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Membership Applications 2019 – 2020

Membership application forms for 2019-2020 were distributed early with the summer edition of Update, as there will not be another edition until after this year’s AGM.

A number of members have sent in completed renewal forms with their annual subscription before the suggested date of 1st August. As a result there have been enquiries about new membership cards and payments.

The Membership Secretary will deal with all renewals and issue cards in due course. The Treasurer will bank cheques after 1st August when our new financial year begins.

Any further questions should be addressed to the Membership Secretary – John Trueman (contact details on the Committee page).

Thank you

Visit to Knepp Castle Estate – Fri 20 Sept

This Natural History outing is not an official U3A outing but any U3A member would be most welcome.

Re-Wilding – Visit to Knepp Castle Estate – Friday September 20th 2019

You may have read about Re-Wilding – converting a large area of countryside into a self-regulating habitat dominated by large grazing animals. In other words, creating a habitat as close as possible to that in which our ancestors lived about 7000 years ago.

The leading light is in this work is Isabella Tree – the author of “Wilding” – which describes the hugely successful re-wilding project at Knepp Castle Estate in West Sussex.

If you wish to know more about the Knepp re-wilding project visit their website: https://knepp.co.uk/

At the request of the Saffron Walden U3A Natural History Group I have booked a visit to Knepp for Friday 20th September – depart SW 9.30 arrive back 19.30

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Next Open Meeting Mon 20th May

Martin Lloyd on ‘Passports, Assassins, Traitors and Spies’
Martin is the author of ‘Passports: The History of Man’s most Travelled Document’. Come and hear this fascinating talk at The Bowling Club, Abbey Lane. Doors open 2:15 pm

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JUSTGYM Active Ageing Hour

Please note that this is not a U3A activity but we thought that it might be of interest to our members

“As we get older our bodies start to slow down and muscles start to lose their strength and stability. At JustGym we are here to help you keep fit and healthy.
A dedicated member of staff will be on hand to help with any questions you may have, demonstrate equipment, offer tips on exercises and show you ways to get started on your fitness journey.”

Tuesday and Thursday from 2-3pm at JustGym, Shire hill, Saffron Walden, CB11 3AQ   01799 510 766 or info@just-gym.com
£6 per visit or £25 unlimited monthly membership.

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Notice of Annual General Meeting of the U3A – 2nd Sept 2019

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual General Meeting of Saffron Walden U3A will be held at Saffron Walden Baptist Church  on Monday 2nd September 2019 at 2.30 pm, or at any adjournment thereof.

Agenda:

  1. Chairman’s welcome
  2. Apologies for absence
  3. Minutes of the previous AGM 3rd Sept 2018 ( Unapproved copy available here)
  4. Chairman’s report for the year ended 31 July 2019
  5. Treasurer’s report for the year ended 31 July 2019 and Adoption of Accounts

(Draft Accounts will be posted here late August – only a very limited number of  hard copies available on day)

  1. Appointment of the Independent Examiner of Accounts
  2. Election of the Committee for 2019-2020
  • Under the terms of the Constitution, all the members of the Executive Committee, including those serving as Officers, will retire at the Annual General Meeting.
  • Non-officer members of the Executive Committee have a one-year term of office and may serve not more than three terms.
  • Officers other than the Treasurer have a one-year term of office and may serve not more than three terms in a particular Officer role.

Only current members are entitled to attend, vote and speak at the Meeting.

Pauline Palmer, Secretary

COMMITTEE

Written nominations by a proposer and seconder will need to be sent to the Secretary at least 28 days before the AGM (i.e. by 4th August 2019).  

Click here to see a list of responsibilities of the various committee members.

Download this form if you wish to join or to nominate someone to join the committee – at least 28 days before the AGM.

Minutes of AGMs and Accounts for previous years can be found on our Publications page.

Slow Folk – new group

Group Co-ordinator: Jenny Capon – 07812 128 767 – email jacapon@ntlworld.com

The group will meet at Jenny’s house in Saffron Walden and begin on Thursday April 18th, from 1.30 – 3.30pm and fortnightly thereafter.

Slow Folk is a group pitched at hesitant beginners. This is a gentle way into playing folk music with others, by ear or with dots. There is a list of about 150 folk instruments on Wiki, ranging from accordion to zhaleika. Some of these could present a challenge when playing folk music from the British Isles but, if we can achieve an harmonious result, bring on that dingulator and ravanahatha!

Experimentation will never be ruled out but the emphasis is definitely on supporting beginners to play comfortably in a group, using a collection of traditional tunes that satisfies all abilities and tastes.

The usual choice of British/Irish folk instruments comes from a much shorter list than Wiki’s, including fiddle, flute, tin whistle, concertina, guitar, mandolin, pipes and bodhrán. If you have any of these, or a similar acoustic instrument, and can play a few notes and/or chords, hold a simple beat and want to have fun exploring the tunes while playing with others, Slow Folk is for you!

For more information please contact Jenny Capon on 07812 128 767 or email jacapon@ntlworld.com

New Gym Fit – latest

Exciting news!

Our new Gym Fit class has started and we already have 2 classes on a Friday at JUST GYM, Westbrook House, Shirehill. Saffron Walden.  These sessions are currently full from members seeing the details on the website or responding from the information passed on by group coordinators, although spaces might well become available. But another session on a Wednesday morning might be possible in the future.

The class will be taken by Andrea, who is qualified in fitness for older people, and there will be opportunities in the future to use gym equipment if you’d like to. The class is in a large room with mats on the floor and any equipment needed for the class is provided. 

You do not have to be a member of the Gym to attend, this is a class dedicated to U3A members. Fees are £4 per session, pay as you go, direct to the gym.

I have visited the gym and spoken to Andrea, who showed me around, and I believe this is an exciting opportunity for U3A members to have excellent Keep Fit training. All the staff are very friendly and have extensive knowledge – and understanding of possible physical limitations – you are encouraged to have a free assessment before beginning the sessions.

If you are interested in joining this group, or would like more information, please contact :

Mary Curtis     maryfcurtis@live.co.uk    01799 524 784      07708 588 732

5 March 2019

Art 2 – spaces available

Spaces available in Art 2 – 2-4pm on Friday afternoons at the Baptist Church – cost depends on how many are in the group – you are welcome to come along for a free trial to see what it is like. If interested then contact Mary Lewndon – 01799 526 463 –  maryelewendon10@icloud.com  See also our Art webpage.

Writing for Pleasure – New 2nd group

Due to the success of this group we will start a 2nd group in the new year – Jan 2019. 

We will meet every fortnight on Mondays from 10am until 12noon at the co-ordinator/tutor’s house in Saffron Walden, starting on Monday 7th January 2019

If you would like to join this group then please contact Jean Pattenden – 01799 501 046 – jepattenden82@icloud.com

Can you speak Italian?

Our tutor/co-ordinator for the Italian group is retiring at the end of this term and we desperately need someone to take this on please if this group if to continue.  If you are able to help or know someone who might be able to help please contact Mary Curtis – 01799 524 784 -maryfcurtis@live.co.uk