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From the Chairman

This month my Chairman’s piece is somewhat brief – hurrah you may say! There are two reasons for this. The first is that I shall be on holiday shortly and have to submit this only 10 days after the last one! However the main reason is because we want to give priority to the article which is also on the front page – Beacon – (see below) submitted by Richard Green. I know that many people just give a quick read to what I say and then skip to trips and their own group reports. Please can I urge you to read what Richard has to say because it represents an important change in the way we shall administer our U3A in future and affects all of you – in a good way.

In November we had an excellent Speaker in Dr Tim Brain. Following this meeting I received many emails and personal words of appreciation about his talk. I also received several emails and comments, with which I concur, about the frustration/ embarrassment caused by people not switching off their Mobile Phones. The phone which went off at the last meeting was particularly loud. Please can we all take responsibility and ensure that phones are switched off. If there is a possibility that you may receive an urgent call, switch the phone to silent and ensure that you sit at the end of a row so that you can leave the meeting with minimum disruption.

In last month’s Newsletter there was an error in event information regarding the Internet Café. The Christmas Quiz will be on Monday 18th December at 2.00 pm. All welcome. We shall then be taking a break until 8th January 2018.

Finally please note that there will be no Newsletter in January but a News Sheet will be distributed by email and at the General Meeting. Please send announcements only to me by January 7th 2018 The Committee wishes all of the Members a very Happy Christmas and hope that you manage to get through all of those Christmas festivities which you have arranged without bugs and sniffles.

Liz Dancer


You may recall that at the AGM in 2017 and in subsequent Newsletters we have mentioned that we are looking to implement a new IT system which will assist us in our administration and internal communication. In the last 6 months we have investigated the feasibility of us using this system named Beacon. The committee, together with other interested parties was given a demonstration of the system and unanimously decided to proceed with it. The system is backed by National Office who levy a charge of 50p per member for its support.

We are pleased to report that the system has now been implemented in its basic form and we shall continue to develop it to add additional facilities. Amongst the facilities which it will provide will be the ability to renew your annual membership on-line. Members can also access calendars and up to date information about groups. We shall advise you of these facilities as they happen. Group Leaders and other interested parties who will be using the system will be invited to a demonstration and training session in the next few months.

At the AGM in May the membership gave approval to increase the annual membership fee, if necessary. Due to the increase in our membership and careful management of our expenditure we are pleased to say that we can defer this increase for the next year. When the time comes to renew it will remain at £10.

Richard Green

We are delighted to welcome a further 13 new members this month

Forthcoming meetings-

December 12th - Cirencester Parish Handbell Ringers - Rosemary Gray.

January 16th - Whales and Dolphins - Bernard Purrier.

See the Events Diaryfor a more detailed list of meetings

Meetings held in the Ashcroft Centre, at 2.30 pm on the third Tuesday of the month unless otherwise stated.

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