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Wednesday 03 May 2017

Bookham & District Newsletter May 2017


Bookham & District U3A

May 2017 Newsletter

Announcements Made at the May Meeting

First time attendees
Lynn welcomed seven members who were attending the monthly meeting for the first time - Peter Boxall, Clifford Crouch, Chris Heath, Janet Cole, Shirley Selfe, Diane Poole and Gwyneth Mitchell. In addition she welcomed three visitors, Vivian Rudolf, Christine Crouch and Rosie Featherstone.

Fire Exits
Lynn reminded members of the location of the fire exits, and also stressed the need for members to be recorded on the attendance forms on arrival. In the event of a fire these lists will help the fire services to establish whether all members have been accounted for.

May Social
The next social event (Jan's last!) is titled 'Dine and Divas'. It will be held on 24th May, 7.00 for 7.30, and will consist of a sit down meal and entertainment with a selection of well know arias, songs from light opera and the musical shows.
 A flyer for the event can be found
here and more details of the organisation providing the entertainment can be found here. There are very few few tickets left, at £20 each,  so it would be wise to secure yours soon! Jan can be contacted on 452251. This is Jan's last event and we are still looking for a member to take over the role of events secretary. The secretary is helped by a knowledgeable team of helpers and the process of organising an event is well known. Talk to Lynn or Jan if you want to know more.

Surrey Network and South East Forum
The  upcoming events are posted on the notice boards each month and  I  always cover them at the end of this email and also provide links to the appropriate booking forms. For those without internet access, or indeed a printer, Anne Glynn usually has a number of booking forms.

The outing to Rochester is proving very popular and we now have a waiting list. If you are very quick, the visit to the Stanley Spencer Gallery has a three places available - it looks a very interesting visit, so don't delay! And finally places are still available for the visit to the Brighton Pavilion. More details below and on the website.

Lynn introduced today's speaker Chris Dingley. Her comment that he would include a discussion on Toy Boys drew an audible expression of enthusiasm and interest from certain members of the audience - more later!

Group Vacancies
A number of sign-up sheets were displayed on the notice boards.

Two are now definitely going ahead, London Walking and Science & Technology 3.

Knitting/ Needlecraft Group       (new group)                           
London Walking    (new group)
Tai Chi 2      (vacancies)
Travel Experiences      (new group)
Science & Technology  (new group)
A second Gardening Group (new group)
Suggestions for any other group activity not already catered for.

Please contact the Groups' Coordinator, Mike Farrell,  if you wish to add your name to any of these sheets

Senior Moments
Copies of Senior Moments were available for collection. About 150 copies are mailed to members each quarter at significant cost. If you can take a copy for a friend, or get a friend to collect yours it would reduce our costs significantly. Senior Moments is also available on the website - click here.

Village Week Quiz
Thanks to those who responded to the email plea last week - we now have a complete team.

Calendar 2018
Maurice Baker showed two candidate layouts for the 2018 calendar, which were also available for member viewing after the meeting. The images are paintings produced by members of the Painting Workshop group and having seen these myself I can confirm that they make a very attractive calendar. They will be on show at the next couple of meetings and lists are available to record members' choices. Make sure you have a look!

Copyright Issues
Not covered in today's meeting but of potential interest to group leaders is the subject of copyright. The U3A has issued a discussion document on the implications to U3As of the current copyright act. The document can be read here.

Next Meeting
The date of the next meeting is June 6th.


The three of the trips announced last month have now been confirmed

  • The Royal Pavilion, museum and gallery, - the date is July 19th, leaving at 9am and returning at 4pm. The cost is £27.50, which includes the use of an audio guide. Spaces are still available.  
  • Historic Rochester on September 19th, again from 9am until 4pm at a cost of £17. Members of the local history society will act as guides and slow walkers (like me!) can be catered for. This is now fully booked and we have a waiting list, but September is a fair way off and cancellations are not uncommon.
  • Stanley Spencer Gallery and a walk is on July 14th, leaving at 9am.  Details of the gallery can be found here. Only three places are still available so contact Viv Bignell or Anne Glyn to express interest.

If you signed the interest sheets last month but do not intend to go don't worry - you name only gets on the list once you have completed a form (including emergency contact details!) and paid for the trip.  

Group News

This has been covered in the Chairman's announcements, but group leaders are free to provide me with text to advertise their activities or look for new members.


The May speaker  was Chris Dingley who approached what many thought of as a potentially dull subject with a fair degree of humour. He delivered Important information in an informal and clear way covering inheritance tax, long term carecosts, lasting power of attorney and wills.

He started by identifying four ways of ensuring that Inheritance Tax would not be paid: give to charity, a political party, your spouse or spend it! Having discussed the 7 year rule (where gifts made 7 years ago become free of inheritance tax), and the current tax free allowance, for a couple of £650,000 (rising to £1 million in 2020 if a property is involved) he then highlighted the cost of care homes and how means testing could reduce a person's wealth to as little as £14,250 before the state would become fully responsible for one's care.

Chris then addressed the issue of Power of Attorney and the benefit of taking out the current Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) in place of the old Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA). Unlike an EPA, the LPA allows a person to set up two distinct LPAs covering both health and welfare and also property and financial affairs.

He moved on then to property ownership (Joint Tenancy vs Tenants in Common) and the benefits and pitfalls of these options and concluded a look at wills and a run through of the role of trusts in financial planning.

If I could add a personal view - no sooner had he convinced  me of the benefit of a certain way forward, he then provided  reasons why it might not be so good! All in all a good pitch for the need to take personal advice from a specialist!

The June speaker will be Andrew Hansen  talking on 'Top 10 Odd Things to Measure, Plus the Measurement of Colour'. He is currently Outreach Manager and Occasional Senior Scientist at the National Physical Laboratory, the UK’s National Measurement Institute and is past Chairman of the Colour Group of Great Britain. More details on his talk are available on the website - click here.        

National U3A events
Events organised at national level can be found on the U3A website by clicking here. Please be aware that these events are usually fully booked soon after announcement so it pays to  register on the U3A website and you will then receive emails directly when events are announced.
You will, of course, need to register before you can access all of the content.

West End Sing Out
Tuesday, 9 May 2017 from 11:00 to 16:00 (BST)

Working with Louisa Ridgeway.

The Ambassador Theatre Group’s West End Creative Learning team has created this one day bespoke event to bring together up to 150 U3A members from across the UK to enjoy the experience of working together with a professional West End Musical Director.

The group will fill the auditorium of one of our West End Theatres with a series of songs from various West End musicals. You’ll be taken through a series of warm-up exercises , spend time learning songs, working with the MD on vocal qualities, tone and harmonies in preparation for a recording of the pieces before the end of the day, a CD copy of which will be sent to you after the event.

Previous choir experience and the ability to read music is not necessary and the Sing Out is designed for all abilities and all voices.

Surrey Network Study Days
The information below is taken from the Surrey U3A Network website which can be accessed by clicking here.  Reproduced below is information on the various study days for which booking is open. The website has more details on conferences and summer schools as well as an outline of events and study days running through 2017.

Friday May 19th 2017 The talk presented by Val Woodgate is entitled Signs & Symbols - The Hidden Messages in Paintings. Val is a lecturer and guide at Tate Britain, Tate Modern & other London Galleries and for the National Trust.
The language of symbols is a fascinating study, and one that is essential for a full understanding of art, whether mediaeval or modern.  During this Study Day she will  look at works of art from the 14th to the 20th centuries to examine the way in which artists have used signs and symbols to give deeper layers of meaning to their work.
More information and a booking form can be found

Friday  Jun 16th 2017 Einstein 101 & His Continuing Legacy, presented by Roger Luther.
An elementary introduction to Einstein’s contributions to modern physics, together with a brief look at the life of the man himself.  On the 101st year since he published his theory of General Relativity - spectacularly confirmed in Feb 2016 with the discovery of gravitational waves - we will look at the entire range of work of this iconic scientist.  No previous knowledge of maths or science is required! 
More information and a booking form can be found

South East U3A Forum
The South East Forum Summer School will be held at the University of Chichester from Monday 19 to Thursday 22 June 2017. Full information is available by clicking the following links and the course fees are lower than in 2016. The summer school poster has the list of courses, the synopsis of all eleven courses will enable you to choose a course and the booking form has prices and notes about the accommodation and booking process.

The Annual Conference on the theme Learn, Laugh and Live! will be held at the Meridian Hall, East Grinstead on May3rd. The keynote speakers are Sam Mauger, the new CEO of the Third Age Trust, and Marianne Talbot from Oxford University talking on "Is moral truth relative or absolute?"

More details can be found on the South East Forum website by clicking