Steve Lawer of East Suffolk U3A is running an online chess league for U3A members. Matches are played between members of a division, which consists of five players. For more information contact Steve at email@example.com.
The Singing for Pleasure group are bringing their brand of Christmas cheer to the residents of Broome Park Nursing Home in Betchworth on Monday 21 December. The performance will be followed by a social get-together at the group’s regular rehearsal hall near by.
Any U3A can nominate a member, or members, for the Roll of Honour, the purpose of which is to recognise outstanding service to the wider U3A movement. There’s more information on the U3A national website.
Patricia Blackwell, of the Volunteer Centre Dorking, has contacted us to ask whether more of our members would like to consider volunteering to help local community organisations. She says: ‘We act very much as a signpost organisation, helping match individuals to rewarding volunteering opportunities, and we have established good relationships with a range of local charities and not-for-profit organisations that need help.
‘Volunteering opportunities are as diverse as the people that volunteer and can often be flexible, with hours and days to suit the volunteer, allowing them to use existing skills and develop new ones.
Did you read the article in the Daily Mail about women who thought it was traumatic retiring from work? They missed the camaraderie, the sense of purpose and the feeling of belonging. Surely none of our members can feel like that since joining the U3A!
But if you DO want camaraderie, a sense of purpose and a feeling of belonging, why not join the committee? Our U3A is now two members down following the resignation of vice-chairman Keith Dakin-White due to work commitments and the appointment of Pam Toler as welfare officer. If you fancy a change and a challenge, then this could be for you.
Don’t worry about it being too much work – you can put in as little as a few hours a week. And if you think you could offer support with the help of a friend, that would be good too. We are happy with job-shares and it spreads the load.
Please contact Phyllis Hughes at firstname.lastname@example.org or any other committee member to have a chat. No obligation – you can register an interest and find out more. Make your retirement a happy and fulfilled one.