Newsletter from your Chairman July 2021


Hi everyone,
I hope you are all well and bearing up during our current heatwave – as I write I am aware that it will all change on Friday with thunderstorms and heavy rain forecast for the weekend! Well, here we are, Boris announced that Monday 19th July was ‘Freedom Day’. My reaction – it may be for some people but I’m afraid I still feel very wary about life. Personally, I won’t be ditching the mask and will continue to avoid situations where people are milling together with no consideration about social distancing. Coronavirus has and is the most insidious of infections and it appears that it is not going away. Thank goodness we have had the vaccinations which at least give us protection against the most serious aspects of the illness.
In my last newsletter I mentioned that we had been successful in gaining back an afternoon slot in Crockham Hill village hall. Next week on Tuesday we will be returning to the hall for the first time in 18 months. As you know we will be having our Annual General meeting which will provide you with the opportunity to catch up with friends you haven’t seen for a while alongside a cup of tea or coffee.

We have planned the afternoon very carefully bearing in mind that for some of you this will be the first meeting you have been to in 2021. So let me set out our arrangements:

  • Edenbridge u3a Annual General Meeting at Crockham Hill Hall, 27th July.
  • The hall will be open from 1.45 and we aim to start the AGM close to 2pm.
  • Please sign in at the door – you may wish to renew your membership which you can do with Estelle at the door. If you can download the membership form from our website ( , please fill it in and bring it with you to the meeting with your membership fee.
  • Your committee will all be wearing face masks and we would encourage you to do the same.
  • There will be hand sanitiser as you enter the hall and at the kitchen counter when you collect your refreshments.
  • Seating will be more informal than on previous meetings in the hall with some social distancing.
  • There will be limited paper copies of the AGM documents, but these will be projected onto the large screen. You are very welcome to bring your own set of papers (sent to members by email).
  • There will be sheets for you to sign up, if you are interested in joining a group, on tables at the sides of the hall.

There will be no full meeting in August but some groups may continue their activities during this month. Our next full meeting will be on WEDNESDAY 29th September at Crockham Hill – usual start time 2pm. We will have a guest speaker and you will be informed of future speakers in the run up to Christmas soon. I have to say this with a word of caution as, of course, coronavirus may play a part in its various forms to alter our programme.” The best laid plans of mice and men” springs to mind!


Time for a picture – North Cornwall coast near Camborne. Staycation has been an opportunity to remind ourselves just how beautiful our country really is!
So, one last point to mention around membership – our fees for 2021/2022 remain the same as before. £20 per year for single membership and £35 for a couple. You can pay by cheque, bank transfer or cash. Of course, this includes free refreshments at meetings!

I am really looking forward to us all getting together again albeit under different ways, and I know the committee are all looking forward to seeing you all as well. Take care, stay safe and see you soon!

Best wishes

Mike Collins

Email [email protected]


PS ... one more look at beautiful Britain

Padstow in Cornwall on a sunny day in June

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