General Meeting at St Michael’s Church, Tuesday 13th March 2018 at 11.00 am


The speakers today were John & Gret Woodason, who substituted for a speaker who had to cancel. Their subject was translation and literacy work among speakers of minority languages. Both John & Gret worked for Wycliffe Bible Translators, John as a fundraiser and Gret as a volunteer PA to a regional director. The talk highlighted the plight of people who speak a minority language which in many cases has never received a writing system. Literacy is therefore not open to these people, which limits access to education and further human development. However, many agencies, including the UN recognise this and are working to bring literacy among such groups.

       The Chairman, Gret, then welcomed everyone to today’s temporary venue, St Michael’s Church. She reminded  the  meeting of some health and safety items.

  1. Apologies for Absence. Apologies were received from Barbara Devine.

  2. Minutes of Previous Meeting held on 13th February 2018 A copy was not available as they were not completed.

  3. Matters Arising. There were no matters arising.

  4. Chairman’s Report
    April General Meeting. Chris Bramhall will chair April’s meeting & Chris Squib will take notes for a record.

  5. Website Co-ordinator’s Report
    5.1 Updates. David Stevens has updated the website, particularly with latest groups information. He would like to receive photos depicting every group. 
    5.2 Usage of the website has increased marginally compared with 12 months ago.
    5.3 Newquay U3A on Facebook. David enquired how many in the meeting had a Facebook account – there was a good number. He is considering starting a Newquay U3A Facebook page so that our presence can be felt amongst Newquay social media. He is also considering offering to teach people how to start using Facebook.

  6. Vice-Chairman’s Report. No Vice-Chairman at present – we need one!

  7. Secretary’s Report.
    7.1 The Third Age Trust EGM 21 March 2018. The EGM is being held to change the Object Clause of the Trust to: “The advancement of education and, in particular, the education of older people and those who are retired from full time work by all means, including associated activities conducive to learning and personal development.”There will be an accompanying change to the Articles of Association, which will also be voted on. The dissolution clause is being changed and a selected auditor being ratified.
    The Secretary asked the meeting if he could exercise the one vote Newquay U3A has been granted and to do this via the proxy instruction form. This was granted unanimously.
    7.2 GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is being introduced from 25 May 2018. The U3A is supplying us with advice and material to ensure we are compliant now and into the future.

  8. Treasurer’s Report. 
     Current Income to 28th February 2018      £3,832
           Estimated Expenditure for Year          £2,735
     Estimated Available Surplus for Year             £255
     Petty Cash                                                     £134
     Refreshment Fund Balance                             £94
  1. Group Co-ordinator’s Report. Margaret reported that the Creative Writing Group is on hold till further notice. She also reminded Members of the Photography Group that competition submissions can be made to Del Brown.
  2. Membership Secretary’s Report. Shirley reported there were 71 members present and 3 visitors at the meeting.
  3. Publicity Co-ordinator’s Report. Printed copies of the March Newsletter are available today.
  4. Programme Secretary’s Report. Chris Squibb has booked a visit to Little Harbour for Monday 9th April (am).  A maximum of 24 members (two parties of 12 - one at 11.15 and one at 11.30) can go.  She had a form for members to sign-up.
  5. Interest Groups
    13.1 Music Appreciation. Libby invited all to come to the Annual Opera Event – a showing of Der Rosenkavalier – at the Griffin Inn, 1pm this Tuesday 27th March 2018.
    3.2 Antiques & Collectables. Chris B announced that there will be a visit by the group to the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth
    13.3 Italian for Beginners will be this coming Thursday (not Wednesday).
    13.4 Garden Appreciation. 32 have booked for the Hidden Valley Gardens trip on Thurs 29 March. This means 20 are needing transport by car so currently 3 or 4 cars and their drivers are required. This seems the general pattern for visits.
    On Tues 24 April there will be a trip to Enys Gardens with its bluebell meadow.
    3.5 Longer Walks. Janet announced the walked planned for tomorrow is postponed due to forecast inclement weather.
  6. Other Miscellaneous Social Activities
    14.1 Silver Screen Matinee11:00 on Thursday 22 March 2018 showing at the Lighthouse Cinema, Newquay: THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI (15) - a darkly comic crime drama in which a woman pressures police into continuing the investigation into her daughter’s murder. Tickets £4 and include complimentary Tea/Coffee & Biscuits!
    14.2 Round Robin Tour – Thursday 17th May 2018. 4 places are available for a trip by the Dartmouth Steam Railway & River Boat Company as follows:
    08:15 depart by coach from Newquay to Paignton; train from Paignton to Kingswear; ferry from Kingswear to Dartmouth where there is time for lunch and leisure; cruise from Dartmouth to Totnes; return coach trip to Newquay arriving 19:30
    Round Robin Tour cost is £23; coach travel is £17 (max) – Total £40 per head. Speak to the Secretary if interested.
  7. Any Other Business
    15.1 Congratulations to Hilary Borket who is joint County Champion in Ladies Bowls.
  8. Date and time of Next General Meeting Tuesday 10th April - 10.30am for 11.00am
    Speaker: Len Sheppard, from the Old Cornwall Society