.a. where possible please pay online by B.A.C.S but it is essential that you include your name as a reference. When paying by B.A.C.S. please remember that we still require a completed and signed form for Data Protection compliance but this can be handed in at the next Speaker Meeting (whenever that may be!). If this is going to prove difficult then please contact the Chair or the Membership Secretary
***WITNEY U3A NEEDS A NEW SECRETARY***
I’m sorry to say my time as Secretary of Witney U3A ends at the AGM. I began in May 2016, and was happy to be re-elected in 2017 and 2018. And in May 2019 when no-one came forward to take my place, members agreed that our Constitution could be amended so that I could continue for a further year, but no longer.
What does the Secretary for Witney U3A do?
Being Secretary for Witney U3A means doing very ordinary things such as preparing the agenda for each committee meeting and writing the minutes. It also means keeping records, booking rooms, and making sure information from the Third Age Trust and Thames Valley Network reaches all committee members.
How much time does this take?
On average committee meetings last about 1 ½ hours, and are held on the Tuesday before the 1st Thursday of the month. Other business varies but may take 3 - 4 hours a month.
What’s the best part of being Secretary?
Being part of the Committee means being part of a team involved in making decisions and planning annual events such as Open Afternoon and Group Leaders meetings, reminding us that U3A is an amazing movement that gives the opportunity for people to learn new things, acquire new skills and make new friends.
Could YOU take my place? You must be a member of Witney U3A, but no special skills are required, although basic computer skills would be useful. I will arrange a handover with you, and for everything else the committee will be there to support you. If you are interested, you can attend a committee meeting as an observer to see what we do.
Interested ? Contact me or any member of the Committee through the website or at a Speaker meeting.
Welcome to the Witney U3A Website
We are a friendly, self help organisation for retired and semi-retired people living in the Witney area of Oxfordshire. Our aim is to provide continued learning , and the opportunity to make new friends, in a sociable environment through a wide range of interest groups run by our members, fortnightly meetings with visiting speakers and outings to places and events of interest.
We currently have over 60 Special interest groups covering areas such as:
• Literature: Book Discussion
• Music: Classical, Jazz
• Languages: French, German, Italian, Latin, Russian, Spanish
• Games: Canasta, Chess, Scrabble
• Recreation: Croquet, Dance, Gardening, Table Tennis, Tai Chi, Walking
• Arts:Needlework, Photography, Play Reading, Poetry
• History: Art, Local History, Family History, First World War
• and many others including: Archeology, Railways, Science and Technology, Wine Appreciation
We organise several outings a year to places such as Gardens, Stately Homes, Museums and Theatre Visits
We have two meetings a month open to all members where we have an outside speaker on a topic of general interest, as well as an update on Witney U3A activities. The talks, held in the Methodist Church Hall, High Street, Witney cover a wide range of subjects and are very well attended by our members.
Members have access to a wide range of resources from the U3A Thames Valley Network and the National U3A Website including Talks, Study Days, Outings, Concerts and material to support the work of our Groups
If you wish to join our organisation, or to attend up to two of our Speaker Meetings as a Guest for a payment of £2 per visit, please come to one of our Meetings on the first or third Thursday afternoon of the month at the Methodist Church Hall, 40 High Street, Witney, OX28 6HG. Meetings start at 2.00pm so please arrive prior to this time and visit the New Members table in the rear hall. The annual cost of membership is £20. You can download the Membership Application Form which you can bring to the hall with your subscription.