Wakefield and District U3A

July / August 2018 Charity No 1002486
Shirley Dufton 01484534297
Hilary Fowler 01924258234
Web site     http://www.wakefieldu3a.org.uk  
Urgent Appeal For New Hon Secretary

Our current secretary must step down at the AGM in November. Is there anyone who is willing to take on this role? Hilary is happy to stay on the committee to support the new secretary, but we urgently need to find a volunteer for this important function. The job principally involves taking minutes at the once-monthly committee meetings and dealing with any paperwork arising from meetings. Hilary is happy to talk to anyone who might be interested, or you can contact another member of the committee and if possible attend some committee meetings before the AGM. In addition to the secretary, the chairman must also step down at the AGM. A reminder that we need more volunteers to join the committee. If we cannot appoint a new chairman and secretary, our U3A might have to close down.

Tennants Sale Room Visit

This year is Wakefield U3A 35th anniversary. We have planned to spend a day out visiting Tennants sale room in Leyburn on Monday October 8th. We arrive for coffee at 11am, have, a two course lunch and tea and scones at 3:30pm. Between all this food , we have a talk from Mr Rodney Tennant himself, a quiz, a behind the scenes tour and a talk about upcoming sales and exhibitions. We will also be able to have a free valuation on an item we take with us (there will be a limit of the number of items, because of time). We will have to know what the item is two weeks before, so the appropriate expert is there to value it. The cost for all this is £28. Tickets are selling fast. Ring Shirley Dufton on 01484 534297 or Shirley Wigglesworth on 01924 378809.


I will be coming off the Committee at the next AGM in November, having served my term according to our Constitution, which leaves an opportunity for someone else to take on the role of Group Coordinator.
Interesting job – contact with all Group Leaders and visit their groups when possible; attendance at Committee Meetings, 2 hours once a month (not Aug or Dec); assist with annual production of prospectus; confirm accommodation bookings; and a few other admin jobs. Keep the wheels turning between Groups and Committee. Some computer skills necessary. Come and visit a Committee meeting – next one is 10am, Friday, 14 Sept at Agbrigg Community Centre, unfortunately, I shall be on holiday but the rest of the Committee will make you very welcome, just let me know. If you would like to discuss please phone me on 01924 277924 or e.machell@talktalk.net
Elaine Machell

Dates for your Diary
Coffee Morning

July 20th The Golden Age of Music Hall and Variety.
John Wallis
September 21st Prison to Palace.
Veronica Bird O.B.E. Veronica has been a prison officer, Prison Governor and worked with Royalty

NEW. Luncheon Group

Starting September/October 2018 at Gaskells Restaurant, Margaret Street, Wakefield Monthly Wednesday 12.15 for 12.30 We meet during the Catering College term and have a three course lunch plus tea/coffee in a relaxed atmosphere. Ring Linda 01924 257723 or Jackie 01924 893790

History Group Trip To Eyam – 5 July cost £9.50
leaving from wyco at 9.30.

Eyam is the famous “plague village” in Derbyshire, whose inhabitants cut themselves off from their neighbours when a case of the plague was found in one of the inhabitants. As a result, though Eyam’s mortality was dreadful, surrounding areas were mostly spared. One of the members from Barnsley came to speak to the history group a couple of months ago about this well-known seventeenth century example of altruism.
Hilary Fowler (01924 258234)