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Welcome to the U3A Newsletter  - July 2019


Committee Changes
A new Chair was appointed at this year's AGM to lead Kinver U3A into the next phase of its development.  We are grateful to Brian Quaintance, who resigned as Chair last October, for his determined and skillful leadership and we look forward to continuing his work, embedding Kinver U3A as a key part of the community here in Kinver.


U3A Committee and how to contact them
New Chair:  Rod Marshall:   contact at info@u3akinver.org
Vice Chairs Ben Thompson and John Aston:  they can be contacted at info@u3akinver.org
TreasurerColin Weaver contact at treasurer@u3akinver.org
Membership Secretary:  Hilary Weaver contact: membership@u3akinver.org
Group coordinators:  Rod Marshall and Ben Thompson Contact:  groups@u3akinver.org
Other committee members  Contact: info@u3akinver.org
Jackie Ward  
Maggie Jones .
Julia Bathurst 
Ann Becke
Beryl Hornsby 
Jean Bates
Richard Kitchen  (Newsletter@u3akinver.org)
 

Activity Groups Matters
A full list of activities is included at the end of this Newsletter with both the Bridge Group and the Kurling Group now up and running.  

Fee Free September
After reviewing the healthy financial situation of this U3A the Committee has decided to do away with Group fees for the month of September. This means that for the whole of September none of the Groups will make a charge for the activities that month.  It provides the opportunity for Members to try new activities free of charge and should get people "into the groove" for the autumn season!  So that we can manage demand (and recognising that some groups are full) can you please check with the relevant Group Facilitator before going to a new Group.

What is a Group Facilitator?
The U3A organisation prefers to use the term "Facilitator" rather than "Leader".  It is not compulsory but the idea is that it better describes the role.  Each member in an activity group is encouraged to get involved in making decisions about  the group agenda and pace of learning and, among them, one member is encouraged to facilitate discussion and implement the group's decisions.  In short, the group should not become leader and followers -  but be participatory with decisions made through discussions in the group.  That at least is the theory although it is common to find that other models exist (and it is arguable, for a few of these, that it is appropriate that they should).  


Salsa Keep Fit
Members will be pleased to know that the Keep Fit Classes, always a popular Group, have refreshed their offering by the inclusion of Salsa Music as background to their Keep Fit Exercises.   This enjoyable group provides a gentle exercise regime that can be beneficial to us all - just come along and try it.  New members are welcome.

Beginners Ukulele

July sees the end of the present Beginners Ukulele sessions.  The Ukulele is a fine musical instrument. Playing the Ukulele is not difficult but with regular practice, determination, and just six chords, you will be able to play hundreds of songs.Members who have attended so far and practiced are ready to move on to the wider ukulele world - and, who knows, "Britain's got talent".  Perhaps even "Ukes on the Edge" which has a growing reputation as a fine performance Group (come and see them at the August Party).

The Beginners Group starts again in "Fee Free September" meeting twice monthly for two hours at Kinver Fire Station 2-4pm on the first and third Friday of each month.  The group will run for ten sessions - we will even lend you a uke. Bonus!, modestly priced refreshments are available at half-time. 
so come along then and have a go.  And sing! The uke is an accompanying instrument and we sing the songs we play (which can be a mixed blessing to innocent bystanders).   But, to our benefit, singing along teaches us the song, the melody and the rhythm. 

Learning to play is fun and sociable.This is a very relaxed group and our objective is to have fun whilst doing justice to the Ukulele. So come and join the Gang.


History Group
On Monday 08 July the History Group is going to explore Avoncroft Buildings Museum B60 4JR. It is a rare occasion when it is open on a Monday. We will meet in the KSCA car park for a 10.00 departure. Entrance fee at the museum is £9.00 each (if our numbers reach 15 then we get a slight reduction) and car share is £1.70 per passenger. As it is a large site I suggest that we take a packed lunch and take advantage of the picnic areas (weather permitting).

Monday 22 July Peter Bates will talk about The Lunar Society at Kinver Fire Station for an 11.45 start. The society was the 18th century Thinktank formed in Birmingham in 1755 and included such luminaries as James Watt and Erasmus Darwin who shared their ideas and knowledge to provide a 'springboard' for the fledgling Industrial Revolution.


Kurling

The new Kurling Group plans to meet at KSCA twice a month on the 1st and third Thursday.  However, there is no meeting on 4 July because of a prior booking for the hall. The July meeting will therefor be on 18th.

Cycling
The cycling group outing this month takes place on 16th July:  newcomers welcome.  Please contact Peter Bryan on peter.bryan00@btinternet.com.

Summer Party
Tickets are now available for the Summer Party at the KSCA on Friday 2nd August.  The doors will be open from 6.30 with entertainment from "Ukes on the Edge" and continue 'til late with a full programme that includes the Choir and the Singing for Fun Group as well as a professional singer and guitarist. Following suggestions from previous events the food will be plated up ready to serve in order to avoid the buffet queue, avoid disappointment and reduce waste.  Please put this event in your diary - and get your tickers NOW!

Outings and Events
The outings team have been busy this month.  They had a very successful trip to Powis Castle on a lovely Spring Day and also a visit to Kinver Rock Houses on a rather damp day.  Both trips were very enjoyable.  On offer at the moment is The Well Dressings at Buxton on 10/7/19 including a comfort break at Leek on the way. The Spa town of Buxton is well worth a visit and this trip will cost you only £18. 

Secondly we have taken an option of Calendar Girls at The Grand for the matinee performance on 28/9/19 at a cost of around £50 this includes stall seats, coach and as always a drivers tip.  We have to commit to these tickets mid-July so check your diaries for a good day out.  All information is on the website under "Outings".
Regards Sylvia & Janet

 Community Engagement
 We make heavy use of the Fire Station here in Kinver and really value the way in which the Staffs Fire Service allow us access to their very convenient and well equipped meeting room.   I have now been asked to publish for them an opportunity for members to assist the Fire and Rescue Service in voluntary capacity.  Caroline Firkins, their support manager writes:  
"To increase our engagement with members of the community particularly in our rural/village areas we enhance our activities with the support of Volunteers,   however, currently we have no volunteers that live within your area,  I would, therefore, be very appreciative if you could discuss/promote our volunteering opportunities with your group members and ask them to do the same with their friends and family.
 
We have a number of volunteering roles that can compliment existing skills or provide new skills to those people that are looking to give something back to their local community".

I have included the list of opportunities at the back of this Newsletter and suggest if any member (or their families, this is not limited to U3A members) is interested they get in touch with Caroline direct on 
01785 898513; 07971 893213 or email c.firkins@staffordshirefire.gov.uk


 Committee Matters
There is little more to report this month except to remind Members that the U3a Website is now up and running and we expect increasing levels of content as  it is more widely used.  Please log on at www.u3akinver.org.  

Third Age Matters Magazine (Editor's comments)
Two articles in the Summer 2019 U3A national magazine particularly caught my eye and both are timely for this U3A.  Kinver U3A is a young branch of this long established organisation and it is worth reflecting on whether, in all the energy and excitement of launching and building this local branch, we have kept ourselves true to the founding principles.  Both of the articles flag up and discuss those founding principles.  The first (on page 35) is by Ian McCannah the current national Chair person; the second (on page 38) is by the Founder of the U3A in the UK; Eric Midwinter.
 
It is worth reading both in full but if I were to attempt a very brief summary it is that they emphasise strongly the self- help principle that lies at the heart of the U3A movement:  that we each in our own way should be striving to do our bit to make the organisation work for the benefit of all.  I don’t need a full audit to come quickly to the view that we are doing well and yet could do better.  Focusing on the positive, there are many examples of members playing their part in making this U3A a success especially  the variety of Group Activities where members take a full part in leading,supporting and encouraging both established members and newcomers. 
 
 A really good example of us doing well is the work going into the upcoming Summer Party where those making the arrangements and those helping are moving mountains for the event to be a success.  This includes three of our activity groups performing as well as all the efforts going into helping out in preparation, on the night and in committing to tidying up.  There are dozens of our members involved in making a success of the night – all volunteers working in their own time without asking for anything except the pleasure of a good night for the members.  
I strongly recommend that members who have not read TAM should at least read these articles  (and, if you can make it, please get your tickets for the the Summer Party!).


Lastly
Please don't forget the Members meeting this coming Friday, 28th June.  Our vice Chirman John Aston is presenting : 

FROM THE SEAS TO THE CLOUDS, a fully illustrated talk featuring over 200 full colour slides plus videos clips. You will visit North Carolina and it’s two major cities, the coastal areas, the central plains and the Appalachian Mountains.  You will hear a little about history and culture of the American Indians and the site of the Wright brothers first flight and the first English landings in the USA. You will travel across the whole of the state exploring the port of Wilmington, the 50 square mile Lake Norman and America’s largest stately home, Biltmore. You will then tour the Blue Ridge Parkway national park, visit the “Tweetsie” Railroad and the Indian reservation with their home town of Cherokee. Finally you travel up into the Smoky Mountains National Park with an audio visual presentation by the park wardens and continue on until your journey ends at the state line high up in the Smoky mountains.

That will keep us all in our seats!


Kinver U3A Activity Calendar July 2019
July Group Time Location
Mon 1st Intermediate Tai Chi 10.00 to 11.00 Fire Stn
Tues 2nd Quiz 2.00 to 4.00 Fire Stn
  Bridge 2.00 to 4.00pm St Peters Church Hall
Weds 3rd Advanced Tai Chi 10.00 to 11.00 Fire Stn
  Singing For Fun 2.00 to 4.00 Fire Stn
Thu 4th Spanish Beginners 11.00 to 12.30 Fire Stn
  Italian 1.30 to 3.00 Fire Stn
  Table Tennis 2.00 to 4.00 Methodist Hall
Frid 5th 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.oo Fire Stn
Mon 8th Intermediate Tai Chi 10.00 to 11.00 Fire stn
  History  Outing 10.00 KSCA Car Park
Tue 9th Craft 10.30 to 12.30 Fire Stn
  French 2.00 to 4.00 Fire Stn
Wed 10th Advanced Tai Chi 10.00 to 11.00 Fire Stn
  Tai Chi and Balance Exercise Group 11.15 to 12.15 Fire Stn
Thur 11th Choir 10.00 to 12.00 SCC
  Table Tennis 2.00 to 4.00 Methodist Hall
  U3A C ‘tee meeting 2.00 to 4.00 Fire stn
Frid 12th 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 15th Intermediate Tai Chi 10.00 to 11.00 Fire Stn
  Singing For Fun 2.00 to 4.00 Fire Stn
Tue 16th Bridge 2.00 to 4.00 St Peters Church Hall
  Music and Jazz 2.00 to 4.00 Fire Stn
Wed 17th Advanced Tai Chi 10.00 to 11.00 Fire Stn
Thu 18th Kurling 10.00 KSFC
  Spanish Beginners 11.00 to 12.30 Fire Stn
  Italian 1.30 to 3.00pm Fire Stn
  Table Tennis 2.00 to 4.00 Methodist Hall
Fri 19st 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
  Beginners Ukulele 2.00 to 4.00 Fire Stan
  Ukes on the Edge 1.30 to 4.00 SCC
Mon 22nd Intermedaiate Tai Chi 10.00 to 11.00 Fire Stn
  History Group 11.45 to 1330 Fire Station
       
Tues 23rd Craft 10.30 to 12.30 Fire Stn
  French 2.00 to 27th4.15 Fire Stn
Wed 24th Advanced Tai Chi 10.00 to 11.00 Fire Stn
  Tai Chi and Balance Exercise 11.15 to 12.15 Fire Stn
Thu 25th Choir 10.00 to 12.000 SCC
  Table tennis 2.00 to 4.00 Methodist Hall
Frid 26th Salsa Keep Fit 10.00 to 11.00 KSCA
  Family History 12.00 to 1.00 Library
 
 
 
Monthly Meeting Details to follow 2.00 pm
KSCA
Mon 29th Intermediate Tai Chi    
Tues 30th      
Wed 31st Advanced Tai Chi    
 

Fire and Rescue Service volunteer opportunities (referred to earlier in this Newsletter:
Listed below are the opportunities that we are able to provide our Volunteers who can provide as little as 4 hours a month, which could make a difference to someone’s life.
 
Role  
 
Safe and Well Volunteer
Our S&W Volunteers carry out visits in people’s homes to provide them with Fire Safety and Health & Wellbeing Advice.  These visits are tailored to an individual’s needs relating to their health and lifestyle choices.
   
Post Incident Questionnaire Volunteer
A PIQ volunteer will visit peoples home following an accidental dwelling fire.   The PIQ enables us to gather information that is not necessarily captured at the time of the incident.  It aims to explore human behavior upon discovering a fire in their property; evaluation of which will help us to shape our future prevention methods.
   
Princes Trust Programme Volunteer
A PTP Volunteer will support the Programme Manager in delivering the Team/Fairbridge programmes to young people within our Community.   Our programmes develop the skills of young people between the ages of 16-25 years.
   
Fire Cadet Instructor Volunteer
A FCI Volunteer will support our Cadet+ programme delivered to young people within our Community. The programme enables the young people to achieve a Duke of Edinburgh award and gain valuable Life skills.
   
Community Safety Volunteers : Memorial Garden/
Olive Branch/Fun and Family Days/County Show/
Car Wash/Supporting Conferences/Connect and
Pledge/Administration etc

There is potential for our CS Volunteers to support a number of activities tailored to their skills from attending public events providing Fire Safety and Health & Wellbeing advice to undertaking administrative tasks at your local fire station.
   
Learning and Development Volunteers
To provide our Operational Crews with real life scenarios you will support their training exercises and act as casualties  as directed by the lead trainer
   
Road Safety Volunteers
The RSV will support events and  deliver  road safety messages to young people and adults across Staffordshire
 
   
Safe and Sound Volunteers
A S&S Volunteer will support the delivery of our Education Programmes.  These programmes are delivered to year 5 students across Staffordshire and Stoke On Trent with bespoke programmes being delivered to our over 65’s
   
Fire Service Chaplains
Chaplaincy work is all about meeting the needs of Fire Service staff as and when required.Service Chaplains are in the unique position of being able to support and identify vulnerable people in the community.  In this capacity they can act as advocates for the Service working with our partners to spread the community safety messages. 
   
 
Expressions of interest can be made through the Fire and Rescue Service website: www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk 




 






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