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From the Chairman

As we did not have a Newsletter in September, I would like to start by thanking all of the helpers, for both transport and enrolment, who turned out to assist with the two Summer Schools. National Office is always very grateful for our help and always comment on our reliability in doing these tasks. At the September Summer School there was a course on Creative Writing for the Radio at which we provided the technical support. The small team of Radio Reporters also attended both Summer Schools and interviewed most of the tutors. The courses are very diverse and the tutors well informed and passionate about their subjects. National Office have asked us to provide them with our interviews which they will be putting on the National website but in the meantime please listen in to our own broadcast which you can find by going to the Cirencester U3A webpage and scrolling to the bottom of the Home Page.

In September we re-launched the Internet Café with some new features including Afternoon Tea on the first Monday of the month, a visit from a local representative to advise on relevant Community matters on the third Monday and on the fourth Monday there is a fun quiz. It was gratifying to find new people coming along and we were overwhelmed with the response to the visit by the Community Police. They had some very useful advice on keeping property safe, particularly if you use a ‘contactless card’. They also had small bells available free of charge which you can attach to your purse. They are a deterrent to would-be purse-snatchers. Quite a number of us took them and the following day when I was at another group meeting there was a very distinctive ‘Christmassy’ sound as we were delving into our bags! If you didn’t attend the meeting you can go along to the Police Station in Cirencester where they have a supply of useful equipment. They also re-iterated that if you contact them they will come to your home and do a free crime awareness check, which takes about an hour. It was also a feature of the re-launch that we give all profits to a local good cause. We had more than £40 in profit which will be given to Phoenix Gardeners. We had a nice turn-out for the Quiz but can certainly accommodate a few more. Please note the date – Monday 22nd October.

On September 23rd Rachel Ward and myself attended the half-yearly meeting of the Cotswold Link in Northleach. Some interesting points were made which the Committee will be considering in the next few months. Richard Green is heading up our transfer to Beacon which will be the new system for administration of our U3A. We hope that it will be up and running by January and that one of the features will be the facility to renew your membership. Hopefully that will make it easier for everyone and we will be able to get renewals in rather speedier in future.

Finally tickets are still available for two National events in October and November. On October 23rd there is an event at the British Library called ‘1000 years of illumination’ when U3A members will have the opportunity to see their collection of illuminated manuscripts and on 14th of November there is an event at the National Gallery when they will be exploring landscape painting from 1250 to 1900. Details and booking can be done by going to the much improved and easier to handle National U3A website.

Liz Dancer

We are delighted to welcome a further 26 new members this month

Forthcoming meetings-

October 17th - ‘Not to be used as a handbag’ - Sheila Lloyd-Graham.

November 21st - The History of Policing - Dr Tim Brain.

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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