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Open Meeting December 5th 2018
Hilary Holt, Secretary
Sheila Davenport  Bedford U3A Chair
News in Brief - Notices in full below.

We now have a date for CATS . See below.

A new website is being launched for Bedford U3A. We’re hoping that it will go live in the New Year. More information will be given at Open Meetings.

Carol Service at Priory Methodist Church on December 11. (change of date)

For Secretaries announcements and Group Coordinator update , scroll down page.
 At Ath 187 last month (Nov ) and at Addison 160 .951 paid up members

Walking Groups programme is online, look under Groups.

Likewise Cinema and Wildlife groups, Villages  and Nordic walking.

Photos are available in the photo gallery (see Home page) of recent trips, some Group outings.

Last few photos are of the , Guildhall, Day with Dominic, Mansion House
Scarborough. Birmingham and Winterbourne {link above) and Holiday in Spain, Chiswick
​visit to Chiswick House and London Wetlands, Chatham, Sheringham, Ipswich. Kent holiday. Oxford, Cambridge and Welwyn/Hitchin, Isle of Wight ,, Lincoln, Jewish East End, Savill, Hampton Court, Leicester, Tower Bridge,Bloomsbury

Wednesday 5th December 2018

General Notices 

Congratulations to Paul Marshall, from Painting and Sketching Group 2, whose design has been chosen for the U3A Christmas card this year.

Copies of The Poetry Collection are still available Vol 1 reprint is £3 and £4 for the new volume. The perfect stocking filler! - See Val Muggeridge today.

The U3A Carol Service will take place on 11th December at the Priory Methodist Church at 2pm.

Potential First Aiders – There still time to sign up for the free course which will be run by the Red Cross. The confirmed date is the afternoon of 22nd January from 1pm until 4pm. A number of people have already come forward, but places are still available - please contact Sheila or me to reserve your place.

We have received an email from the Chair of Governors at Priory Primary School, looking for volunteers to serve on the governing body. And another from School Readers who you may remember visit us a couple of years ago and are keen to recruit more volunteers - Details of both can be found on the noticeboard or ask me for more information.

Speakers Coming Soon – 
At the Addison on December 18th you will be entertained by Eugene Matthias, a comedian and magician
January 2nd 2019, Graham Mabbutt will talk about the John Bunyan Community Passenger Boat and the quest to build the Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway. 
Contact the Speakers’ Secretary, Mark Haines for more information.

 And thinking of next year, the 2019 U3A Diaries now available from the Treasurer - £2.50 each.  

Secretary Position from October 2019 Now many of you already know that I will be standing down from the role of Secretary at the AGM next year. The Secretary role is very interesting and varied and covers many aspects of U3A activity. We think it would be helpful for any new Secretary to gradually learn about the role over the coming months rather than being thrown in at the deep end come the middle of October. If it’s a role you think you might be interested in - then please come and talk to me to learn more about it.

News from National Office 
Nothing new from National Office

Travel Notices

If you have booked for Dolly Parton, then please pay for the coach £12 and if you’ve booked the optional lunch then also please pay £18.
Booking is open for the Merry Widow at the Coliseum, matinee 3pm on Saturday April 13th. Great seats at the front of the Upper Circle £42 (usual price is £60) plus coach which will be collected later. Booking for this will close on 18th December, so don’t delay in booking with Teresa.
Sometimes the Travel Team can get tickets at relatively short notice for shows so if you are interested in theatre then register your email address with the Travel team to get news of up-coming trips (no obligation)

FOR ALL those going to '9 to 5 See below

DO YOU Fancy Lunch at the 
at The Strand Place Hotel?

** with complimentary Glass of wine for all groups members reserved by 4th Jan**
LUNCH £18 
If you do, let Teresa know.

Next year Kilworth Theatre are doing Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat again 
Jacky did not have enough takers to book this but date is now held for CATS on Saturday August 3rd Seats £38 Book February Ath - 

Hilary Holt
Bedford U3A Secretary

Group Announcements Athletic Meeting 5th December 2018

Beds Villages and Churches: Bookings now being taken for the Annual Lunch to be held on the 23rd January 2019. Payment for the lunch should be made by the 18th December (Addison meeting) at the latest.

Book Group (NEW?): Both book groups are presently full. If anyone is interested in starting a third book group then please let me know. We have already a possible group leader.

Cinema Group: The group would appreciate the donation, or loan, of unwanted film DVDs. Any film rating classification will do although ‘18’ rated films might not be advised for those of a delicate nature. If anyone can help, please contact either myself or Maria Guest.

Circle Dancing: Next meeting will be on the 12th December, Athletic Rugby Club, 2pm. After that, the next meeting will be on the second Wednesday in the New Year. Details from David Maxwell.

Ukulele 1 Group: Have moved to Clapham Methodist Church, High Street Clapham, as from 6th November. They will then meet every Tuesday 2pm or as advertised on the web.

Ukulele 2 Group: NEW! Starting 7th November, they will meet every Wednesday, 2pm or as advertised on the web. Contact Steve Clark (07739 707604) for more information.

Walking Netball: We have been approached by the Netball Development Officer for Bedfordshire with regard to setting up a U3A walking netball group. There are already a number of U3A walking netball groups throughout the UK. A ‘taster’ session will be held at the Bedford Athletics Stadium in their indoor court. If anyone is interested, or would like more information, then please see me. I shall be advertising this until at least the end of the year (2018).

Rod Fewings
Group Co-ordinator

​Always welcome, photos of our Travel outings or Group activity photos send to 

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Rod Fewings Groups Coordinator

Two minds as one! Yvonne and Hilary roll out  the Christmas fun at 'Ath.
Join in at  Addison on 18th December in your Christmas finery.