Great Glen U3A 2019

Great Glen U3A

A monthly update on the events of Great Glen Branch is published in the monthly Newsletter. A copy is available to all members through email and the monthly meeting and from Great Glen library. See link below to view a copy.

Chairman’s Chat - November 2019

Hello everyone

The fireworks seem to be happening over an ever longer period this year, as those of different traditions enjoy their celebrations.  Mercifully we now have a dog who is pretty much unfazed by most of it, and actually enjoys being taken for a walk while the skies flash and crash above her.

We had an excellent response rate to our recent survey.  Many thanks to those who took a few minutes to complete this and to those who helped to bring this about.  Your Committee now has some evidence to chew on.  As someone put it ‘You can’t please everyone all the time’, but we shall try to take action where possible.  Not much we can do though about the condition of the Village Hall (before its redevelopment) and the parking!  More on this after we have seen what can be done. In the meantime we should like to see more of you at monthly meetings anyway!

There has been a pretty modest response to the appeal for fresh talent to do a short spot (five minutes-ish) in the Christmas Entertainment on 10 December.  It’s not too late to contact me on this.  Remember U3A is a Self-Help organisation!  As usual admission to this event will be by ticket only, on sale at the November monthly meeting or by telephoning Stella Orbell (259 2095).   Tickets are restricted to members and carers only. We are going to repeat the Christmas buffet.  The ticket price is £2, all proceeds to the Alzheimer’s Society.  There will also be a raffle, for which offers of prizes will be gratefully received.


You will be interested to know that there will be a National U3A Day next year on 03 June.  We intend to build on this by holding at least part of our Open Day on that day.  We have also decided, as have many other U3As, to engage in a Joint Learning Project.  There is considerable freedom about what this might entail, but the focus is going to be on localities and their history and development.  I am delighted that Toni Smith has agreed to work up, in consultation with leaders of the Groups that might most readily be involved, a brief specific to Great Glen and thereafter to lead efforts to produce an output to be part of our next Open Day.  Group Leaders interested in taking part are welcome to contact Toni.  Projects across Leicestershire and Rutland and related media contacts will be coordinated by our Network Coordinator, Cynthia Baker.

The projected visit to the Houses of Parliament is on hold until after impending General Election, but I am optimistic that it will happen in 2020.

Robert Mansfield  chairman/at/   270 8284

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