All that Jazz
Gardening & Wildlife
Listening to Music
Third Age Singers
Ukulele (U can d’wit)
Welcome to Newport U3A's website
First of all, a reminder - all the latest news can be found on the News page. It's the first place to look for updates on groups, what we're up to, and the accolades conferred on out members.
Open Day was on 15th August, and we were delighted to see so many people on the day. Since September we have had over 30 new members! We welcome them all and look forward to getting to know them better.
In July we had the annual Gardening and Wildlife Group's Produce Show. Despite the weather, cold and wet followed by blistering heat, there were some lovely entries, with people getting quite creative with the limited home-grown flowers available. A full list of winners and photos will be available shortly. As ever, the Victor Ludorum was Jean Kinchington - I don't know how she does it!
June saw the History Group holding a D-Day celebration party. Of course we know the 70th Anniversary is not until 2014, but as the 69th year fell on the day of our History Group meeting, we couldn't miss the opportunity of a party. All Members were invited, and asked to dress "appropriately", e.g. a 1940s hat, pinnie etc. Also in June, Greg Platt started the Ukulele Group, which has been a great success. He's calling it "U can d’wit" which, if you say it quickly, sounds a bit like "You Can Do It". As ever, it is a mixed ability group, with those who can helping those who can't, starting with tuning the instrument.
In May we joined the Gwanwyn Festival, which celebrates creativity for older people. On 4 May, Craft Group, Art Group and Line Dancing took over the upper floor of Newport Market, and 16 May the Third Age Singers and Creative Writing gave a concert at Shaftesbury Street Methodist Church. Both events showed just some of our range of activities for "older people" - I'm not sure this expression applies to many of our members, but there we go! We were disappointed in the numbers who attended the events, but we all had great fun taking part.
At the time of the AGM in April, no-one was prepared to step forward as Chairman, therefore as a stop-gap for one year only Jackie Kerr agreed to take the hot seat again. It is essential that during this year someone agrees to take over the role from April 2014. We have five new Committee Members this year, so be patient with them as they are learning from scratch. Please also spare a thought for Jackie, who has given up her beloved gardening and other pursuits to take the Chair again.
To round off our 20th year, we will be holding a celebration concert on 12 December, with eleven of of our groups performing, and a special guest appearance by the Swansea U3A Ukulele group. A couple of our groups are banding together (safety in numbers, perhaps?) and there have been some huddled practice sessions in odd corners of the building – all most intriguing! It promises to be a great afternoon. We are especially looking forward to hearing how the ukulele should be played (sorry Greg!)
The concert will start promptly at 1.00 and there will be free tea/coffee and mince pies during the interval. Because of limited numbers of seats, entry will be by ticket only. These tickets are free, and will be available from Pat Fackrell or on the door.
The following day is the Carol Service, where the Third Age Singers, and Creative Writing will entertain us PLUS the language groups will sing a carol in the language they are learning. This is always a wonderful, heart-warming way to end the year, and being a very special year for us, will be especially poignant.
Finally, please give some thought to joining the Committee - as I said earliering, we need people to stand for Committee and Chair at the AGM 2014. You will be welcome to sit in on Committee meetings between now and then, possibly even to shadow existing members to get an idea of what is involved. Think of it as a way of giving something back in exchange for all the hours of fun and entertainment that you have had. (Or, possibly, a way to make those improvements you can see are needed ... !!)