Category Archives: Committee Corner

Message from the Chair

After appealing over the past months for volunteers to help set up some new Interest Groups I am delighted that we have three new proposed groups. These are “An Easier Cycling Group”, An Acoustic Guitar Group” and a “Ginology Group”. Boards to sign up for these new groups will be available at the Monthly meeting or contact Siobhan.

Although your Executive Committee are not due for relection/election until April 2020 I would be very pleased to hear from anyone who may be interested in joining us on this Committee. As members were reminded before the last set of elections, without the work of the Committee, there would not be a Hucknall U3A.

The Committee meets formally once a month at the John Godber Centre on the first Wednesday of the month. If you are interested in joining us then please contact myself on or phone me on 0115 9559842.

Finally, the National U3A Conference and AGM will again be held in Nottingham at the end of August when we will be represented.

Barrie Saunders- Chairman

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Committee Corner

The Committee agreed to have photographs taken and for these to be placed on the Notice Board at the monthly meetings and on the website. This would help to identify all members and their roles.

The Creative Writing group has been discontinued because of a lack of numbers. On the positive side, the Choir is now doing very well.

It was agreed that the Irish Night had been very successful.

The accounts for March were approved.

Provision of equipment for the Craft groups and Seated Exercise group were discussed and approved.

The recent Film workshops had proved popular and further films would be shown at the end of the year.

Membership renewals are now complete.

Provision for the A.G.M. was discussed.

Barrie Saunders,

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Meeting held at the John Godber Centre on Wednesday, December 5th, 2018.

Arrangements were confirmed for the Showcase to be held on Wednesday, December 12th.

A budget planning meeting was planned for February 6th 2019

A second projector for use by Interest Groups is to be purchased.

A second computer was available from the Treasurer who does not now need to use it.

It was agreed to share the cost of a Sound System with the Social Sub-committee.

Proposed New Short courses on topics including Dementia and three films set around the work of Alan Sillitoe would be viewed and discussed in the New Year.

The Membership Secretary spoke about the use of Beacon and showed members the new membership cards.

The Business Secretary gave a presentation on the Beacon system.

Our Speaker’s Secretary gave notice of her intention to leave the post in 2020.

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Committee Meeting May 2018

The committee met on May 2nd 2018. Barrie welcomed the new committee members, Angela Cornish the Webmaster, Sandra Green the Minutes Secretary and Mark Jackson the Business Secretary. There were no apologies.

It was agreed that Andy Smart the speaker at the AGM was an excellent choice. The minutes of the AGM were agreed and 197 members attended the meeting. Speakers are currently booked for the remainder of the year.

Angela the new webmaster appreciated the support from Sue Spolton during the transition. She suggested that we update the Policies and Documents section of the website adding the Hucknall U3A constitution and the AGM minutes. Some Interest Groups website information would also benefit from updating.

The financial accounts for March, previously circulated, were discussed and Christine reports a slight increase in room hire charges at both JGC and the Leisure Centre. She is also in a dialogue with the bank around a form of online banking as many of our providers are moving away from cheques.

Philip, the Equipment manager confirmed that we keep a record of all our equipment and its whereabouts.

David is currently setting up some workshops and ‘one session’ interactive talks to complement the Interest Groups and the monthly speaker.

Siobhan supported Angela’s observations about some group information being dated and will comment on this at the Group Leaders meeting tomorrow Thursday 3rd at 12.30 when the guidance booklet will be made available to all group leaders.

Marguerite reported that membership stands at 453 with 11 on the waiting list. 16 new members joined last month and Alan Snape has been busy with support and guidance for them. The database of members is planned to be password access only.

Mark has been researching Data Protection and the Beacon System adopted by several U3A’s. More information on this will be available at a later date after some committee members have been shown some elements of Beacon as used by Carlton and Gedling U3A. Mark, Siobhan and Marguerite took part in a ‘Keeping it Legal’ training event in Birmingham on the 1st May.

Discussions about possible changes to the format of the monthly were initiated and will continue in subsequent months.

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Chairman's Message January 2018

A Happy and Healthy New Year and 2018 to all our members and their families.
We certainly finished 2017 with a flourish starting with the ever popular lunch and social on the 4th December followed by the Showcase event on the 13th. The inaugural Showcase last year was a great success attended by about 150 members. This year building on that success 220 members attended to be royally entertained by colleagues across a range of Interest Groups. This event has become a permanent fixture on our calendar.
Our thanks are extended to all who took part and to Siobhan for coordinating the programme. It was the annual Christmas Tree display in St Mary’s church from Wednesday 6th to Saturday 9th when for the 2nd consecutive year Hucknall and District U3A were announced the winners of the Senior section competition with Hillside Primary school retaining the Junior title.
Many members visited to see the really innovative and creative trees on display and this year we were up against some stiff competition.
Our tree was made by the Reading Group from recycled books and I have been told in confidence that they got through a almost a whole library full in the search for perfection!

Siobhan ,Cath Richardson, Kate Jackson and Sandra Green with the triumphant tree. Not in the photo are Angela Underwood, Margaret White and Alan Lee who were also involved in designing and making the tree.

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