Wakefield and District U3A

September 2017 Charity No 1002486
Chairman
Shirley Dufton 01484534297
Secretary
Hilary Fowler 01924258234
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Thursday 16 November 2017 – 2.15 for 2.45

Venue: West Yorkshire Sports and Social Club off Walton Lane
WWe are very pleased that Mary Creagh, MP has agreed to speak after the meeting.

We need more volunteers to serve on the committee. This is not an onerous job and if you feel you could join us, do please speak to a member of the committee.
You are very welcome to drop in to our next committee meeting on 13 October to see what we do.
 If you would like to nominate anyone for a position on the committee please complete a nomination form (below).
 Your group leader will have contact details to send it to a member of the committee or pass it on this morning.
 If either you wish to join us yourself or to nominate someone, please return the nomination form to a member of the committee by 16 October.

COFFEE MORNING

The Coffee Mornings are held at our usual venue the West Yorkshire Sports Club, off Walton Lane, Sandal Coffee Served from 10:00am speaker at 10:30.

At our Coffee Morning on the 21st July our speaker was Peter Gospel. Peter is a retired police officer with a life time of experience and interest in famous murder trials. He spoke to us about the trial of Ruth Ellis who was the last woman to be hanged in England. Not only did Peter have encyclopedic knowledge of the case, but he was able to engage us with the moral outcome of the decision. We were challenged by how the accepted sociology of the time affected the judgment...many of us felt that today's society may have made a different decision. Hopefully Peter will speak to us in the future about famous criminal trials and allow us to challenge ourselves as retrospective judges/juries.

Friday September 15th Doug Stewart with 'Flowers of verge and highway'

Friday October 20th Games and Chat

For a trial period we are going to sell donated DVDs as well as second hand books at coffee mornings. Besides being a service for our members these sales offset some of the cost of hiring the room for the coffee mornings. Your donations will be gratefully received.

INSURANCE

We have been notified by the U3A national office that, because of changes in insurance and risk, grandchildren cannot be accommodated as a matter of course at U3A activities.

Cheese and Wine Evening.

Saturday November 25th. 7-10p.m.at The Cluntergate Centre (formerly known as the Horbury Community Centre) Cluntergate, Horbury.
Entertainment will be by our own Wind Band and Recorder Group. This event is FREE offered by the Wakefield U3A Committee to Group Leaders and all our members.
Entry is by ticket only so make sure you get yours by 'phoning Shirley Wigglesworth on 01924 378809 or Shirley Dufton on 01484 534297.

There is a mistake in the prospectus
"The Reformation" starts on 26 October 2017 and
"Well its about Time" should read Thursday, 10.30 -12.30pm, commencing 11 Jan 2018

2018 Diaries

U3A diaries are now on sale. They are the same format as before, the cover is china blue and the cost including p&p is £2.50. Money with order please. Contact Pauline Turney 01924 255746

Date for your diary.

HISTORY: THE STUARTS – just started on 14 Sept, 2 – 4pm, venue Methodist Church, Barnsley Road, Sandal, then alternate Thursdays, turn up or phone Hilary 01924 258234


MECHANICS OF MILITARY HISTORY (10 weeks) – 25 Sept, 2-4pm, Wrenthorpe Methodist Church Hall. Illustrated talks on Saddam’s supergun, the first Gulf war, logistics of military conflict and much more. Email Keith kandm95@gmail.com


MYTHS AND THEIR MEANING – 28 Sept, 2 -3.30pm for 10 weeks, What do Myths tell us about ourselves and the world? Member’s home Sandal, phone Alan 01226 282863.


THE REFORMATION – starting 26 Oct for 8 weeks. This year marks the five hundredth anniversary. What happened, why did it happen, who was involved, how did it affect the Christian faith? Baptist Church, Barnsley Road at 10.30-12.30, phone David 01924 249686


WELL, IT’S ABOUT TIME – starting 11 Jan 2018 for 8 weeks, Thursdays 10.30 – 12.30. What is time, how is it measured, how do humans and animals experience it Baptist Church, Barnsley Road, phone David 01924 249686

Gardening Group

The first meeting of the new season was on Monday 18 September, when we discussed fungi in the garden. The next meeting is on 16 September and we hope to talk about containers for autumn/winter. A room in Sandal library has been booked for 2-4 on 13 November. Please ring Hilary Fowler on 01924 258234 or email fowler_hilary@hotmail.com for more information

Nomination Form for members of the U3A Executive

A member’s permission MUST be obtained before making a nomination
For the positions of Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and Trustees
I nominate: ..........................................................................
Proposed by ……………………………………….                        Seconded by ………………………………………..........


For the election of Trustees on the Executive Committee:
I nominate: 1……………………………………………………              2……………………………………………
Proposed by ………………………………………..........             Seconded by ………………………………………...........



Please return this form to a member of the Executive committee before the AGM.