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Just a minute November/December ‘16
…Just over 100 of our 420 Members made it to our November General Meeting! Andrew Neagus delivered an interesting and amusing talk, his final session about Winchester from the 1700s up to the present day. Sheila Morris told us how to play Mahjong in her group presentation, accompanied by an entertaining video and jazz music. Her groups seem to have great fun and she has decided to take on some new members – I think two people joined after her talk! We have been overwhelmed with the interesting presentations delivered by different groups this year – long may it continue!
Members from Theatre Visits Group set up the Hall and made the teas for this event. On behalf of the Committee I would like to thank all the members who have helped set up, clear away and make the teas over the last year.
Last month, I made a plea for a replacement for our hard working Treasurer, who will be standing down in May next year. I am delighted to report that we now have a firm offer from one of our Members, who is going to work alongside David Lees until his election to the Committee at the AGM.
Our Group Leaders’ Social event was voted a success. It is an opportunity for the Committee to thank our Group Leaders for all the support they give to Ems Valley U3A. Jackie Oiller, Anne Newnham and Barbara Davies worked hard to present a delicious selection of ‘nibbles,’ whilst Alan Borrow selected and served the wine. All the Committee, plus partners, set up and cleared away the Hall in the Community Centre with help from many Members – what a great team.
We do not have a General Meeting in December, but many of us will be attending the Christmas lunch in Chichester College on December 8th. The meal has been fully booked since October, so it’s obviously a popular idea.
Our next General Meeting is on 26 January 2017 when the speaker will be Graham Coates who will be telling us about his last visit to Africa on his mission to improve peoples’ eyesight in a talk entitled ‘New Vision.’ The next Newsletter (also on the website) will be available at this meeting – deadline for articles (to Jackie Oiller) wass 12 December. Thanks to all those of you who let me know your preferences to receive it on line or not – meanwhile it will be coming to you in a hard copy until further notice.
I wish you all a Happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year!
Hazel Willard (Chairman)


26 January
New vision - under the African skies
Graham Coates
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