U3A October Newsletter


Dear Members,

It is with mixed feelings that I flick through my newly arrived copy of BBC Gardener's World. I love looking at what could be possible in those perfect glossy photos but worry if I have the time and skills to achieve the desired end product! I also read with interest that October was the month for festivals including the Concurs de Castells in Spain, where people compete to form nine-story human pyramids. Could this be a new group for our members?

Of course new groups need new Group Leaders and even existing groups will eventually need new leaders . We would really like to hear from any members who would be interested in hearing more about how to be one. We know our members have an amazing variety of skills and experiences to share; if only we could persuade you to step forward! You don't have to do it alone - bring a friend or two! We can provide all the support you need until you or your team feel confident you can go it alone. Nicki Baker and Philip Nash would be very pleased to hear from you, contact details below, or speak to any member of the Committee at the Monthly Meetings.

A message from Margaret Green, Membership Secretary;

'Everyone who has paid so far has had their cards posted.  Any cheques sent to me after Tuesday 17th will not be dealt with until late September. If you havenít yet re-joined for this year, please do so as soon as possible, as our new computer system, Beacon, automatically removes names of members who have not re- enrolled at the end of October.  Lapsed members are not insured to attend groups or Cross Barn meetings'.

If you need any further help with your membership, please contact Margaret at members@odihamu3a.org.uk or phone 01256 704448.



Cross Barn Monthly Meeting

Wednesday 2nd October:Daniel Snowman - The Gilded Stage:A Social History of Opera.

Daniel Snowman was educated at Cambridge and Cornell and, after lecturing at the University of Sussex, worked for the BBC as Chief Producer, Features (Radio) and was responsible for a wide range of acclaimed programmes on cultural and historical subjects. Since 2004 he has held a Senior Research Fellowship at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London.
He has written widely on historical and cultural subjects and his book, The Gilded Stage: A Social History of Opera, on which this talk is based, has been published around the world and translated into several languages.


Groups News

A number of you have expressed an interest in the proposed new groups mentioned in the last Newsletter and we will be in touch with you in the near future.


There are still spaces in the proposed new Walking group for interested members. This will have all the benefits of our existing Walking for Pleasure group, i.e. convivial company with the incentive of a good pub at the end. However, the walks will be planned to cover 2 perhaps 3 miles rather than 5 miles and will be more of an amble than a ramble!


If you are interested in any of the above, or have further ideas and would be willing to help organise a group, please contact Nicki Baker or Philip Nash on groups@odihamu3a.org.uk



All of the planned upcoming trips are fully booked but we are operating a waiting list if you would like to put your name down.

Friday November 1st- Sir Ian McKellen On Stage with Tolkien, Shakespeare, Others and You, Harold Pinter Theatre, London

Friday 13th December - Christmas concert at Winchester


Kathy and Sally can be contacted at trips@odihamu3a.org.uk as well as in the foyer at the monthly meetings.



Thursday November 14th - Fun Quiz evening in the Cross Barn. Come alone or with friends as teams can be made up on the night. We will provide you with a light supper and drinks will be available to purchase (cash or cheque please). The cost is £10 per person for an evening of light hearted quizzing.

Please arrive at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

Tickets will be available from Liz or Pauline in the foyer of the Cross Barn at the October meeting or email events@odihamu3a.org.uk