Great Glen U3A 2020

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.

Chair’s Chat - February 2020

Hello everyone

I hope that I do not tempt providence by suggesting that Spring may be arriving a tad early this year.  Our lawn is no longer waterlogged, though it has (once again!) been judged still too wet and damaged for its annual aeration and scarification. But it is cheering to see this year’s snowdrops and crocuses showing their fresh colours.

The Shared Learning Project has slightly changed its focus and is now contrasting Great Glen just before World War 2 and the present day, with a focus on local occupations.  We are also looking at interactions between types of occupations (and methods of working) and factors such as changes in land use, transport, technology, population size, leisure, aspirations ...  So far we have completed an analysis of the Population Register for 1939 and we are well into a survey of local employers.  We are drawing on some published local research.  Members’ contributions are starting to come in, and we need plenty more.  Please contact Toni Smith (Email: or tel: 0116 259 3886) if you have (or know someone who might provide) photographs, pictures, artefacts or information that might help to illustrate our ‘Then and Now’ theme or you are interested in taking part.  Wherever you live, you can help with research or with items typifying immediately pre-war.  

 Our AGM is fast approaching (12 May). Before then we need to have a full Trustee Committee willing to stand for 2020/2021.  I have just received the sad news that Stella Orbell will be standing down after many years of committed service as Chair and Business Secretary. At the very least we are looking for one other Trustee, ideally (but not necessarily) able to undertake the role of Business Secretary to take brief notes of our meetings, produce the minutes on a computer and deal with correspondence.  Please contact me if you may be interested.

Your Committee has been taking seriously advice from the Third Age Trust about governance.  Accordingly, we have now adopted a formal Accessibility and Welfare policy, which will shortly be displayed on our website ( ), and I am pleased to announce that we have just appointed Lynn Francis as our Disability and Welfare Officer.  Lynn (Email:  or tel: 0116 259 2685) is now the first point of contact for any member or prospective member who has a concern about these matters.  We have also adopted a Members Code of Conduct, as recommended.  This is also to be found on the website, together with the procedure to be followed in those very rare instances of a breach of the code.

Robert Mansfield  chairman/at/   270 8284

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