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Bookham & District Newsletter May 2015
Bookham & District U3A
May Newsletter
Announcements Made at the May Meeting
Neil welcomed three new members at the meeting: Peter Higgins and Clive and Judy
The Chairman reminded members to collect their copies of Senior Moments and clarified
the role of the electronic copy of Senior Moments. All U3A members who have an email
address are advised of the availability of Senior Moments on the website; this includes
those who have asked for a paper copy which continue as normal. Receiving the email
notification does not stop the distribution of the paper copy!
Neil stated that it was important that the attendance sheets were accurately completed.
This helps with meeting planning and is an important issue if we were ever to need to
evacuate the building. Please make sure you name is ticked off when you arrive, especially
if you enter by the rear door.
The International Wine & Food festival is fully booked and Jan Dicker has a waiting list. If
you have tickets and cannot now attend please contact Jan so that these may be
reallocated. Her number is 01372 452251 and her email address is
[email protected] Please note that her email address in the recent copy of
Senior Moments is incorrect.
Village Week – Coral Wabe, on behalf the Bookham U3A is organising a Village Week
Bridge Evening on Thursday 25th June. Tickets, costing £60 per table, are available from
Jan Dicker; her contact details are above. The event is open to anyone, not just U3A
members, and the price of £60 per table includes supper.
Neil drew attention to the sign up sheets for new groups, details of which are included later
in this email.
He also mentioned that the next copy of Senior Moments will contain renewal forms for
2015/16 membership and that members should renew within a one month period, not two
months as was the case previously. The renewal form will also shortly be available on the
Neil also thanked Sheila Pomfret for the hard work she puts into organising the theatre
trips, holidays and other visits. Mayday saw 40 or so U3A members visit the Olympic Park
and the 'Cathedral of Sewage', another very enjoyable day which I hope to record and
illustrate in the next copy of Senior Moments.
Neil referred to the huge amount of work that Sheila puts in on behalf of us all and asked if
any other member would be prepared to suggest and organise a Christmas outing this
year. Please contact Neil if you could do this.
The Military History group are organising a visit to the Imperial War Museum on 23th Jul
leaving Bookham at 10.00hr. The cost will be £11 and the visit is open to all.
Finally, lost property. A black backrest was left behind today. It has been left on the coat
stand in the Barn Hall.
There are vacancies in a number of groups, including:
Swimming at The Grange on Thursdays
Bridge for Beginners
Italian, where there is room for 2 more
Bridge, where two groups need more players
Social History
The Metal Detecting group have an interesting idea. They are prepared to come to your
garden and search for hidden treasure! a garden of 20 by 15 metres would take about two
hours to search. It occurs to me that if you buried a few coins in your vegetable patch you
could get it dug over ready for summer!
Tai Chi may still have a few vacancies – contact Val Cross asap.
Book Group 3
No, she is not a U3A member but included to draw your attention to the fact that Viv Bignall
advises that new members are welcome to join Book Group 3. She writes:
We meet monthly on 3rd Tuesday at 2.30-4.30
We began in April 2014 and our current interests are modern fiction. We take it in turns to
suggest books. Our next book is Anne Tyler's "A spool of blue thread".
We also attend book and film events in Surrey and are keen to celebrate special events
like Christmas. We have space for up to three more members, so do come and join us.
If you would like to discuss the book group, contact her on 01372 450392 or by email at
[email protected]
More details of these groups can be found of the website. Click here to here to access the
list of groups.
Details of planned outings can be found here.
Mack and Mabel and The Producers are both fully booked.
Please contact Sheila Pomfret asap if you are interested in 'Three Days in the Country' at
the National Theatre. She is holding some tickets for a very short while for October 1st, 8th
and 13th.
Neil introduced the speaker, John Reuther who gave a very entertaining talk on “Bugs,
Plagues and Pestilence". It was just as well that lunch had been digested and dinner was
some way off!
Next month’s speaker is Steve Whiteway, who is Managing Director of Epsom Coaches
and has been with the company for over 34 years. Steve is also a director of the wider
RATP Group in the UK and has held the post of President of the UK Confederation of
Passenger Transport on two occasions; he is also a fellow of the Chartered Institute of
Logistics and Transport.
Steve is well known for his active participation in local affairs and for the community role
that Epsom Coaches plays, supporting local events and charities. Steve has led Epsom
Coaches to become one of the largest employers in Epsom with over 360 staff and a
highly respected business with a reputation for excellence that stretches back to 1920.
Steve will be giving us an insight into the long history of Epsom Coaches and its
development as one of the leading passenger transport operators in Europe.
And finally.......
It being May Day and not being able to
find a May Pole to dance around, Sheila
couldn't contain herself at the Olympic
Thank you Sheila for a great day out!
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