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                                                                                              Issue 162

 

Registered charity no. 1108125                                                                                                                       April 2021

www.westoxfordu3a.org.uk

Newsletter Editor: Elizabeth Stevens                                        newsletter@westoxfordu3a.org.uk           

 

NEWSLETTER

 

 

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Welcome to West Oxford U3A

 

The U3A exists for a group of people to get together to do things with everyone taking equal responsibility.

We meet on the 2nd and 4th Mondays except for July, August and December.  Our ‘year’ begins in September and ends with the AGM, either on the last Monday meeting in May or the first Monday meeting in June.   Once the membership fee is paid there is no further charge, although visitors make a donation.  Membership of West Oxford U3A does not cover membership of Oxford U3A or Headington U3A.

 

The meetings take place at Dean Court Community Centre, Pinnocks Way, Botley.   The proceedings start at 2.30 pm and (fairly short) notices are given before or after a talk as set out on your programme.  Tea and biscuits are always served after the talk with cake at the end of each term.   Please stay and use this time to get to know new people and meet friends

 

A list of the Special Interest Groups is on your programme and are open to anyone who would like to join.  Just contact the person referred to as arranging the meetings.  If there is a group you would like to start then, if you think the Committee can give you some help, please ask.

 

The membership fee entitles you to the West Oxford U3A Newsletter which is sent out every other month, by email or (for those without a connection) by post.  The Newsletter is full of information about forthcoming events, both those arranged by this branch and also those organised by Thames Valley Network.  Please be certain to look at the notice board at the back of the room for additional details of outings and study days and also on u3atvnnetwork.org.uk and our own website westoxfordu3a.org.uk

 

A membership subscription is paid annually to the National U3A office and there is a newsletter which you can subscribe to receive or can be viewed on-line.  If you would like to receive the National U3A newsletter then please contact the Secretary who will tell you the cost.  You are entitled to attend the Summer Schools and other events, details and costs are on the National U3A website.

 

During the year there is a New Members’ coffee morning for which an appropriate invitation is sent.

 

Do raise any queries when attending the meetings or write to secretary@westoxfordu3a.  

 

Lis Froggatt  

                                                                                                                                                  Chairman


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There are currently no meetings in the community centre but a series of Zoom meetings have started.


An invitation to join on Zoom will be automatically sent to you unless you wish to opt out, in which case please email ingalillmartin@gmail.com and tell Inga of your decision.

The talks will be twice a month, as always on a Monday at 2.30; this is all free to you as a member, but please let anyone interested know that membership of our U3A for 5 will cover all the talks, whether by Zoom or in person, up to September 2021.
 
The talks up until June 2021 are detailed in the Talks section.

The talks begin at 2.30pm but Inga requests you to join via the link at 2.15pm. This would be very helpful to Inga so thank you in advance. 

 

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A Message from Lis Froggatt, Chairman

 

 

Dear West Oxford U3A member,

 

I am sending details of the two talks in May, and to let you know that before the talk on 24th May we will hold an Annual General Meeting. Details will be sent to you by our secretary, Beverley Birmingham, so please log on early so that sufficient members are involved.

 

I also remind you that in September we will start meeting in Dean Court to the extent we are allowed by Government restrictions. The talks will be available in the hall, but until the end of this year they will be shown on a screen so that members can watch from home on zoom; if we have to, we will continue this procedure next year, but let’s hope it is not necessary.

 

 

Mary Gregory's speakers are :

 

Monday 10 May Carol Mahoney Greatorex – Walking the Centuries: Oxford by a Green-Badge Guide

 

Until Covid hit, Oxford was always full of visitors, many of them with Blue- or Green-Badged Guides introducing them to the city’s glories, history and quirks. If the visitors can look at us,we can look at the visitors.
 
Carol Mahoney Greatorex lived in Oxford for over 20 years, teaching at St. Barnabas, ultimately as Deputy Head. Following the death of her husband Mike, Mahoney, Fellow and Tutor in Modern History at Mansfield College and her subsequent re-marriage and move to Norfolk, she held a series of school headships until her retirement. Then, finding herself at a loose end … she gives us the sequel in this talk.

 

 

Monday 24 May Robert Beagrie – Why does health run in the family?

 

Why is it that so many health problems seem to be passed from parents to children? What have we learned about how this all works from sequencing the human genome? Should I have my genome sequenced, and what could it tell me?
 
Our speaker on 24 May will be Robert Beagrie, Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow at the Laboratory of Gene Regulation in the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine at the JR who will introduce us to this fascinating area. He will also talk a little about the future of “genomic medicine”, the exciting new technologies that might change health care forever and whether they can really live up to their promise.


Liz Froggatt

Chairman 

 

 

 

Our Treasurer, Ian Battersby, writes:
THIRD AGE TRUST MAGAZINE DIRECT MAIL SCHEME
(Ready for February 2021)
 

The Third Age Trust produces two magazines for U3A members in the UK: Third Age Matters, a general newsletter with lots of holiday advertising(!) is published three times a year. The magazines are mailed directly to subscribing members’ homes. The production costs are covered by the Third Age Trust. A charge per address is made towards the cost of postage. This year the charge is 3.00
The last subscription year ran from March 2020 to February 2021 and is now over. If you would like to receive the magazines for the 2021 subscription year, please inform Ian Battersby by 1st March 2021 either by e-mail (preferred) or by post to his address: Kambah, Harcourt Hill, Oxford OX2 9AS.
 

Then, please pay the 3.00 subscription either by internet BACS transfer to: Name - West Oxford U3A; Sort code 30-19-83; Account No., 00101463 (much preferred, please give your surname and initials to the Reference) or by cheque, written to J I Battersby, sent to the above address. Ian will transfer the funds into the U3A account without leaving home.
You can join the scheme at any time during the year and Ian will adjust the subscription price accordingly.
 


 



 


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DETAILS OF SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS (SIG) MEETINGS - PLEASE CONTACT SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP LEADERS DIRECTLY FOR THE CURRENT SITUATION.


 

ART HISTORY/APPRECIATION           (5 members)             Contact:  Terence Carter (01865 863379)

 

Visits to the Ashmolean Museum normally take place on the second Tuesday or the second Thursday of each month, meeting just inside the main entrance to the Museum. For other locations, directions will be given. There are spaces available in this group.   
 



BRIDGE                                                                                       Contact:  Pauline Martin 01865 250870

 

We are a group of 20 players meeting every Wednesday afternoon, starting at 2.00pm and finishing around 5.00pm, with a break for tea. Players sign up for the dates that suit them, some more regularly than others. Partners are decided on the day.  Anyone who is free to play can do so.  We meet either at West Oxford Community Association (where everyone pays an agreed small fee to cover the costs of renting the room), or in each others’ homes, (at no cost), playing a Chicago system of scoring and table moves and taking time to discuss bidding and card play, informally, as required. 


Whilst this is not a group for total beginners, we welcome new players who have a reasonable knowledge of the game, enjoy playing socially and might like to join us.

   

   

CHURCHES AND PUBS           (30 members)                         Contact Brian Cox (01865 872720)

 

The group meets on morning of the first Friday of each calendar month to visit a church followed by lunch together afterwards, usually at a local pub.

We are currently a very large group, so it is not possible to recruit additional members at present.  Further information can be obtained from the co-ordinator who  is briancox30@btinternet.com.


 

 

CINEMA GROUP – 1   (new members welcome)                Contact:  Lis Froggatt  (01865 249828)

 

Cinema Group 1 is the renamed Cinema Group 3, but that is the only difference.  We meet monthly on the second Tuesday at West Oxford Community Centre, Botley Road, at 12.30 pm to discuss over lunch films we have seen and plan to see.  New members most welcome   lis.froggatt@entitledto.co.uk

  

 

CINEMA GROUP - 2   (10 members)                                      Contacts:  Pam and David Eyton  (pameyton@gmail.com)

 

We meet on the second Thursday of the month to discuss a variety of films (mainly from the Phoenix) over a shared meal in a member’s house.   The membership is restricted to 10 because of the dining arrangements. 

If you are interested in going on a waiting list or being invited when space is available, please e-mail Pam.  

  

  

COMPUTER  USERS’ GROUP  (7 members – new members welcome)   Contact: Richard Sills (01865 721644)

 

All meetings will be held at The Map House, Vernon Avenue, OX2 9AU at 10.30 am.  

 

 

CRAFT GROUP                                                                         Contact:  Sally Strang (01865 240310) 

 


 

DISCOVERING MUSIC  (7 members – new members welcome) Contact: John Grimshaw (01865 861949)

 

These convivial meetings are normally held on the third Thursday of each month, at 2.15 pm.  We meet in members’ homes and the host introduces and plays recordings, usually on CD or DVD, of broadly classical music which can be secular or sacred and can include extracts and arias from opera.  Members freely express their reactions.  We may finish with something in lighter mood.

 

 

GARDEN CLUB                                                                        Contact:  Mary Gregory (01865 865887)

 

  


LANGUAGES                                                                           Contact:  David Taylor (01235 525455)

 

   

 

SCRABBLE                                                                               Contact:  Margery Dent (01865 862534)

 

The group meets mostly on the 3rd Monday of the month or on an agreed alternative, from 2 – 4.30 pm.  We meet in the homes of different members.  Please ring if you are interested in coming.

  

 

WALKING GROUP      (15 members)                                  Contacts: Sally Roberts (721596) and Norman Robinson (862845)

 

Walks normally commence at 10.00 am on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month and are arranged a few weeks in advance.   It is important to note that if bad weather threatens, you should ring the named leader of the walk, on the day, to check whether it is going ahead; otherwise you may have a wasted journey. (If it is actually raining, the walk will almost certainly be cancelled).

Info will be shared on our e-mail link.  Walking boots are always recommended.

          

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