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History of the Last Flying Vulcan Bomber; 1st October at 2pm; Kent MS Therapy Centre in Canterbury

I am the Community Fundraiser at the Kent MS Therapy Centre and I am writing to remind you about a special fundraising event that we are holding in October in aid of the Centre that may be of interest to the members of your U3A group.

The event is a talk about the History of the Last Flying Vulcan Bomber on Sunday 1st October at 2pm here at the Kent MS Therapy Centre in Canterbury, next door to Canterbury Rugby Football Club.  Our full address is The Kent MS Therapy Centre, Merton Lane North, Canterbury, Kent CT4 7DZ.

The talk is given by former Vulcan pilot from 1963 to 1976, Flt Lt Paddy Langdown RAF Ret’d.

Tickets are £5.00 per person. There will also be refreshments and a charity raffle.

There is plenty of free parking at the Centre.

To find out more and to book, contact the Kent MS Therapy Centre on 01227 470876 or email me, Victoria Wilsher, Community Fundraiser on vwilsher@kentmstc.org ;  www.kentmstc.org

Improving the lives of those with MS, their families and those who care for them.

Registered Charity No. 801382 | Registered Company No. 2339750

 

Vulcan Talk Sunday 1st October 2017 for web

THE HISTORY AND HERITAGE OF NORTH WALES: 12 April to 19 April 2018

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Winchester and the Christmas Market – Thursday 30th November 2017

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Fancy a Cuppa on Friday? Next date – 20 October

A chance for just a chat and maybe to pick up information about theatre, travel and other events, drop a suggestion into the box about a new interest group you’d like someone to start up, or an offshoot group from one that’s already full.

Come alone, or arrange to meet friends there. It’s open to potential new members to find out what the U3A is about so feel free to bring a friend.

£2.50 for tea or coffee and biscuits (free drink refills!), from 10.30 am to 12 noon in the Oak Lounge at the Rose & Crown on the 3rd Friday each month.

Free parking available at the Rose & Crown.

There will be a couple of committee members at each coffee morning to welcome anyone arriving on their own. See you then.

Birdwatching – New Group commencing 11 October

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Sevenoaks Literary Festival – 22 Sept to 7 Oct 2017

The organisers of this , the fifteenth Sevenoaks Literary Festival have asked us to publish details of the programme for this local event.

Speakers include Alan Johnson, Hilary Spurling, Michael Rosen, David Crystal and many more – something for everyone to enjoy. The Festival runs from 22 September to 07 October.

Full details at sevlitfest.com

Tickets – which are selling rapidly – are available from Sevenoaks Bookshop

(http://www.sevenoaksbookshop.co.uk) telephone 01732 452055

or, more riskily, on the door of each event.

For updated information please do not hesitate to contact

Roger Lee LRPS

Publicity Officer and Photographer, Sevenoaks Literary Festival

+44 (0)7891 577 980      r.lee@qmul.ac.uk

Storytelling Workshop – Monday 9 October, 10.30am – 12.30pm

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Chairman’s Message

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Third Age Trust (National U3A) Office Relocation

We are delighted to inform you that the Third Age Trust is likely to be moving to fully accessible offices based in Borough, Southwark, London. A rent break clause in the lease was invoked and the savings made in meeting space and dilapidation compared with the current more remote site means that the new office space provides real value for the Trust.

The proposed new premises are very close to rail, tube and bus transport serving the main London hubs. This will ensure that the NEC can be in close touch with the staff team on a regular basis by holding their sub-committee meetings on site. In addition, the larger NEC meetings will be held in a charity meeting room adjacent to the new space, again saving the cost of current hotel venue hire and most importantly, providing ready access to staff and information. The Trust is proud to finally have fully accessible office space allowing members to visit, regardless of their mobility.

The main reasons for the move were that the Bromley office was not accessible to the majority of members and that the office itself was not accessible to anyone with mobility problems.

The main considerations were firstly, the use of members’ money. It is considered that when all costs are taken into consideration, it is anticipated that there will be little difference in overall expenses mainly because of the flexibility of the new office space and its location.

Secondly, continuity of staffing in National Office. Some of the staff have worked for the Trust for several years and their experience, knowledge and dedication would take years to develop if the office were to move to another part of the country. The possibility that none of the existing staff would relocate to a new office location would have caused an unacceptable risk to the ability of the Trust to carry out its work for some considerable time. Trustees and members come and go but the office staff hold the organisation together by giving a vital daily service to members. They were therefore consulted before any steps were taken and all staff members have agreed to move to the new office. Their working environment will be much improved and the opportunity is being taken to have a thorough ‘spring clean’.

This was an operational decision taken by the Trust, which is committed to bringing the National Office closer to the membership. Trustees and National Office staff are all working for the membership in every way they can.

It is hoped that the move will take place in September/October and when further information is available, you will be notified at the earliest possible opportunity.
Pam Jones

on behalf of the National Executive Committee of the Third Age Trust.

Garden Safari July 2017

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Oberammergau Passion Play & Austrian Lake District: 15 to 21 June 2020

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Intrepid travellers of the Travel Group on their recent holiday in Italy

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What are the factors that should determine your right to retain your driving licence?”

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Britain on Film – archive films

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U3A Annual 2018 Diaries

U3A Annual 2018 Diaries are now available online from U3A (www.u3a.org.uk) at a cost of £2.50 each including shipping.

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All Saints’ Church Tudeley – polite request for advance notice

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