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U3A Kinver Newsletter September 2019
Your U3A Committee and how to contact them:
Chair:  Rod Marshall:   contact at
Vice Chairs Ben Thompson and John Aston:  they can be contacted at
TreasurerColin Weaver contact at
Membership Secretary:  Hilary Weaver contact:
Group coordinators:  Rod Marshall and Ben Thompson Contact:
Other committee members  Contact:
Jackie Ward  
Maggie Jones .
Julia Bathurst 
Ann Becke
Beryl Hornsby 
Jean Bates
Richard Kitchen  (

Following a recommendation by the Chair the Committee has decided to suspend fees for group activities during September.   Later in this edition of the Newsletter there is a note from the Chair that sets out the background to this decision  but the effect is  that no £1 fee is required for any of the scheduled U3A actvities during this month.   Group facilitators are asked to make the usual returns of members attending each activity to the Treasurer as normal but not, of course, remit any fees!

Members are encouraged to consider having a go at any of the activities on offer during this month with the simple proviso that they contact the relevant Group Facilitator first to ensure that there is room for them on the date they want to attend.  The U3A has a good broad range of activities that are reflected in the September calendar at the end of this Newsletter - have a good look!

Activity Group news

After 3 years of organising nearly 30 outings, created to suit a variety of interests, S
ylvia and Janet (due to various family commitments) think it's time to step down and give members an opportunity to plan outings with their ideas. They will continue to run the trips planned until the end of 2019 as follows:
*Calendar Girls 25/9/19 - already full
*Hampton Court Palace 24/10/19 - places available sign up now
* NEW - Warners Holme Lacy Christmas lunch and Pantomime Thurs 21/11/19 - book by August meeting with £5 deposit to secure

 Anyone who feels they have the talents to organize outings are welcome to contact the Chairman Rod Marshall.  Sylvia and Janet will offer advice and contacts if required.

Tai Chi for Beginners- new Group begins in October 
There are currently 3 Tai Chi Groups running at Kinver U3A. The Intermediate and Advanced Groups are both full to capacity and the Tai Chi and Balance Exercise Group is almost at that point. So, we are planning to start a Tai Chi for Beginners Group in October as there seems to be some interest from other U3A members. 
I should start by saying that none of us is a qualified Tai Chi teacher- we learn from videos and more experienced members of the group. We do love our Tai Chi, however, so we’re happy to share our enthusiasm with you if you want to give it a try. 

Initially, we plan to run the group every other Wednesday between October and December ( see exact dates below). We will learn the Tai Chi 8 Form, some basic postures and movements and practise some Qi Gong. In the final 2 sessions we will introduce the 24 Form and, if enough people are interested, we will carry on after Christmas and begin to learn that. But first things first....
Key Information:
Dates: October 2nd, 16th, 30th ( 1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesdays)
             November 6th, 20th (1st and 3rd Wednesdays)
             December 4th, 18th (1st and 3rd Wednesdays)
              7 sessions in all
Times: 11.15am-12.15pm
Venue: Kinver Community Fire Station 
Places: Limited to 10 on a first come first served basis
What to wear: some sort of comfortable loose or stretchy trousers or leggings and top. Plimsolls or bare feet ( you need to be able to move easily on carpet).
What to expect in terms of physical activity: an hour of sustained, relatively gentle stretching, balance and movement from a standing position with a short break. It may  stretch you more than you think!
Enquiries about places: to Kate Parsons , preferably by email at
or mobile: 07948683682

Beginners Ukulele
 A 10 session programme is on offer for absolute beginners starting in September. Subject to demand it will take place on the first and third Fridays of the month at Kinver Fire Station 2-4pm. We do have a couple of loan Ukuleles which can be used for the duration. A reminder that this is a taster programme which will demonstrate the benefits of practice as it progresses. After 10 sessions you should be ready to join a singalong group, or progress independently.  Contact Jeff Howell by email at:

Community Engagement
The wider community here in Kinver and around benefits from our members' commitment to learning new skills and through our social activities.  The most obvious areas of engagement are from performances by our musical skills groups: the Choir and the Singing for Fun Group together with the Ukulele players.  Less obvious but equally important are the social events:  members will have noticed non members at our recent Summer Party - and the use we make of community facilities.  Our use contributes through rental payments to the funds of the KSCA, the Methodist Hall and the SCC.  There are also less known engagements by Craft Group and others who raise the profile of the U3A as part of the fabric of this community.  Information on all such engagement would be welcome to the Editor!

Last month saw the "Ukes on the Edge" at the Shrewsbury Ukulele festival for the second consecutive year, where they were the only U3A band among many other performers - some of whom play professionally.  Our band put on a competent and well received 50 minute set of more than a dozen songs and were loudly applauded.  The Kinver U3A logo was proudly displayed and the members of the group were warmly received.

September sees the first public performance by our Choir.  The U3A Choir will be performing with the Cradley Heath Male  Choir at a concert to be held in St Peter's Church in Kinver on Saturday 12 October at 7.30pm. We very much hope that members will come and support them. The Cradley Heath Male Voice Choir is a well known local men's choir, but this is their first visit to Kinver. Tickets can be obtained from David Giddings or Rod Marshall. 

Committee News
Message from the Chairman
The U3A has two main sources of income: the membership fees and the attendance fees at the activity group meetings.  In addition any donations or fees received by any U3A activity Group are classed as income to the Kinver U3A charity.  In each year over the three years of our existence our income has exceeded our expenditure and continues to do so.   Partly this is caused by our good fortune in having an excellent relationship with the Fire Service where we are able to use community rooms at Kinver Fire Station free of charge.
 The surplus this creates is a current concern for the Committee. As a charity we are governed by strict rules on how the money may be spent.  Our income is intended to  meet those expenses that we incur in meeting our charitable purposes: such expenses include  hiring accommodation, paying insurances and similar miscellaneous costs and in fees payable to the U3A central organisation – the Third Age Trust.  We are also able to spend money on any activity that promotes and furthers our charitable purpose.  In other words anything that can be shown to  enable and support learning activities for our members.
So, we can fund accommodation for our learning groups but we cannot subsidise social functions or incur expenditure on refreshments for members, for example when they are on trips organised by the U3a.   Such expenditure is not seen as furthering our charitable activities.
What the Committee can do (and is engaged upon) is a programme of reducing the income and limiting any further increase in the surplus.  Members will have noted that annual membership fees were discounted this year and there may be the scope to do so for existing members again next year.  Both this and the current initiative of a free month for activities (FEE Free September) will have the effect of reducing our surplus and reducing cost for members.  This is a matter that the committee is keeping under active review and we hope to be able to introduce occasional further “free” months over the coming year for the same purposes.  We will of course bear in mind the need to keep a reserve for unexpected costs (eg the loss of free accommodation at the Fire Station) but we are able to do that while making some cautious relaxations of the purse strings.  

Summer Party  - Jean Bates writes:
Kinver U3A Summer Party ....was a great time for all despite one ortwo technical hiccups, which were weathered in a humorous vein.The performances by the U3A groups who were showcasing their activities ensured a wonderful evening especially as they are amateur performers who benefit from their self help ethos. It was great to see so many people bonding and laughing during the evening and miraculously due to the teamwork, the room was cleared by 11.00pm. This is the spirit of the U3A. We aimed to break even with the costs and ticket receipt monies and we achieved that goal, so  what else could we ask for? Let’s look forward to the next event which hopefully with your support will be just as enjoyable. Watch this space.

Editor's note:  
Bookings for the Fire Station
We book our meetings at the Fire Station annually in advance (with an understanding that there may be changes over the year!).   The work for booking in 2020 has started and will need to be completed by the end of October - and will involve the Group Co- ordinators.  Their important role is to check that my detailed drafts of communications with the Fire Station are correct.  As the booking clerk for this task I have to be as clear as possible about the Group leaders' requirements not only for dates but also timings.  I will start on the assumption that everyone would like to continue their existing frequency and days and I hope to have the first schedule out to Group Coordinators in mid Sept.  As an aside, this task takes up a considerable amount of my time and it may be that I will have to restrict the next Newsletter to a calendar and notices.
On a separate note; members will want to know that I have completed a refresh of the mailing list for this Newsletter:  removing over 70 names of non members and adding a few who have been omitted.  I am also in the process of deleting members details that are not necessary for me to hold.  This includes home addresses and telephone numbers.  Such details are proper to the membership Secretary (Hilary Weaver) and will be retained by her on a separate database but will no longer be included in my Newsletter database. 

August Members' Meeting
Members can look forward to an engaging talk at our meeting on Friday 30th August given by Mr J.Keith Cheetham.  As usual we will meet at the KSFC at 2.00pm there will be refreshments available and of course the company of fellow members.  The subject is "The Black Country as a tourist destination".  

Richard Kitchen, Editor
 Activities calendar For September 1919.  
September Group Time Location
Mon 2nd Intermediate Tai Chi 10.00 to 11.00 Fire stn
Tue 3rd Quiz 2.00 to 4.00 Fire Stn
  Bridge 2.00 to 4.00 St Peter’s Church
Wed 4th Advanced Tai Chi 10.00 to 11.00 Fire Stn
  Singing for Fun 2.00 to 4.00 Fire Stn
Thur 5th Spanish Beginners 11.00 to 12.30 Fire Stn
  Kurling 10.00 to 12.00 KSCA
  Italian 1.30 to 3.00 Fire Stn
  Table Tennis 2.00 to 4.00 Methodist Hall
Frid 6th Salsa Keep Fit 10.00 to 11.00 KSCA
  Spanish Intermediate 10.00 to 12.00 Fire Stn
  Family History 12.00 to 1.00 Library
  Ukes on the Edge 1.30 to 4.00 SCC
  Beginners Ukulele 2.00 to 4.00 Fire Station
Mon 9th Intermediate Tai Chi 10.00 to 11.00 Fire Stn
Tue 10th Craft 10.30 to 12.30 Fire Stn
  French 2.00 to 4.00 Fire Stn
Wed 11th Advanced Tai Chi 10.00 to 11.00 Fire Stn
  Tai Chi and Balance Exercise Group Notice:  cancelled this week
Thurs 12th Choir 10.00 to 12.00 SCC
  Table Tennis 2.00 to 4.00 Methodist Hall
Fri 13th Salsa Keep Fit 10.00 to 11.00 KSCA
  Family History 12.00 to 1.00 Library
  Ukes on the Edge 1.30 to 4.00 SCC
Mon 16th Intermediate Tai Chi 10.00 to 11.00 Fire Stn
  Singing for Fun 2.00 to 4.00 Fire Station
  Bridge 2.00 to 4,00 St Peter’s Church
  History Group Outing 10.00 Meet at KSCA Car Park
Tue 17th Music and Jazz 2.00 to 4.00 Fire Station
  Bridge 2.00 to 4.00 St Peters Church
Wed 18th Advanced Tai Chi 10.00 to 11.00 Fire Stn
Thu 19th Spanish Beginners 11.00 to 12.30 Fire Stn
  Italian 1.30 to 3.00 Fire Stn
  Kurling 10.00 to 12.00 KSCA
  Table tennis 2.00 to 4.00 Methodist Hall
Frid 20th Salsa Keep Fit 10.00 to 11.00 KSCA
  Spanish Intermediate 10.00 to 12.00 Fire Stn
  Family History 12.00 to 1.00 Library
  Ukes on the Edge 1.30 to 4.00 SCC
  Beginners Ukulele 2.00 to 4.00 Fire Station
Mon 23rd Intermediate Tai Chi 10.00 to 11.00 Fire Stn
  HIstory 11.45 to 1.45 Fire Stn
Tues 24th Craft 10.30 to 12.30 Fire Stn
  French 2.00 to 4.00 Fire Stn
Wed 25th Advanced Tai Chi 10,00 to 11.00 Fire Stn
  Tai Chi and Balance Exercises 11.15 to 12.15 Fire Stn
Thu 26th Choir 10.00 to 12.00 SCC
  Table Tennis 2.00 to 4.00 Methodist Hall
Frid 27th Salsa Keep Fit 10.00 to 11.00 KSCA
  Family History 12.00 to 1.00 Library
Monthly Members Meeting KSCA 2.00 PM – Speaker
Mon 30th Intermediate Tai Chi 10.00 to 12 Fire Stn
Please also note that the Birdwatching Group and the Cycling Group meet on an ad hoc basis and are not necessarily referred to in the above list – where possible I will include them but for fuller details please refer to the Kinver U3A Website.

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