From the Chair – April 2022

By | May 10, 2022
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In response to my email last month, I’m pleased to say that five people came forward to find out more about joining the committee. I hope they liked what they’ve seen of us, and will submit their nomination forms – which must be in by 28 April. There remain committee vacancies and roles to fill, so do contact me for an informal chat if you’d like to find out more. Nomination forms are available by contacting the Secretary, which you can do via the website or email. Please note that the date of our AGM is a week earlier than you may be expecting: it will take place on Thursday 12 May 2022. 

Earlier this month we conducted a test at Minehead Baptist Church, using the Church’s on-site kit to relay a short presentation via Zoom. My thanks to all those who worked hard behind the scenes to enable us to develop our hybrid meeting techniques. We have learned a lot from the experience, and it means that from May onwards our coffee mornings will resume at the Baptist Church on the third Thursday of the month, but the talks will also be available online to anyone unable to attend in person. The feedback from some of those taking part on Zoom was that ‘it was almost like being there’. I’m delighted that we’ll be making our coffee morning talks more accessible. The new committee will decide whether the more informal social events we have been trialling will continue in addition to our traditional coffee mornings with talks. 

Despite the increase in Covid infections, we do seem to be gaining confidence about returning to our old ways. Please still take every care and do not attend meetings if you have any Covid-like symptoms. I think we have some way to go before we are out of this particular wood. 

On a final note, if you haven’t yet renewed your u3a membership, please don’t forget to do so! For only £1 a month we have an exciting 12 months ahead – with old and new groups in full swing and, from this autumn, the likelihood of outings by coach to enjoy.

John Batt

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