November Report

Monthly Meeting Report for 13 November 2019.

Chair, Christine Barwell, was delighted to see so many attending the November monthly meeting. The usual safety regulations were complied with and the new loop p.a. system was working well. The new Newsletter had been distributed to members and Yvonne Toms was warmly thanked for all her hard work in its production. Laurie Watson, our IT organiser, is hoping to email it to members not attending the meeting.

Chairman’s News:

Sadly U3A’s Looe Valley Group has officially closed. However it is hoped that a meeting will be held in January 2020, with the help of the S.W. Regional Co-ordinator, to try and reconvene this Group. Our Group must spread this information and encourage proactive people to get involved to help restart a new Group.

February 2020 Meeting is our AGM and we need more members to join our Committee, particularly secretarial positions. We have relatively short Committee Meetings, with refreshments, which are quite enjoyable and well run.

Chris Barwell and Rosemary Robinson kinsly represented us at the Remembrance Morning last Sunday. The £25. for the wreath goes to the British Legion.

Website. Laurie Watson would like members to visit our new site http://www.looeu3a.org and view all the information that he has input.

Group’s News:

Rosemary Robinson’s Book Club meet on the third Thursday of each month at her Duloe home and this month “Red Joan” will be discussed. She has a good number in in her informal Group but new members are very welcome . The same applies to her Tennis Group. Wendy Smith, the new Fabulous Foodies Group meet every six weeks at various member’s homes and new members are welcome. Poppy Warsi’s Asian Food group is also progressing well and cooking with vegetables and spices is the next on the menu.

Tickets on Sale this month:

“U3A’s Got Talent” on the 30 November 7 pm. at St. Martins Hall tickets £2. bring your own drinks and snacks. Should be a fun evening with an ‘open mike’ session as well. Coach to Tavistock Dickensian Evening on 6 December tickets £7. Our next monthly meeting will be our Christmas Lunch at the Portbyhan Hotel, West Looe, on Wednesday 11 December -12 for 12.30 p.m.tickets £20. to incude entertainment. Obviously there will be no meeting at St. Martins Hall that day. Tickets on Sale in January 2020 will be our Annual Dinner on the 1 February at the Hannafore Point Hotel. More details at our January Meeting.

Community Announcements:

Alison Currah – Tudor Players are producing “39 Steps” at the Public Hall Council Chambers on Friday 22 November tickets £6. Marilyn King – Community Panto at the Millpool Centre – Jack and the Beanstalk. January 16 – Saturday 18th. St. Martins Hall Christmas Fayre Saturday 16 November. Christmas Craft Day and workshop at the Millpool Centre on Saturday 30 November all day. Free admission, small charge for workshop materials. Paula Roy – Looe Boat Owners – at the Looe Sailing Club on Thursday 21 November at 7.30 p.m. Fun wine tasting evening with a twist. £6. members £7. to non members. Ann Watson – RNLI Carol Concert at St. Martins Hall 6 December 7 for 7.30 p.m. tickets £7. to include refreshments.

Following Rosemary Robinson’s raffle, Speaker Lucy Simister gave a very energetic and colourful insight into the life of Charles Babbage (1791/2 – 1871) an English polymath and originated the concept of a digital programmable computer besides numerous other inventions. His father was a very wealthy London banker. Charles Babbage was a mathematician, philosopher, inventor and mechanical engineer. He was educated mainly at home as a child due to ill health before going to Cambridge University. His associates include Brunel, Faraday, Herschel and Ada Lovelace believed to be the first computer programmer.
Please see the Web for full information on this remarkable man. Following her talk Lucy was warmly thanked by Peter King.

Members were advised again that there will be no meeting at St. Martins hall on Wednesday 11 December as we are having our Christmas Lunch at the Portbyhan Hotel.