So to our November meeting on the 26th. Our planned guest speaker, Geoff Beer, has just let us know that he cannot make our meeting for medical reasons. Our speaker co-ordinator, Paddy, has come up trumps and found a replacement at the last minute. We now have Debbie Lewington talking on the “The History and Origins of Flamenco”. Apologies if you had hoped to find out whether GCHQ had you on their watched and wanted list, but we have the prospect of a very interesting alternative.
As your Chairman I have represented our U3A at a Kent meeting recently. In Kent alone there are 32 U3A groups running. Canterbury has the largest membership with 1470 members, and Tonbridge (1247), Sevenoaks (1044) and Tunbridge Wells (1100) are not far behind with over 1000 members each! Our current membership stands at just over 200 members with another 50 (who were members up to June 2019) not renewing yet. At our last committee meeting we decided that these members have until December to renew or they will have their membership withdrawn. So, if you are one of the forgetful ones above, renew your membership now. For the 200+ members who have renewed their membership for 2019/2020 a big “thank you!”.
Across the country there are some 430,000 people members of 1040 U3A groups. Out of this total there are some 200 groups in the South East.
NEXT year – June 3rd 2020 has been designated “U3A Day” when it will be a day to celebrate the organisation. We are open to ideas as to how we can celebrate the day to put Edenbridge U3A on the map. So if you have any ideas please share them with us on committee.