January Meeeting

Looe & District U3A Monthly Meeting on 8 January 2020.

Chair, Christine Barwell, welcomed a full hall of members and wished them a Happy New Year. The usual fire safety and mobile phone requests were carried out. Members were also requested to park as neatly as possible at each meeting. Chris outlined next month’s meeting which would be the AGM and the start of our New Year. She requested more nominees for the Committee, forms for which were on the front table. An email had already been circulated to members regarding this together with Agenda and the previous AGM Minutes. Please check your email address with Membership Secretary, Frances, if you have not received this email. There is also a proposal from the Committee to increase the annual subscriptions to £15 from £14 mainly due to the increase in the hall charge. There will be a vacancy for Business Secretary and a new post for Groups’ Coordinator.

3 June 2020 is National U3A Day and ideas are been formulated as to what the Group will do. Please see website http://www.u3a.org.uk

The Group has been invited to the dress rehearsal of the Polbathic Pantomime on Thursday 23 January 7 – 7.30 p.m. Please put your name on the front table list if you wish to attend.

Social Events:

Annual Dinner at the Hannafore Point Hotel on Saturday 1 February 7 – 7.30 p.m. with entertainment by the Lounge Lizards. Tickets £21/£25 for 2/3 courses on sale today only. Rosemary Robinson is hoping to arrange a coach to the Theatre Royal to see the Birmingham Ballet performing Swan Lake later in the year and will give more details later.

Group News:

Sing at 7 has changed its day and time. It will recommence on Fridays at 2 p.m. at Marilyn and Peter’s home at West Looe

Community Announcements:

Peter King on behalf of Nick Bailey – Looe during WW2 at the Sardine Factory on Thursday 16 January 11 a.m. to 3 pm.
Looe Old Cornwall Society meet this Saturday at St. Martins Hall at 2. 30 p.m.Speaker Brian Oldham on Cornish Miners. Dot Dunning – Lanreath Live Lounge on Sunday 23 February at the Millpool 3 – 4 pm. for local musicians etc. £4. on the door, to include refreshments. Book a slot through Helen on helenwhitemusic.co.uk. It is hoped to repeat this every two months if enough support. Marilyn King – Looe community Players present “Jack and the Beanstalk” at the Millpool 16 – 18 January. Tickets £6 adults and children £3.50. Please see Marilyn.

Membership Secretary- Frances Bailey requested members to let her know names of friends etc. who were not attending our Group any more to help reduce our large waiting list. She could then check these members herself.

Following the raffle by Rosemary Robinson and the coffee break Mr. Ian Gasper gave a very in depth talk about the work of the Devon and Cornwall Refugee Support Group of which he is a fund raiser based in Plymouth. He described in great detail the numbers of people mainly from Africa and the Middle Eastern Countries who arrive in our country seeking help. The Group offers impartial advice and work closely with health services, solicitors, local charities and Plymouth City Council. The Group receives no Government help.

Their aim is to promote independence, prevent destitution and encourage integration into the local community. The Red Cross refer a great number of these migrants. In the year ending June 2019 around 6,000 people were issued with refugee family reunion visas, and over 2,000 unaccompanied asylum-seeking children received grants of protection or alternative forms of leave.

An asylum seeker is someone who is seeking international protection but whose claim for refugee status has not yet been determined. In contrast, a refugee is someone who has been recognised under the 1951 Convention relating to the status of refugees to be a refugee. He was thanked by Karin Masson.

Next month’s meeting is the AGM and Update on Looe by Mayor Martin Gregory.

Ian Gasper – January Speaker