From the Chair – September

Towards the end of August I joined the last SLUA evening walk for this summer and it brought home to me that the long, summer evenings are rapidly disappearing. Conversely, many of our groups will not have met during the holiday period and will now be looking forward to groups restarting, learning new things and meeting with friends:  for me, that’s what SLU3A is all about.

Moving to the Committee, new Trustees are getting to grips with their roles, some of which are recently created.  Here is a reminder of what they are in case you need to contact them.  Rose Gale is Secretary, David Kyle, Treasurer,  Jef Cawdell, Treasurer Elect ( beginning to work with David Kyle on the handover next May), Ian Webb, Vice Chair and Membership Secretary, Sharon Webb , Group Enabler (your point of contact if you are a Group Leader or have an idea for creating a new group), Kenny Darling, Lettings and Accessibility (all issues relating to room bookings and accessibility issues), Sarah Cawdell , Gift Aid Manager,  Stephen Joy, Webmaster and Newsletter Editor, Pat Brafield, Speaker Co-coordinator for the monthly meetings (suggestions for speakers always very welcome), Maryan Richardson, Trips Co-ordinator (working with members to plan and organise trips, maintaining an overview of all trips whether open to all members or for interest groups,  and, coming up, offering holidays), Colin Ford, Refreshments Co-ordinator (for monthly  meetings) and Liz Brett, assisting with ad hoc roles as they arise.   If you wish to get in touch with a Trustee, phone numbers are on the front of the Newsletter and email addresses on the website:

I must also add and say thank you to the regular volunteers who ensure many other essential activities happen, such as meeting and greeting, recording attendance, issuing and distributing Newsletters and supporting the sound and projection facilities.

Finally, it is a busy month with a Leicestershire & Rutland U3A Network Workshop on recruiting volunteers and, locally, a much overdue, new members’ coffee morning, to which I and the Committee Members look forward to meeting new faces, and hopefully encouraging new ideas to keep SLU3A on its toes!

Helen Salisbury