September 2022 Main Meeting

In commemoration of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the meeting stopped for a one-minute silence.

Alison Currah (Chair) welcomed the 69 members attending the meeting and thanked them for coming. She welcomed new member Penny Walters and guests and asked existing members to make them welcome. She also thanked the greeters, ticket sellers, entry team and others for their help. The Summer lunch had been a great success on a very warm summers day and in early Septembers there had been a good visit to Looe Valley Vineyard.
All members attending the meeting received a letter advising them the committee have decided to abolish the waiting list and those people on the list would be invited to join Looe & District u3a in time to attend the October meeting. She explained the rationale behind the decision and emphasised for this to work, members would need to confirm attendance at main meetings to control the numbers allowed in the hall, due to fire and safety restrictions.
This was also, she explained, in line with the u3a guiding principle of avoiding waiting lists.
A new policy on safeguarding had been approved by the committee and that along with the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy were available at the meeting for members to persuse and these would also be available on our website.

Alison outlined the number of forthcoming events for which tickets were available. The Chair added that events can now be paid for using our new a card machine. Events include:
* Quiz night and fish & chip supper, * Trip to the royal ballet, * Jazz night, * Tavistock Dickensian evening and the Christmas lunch.
In Groups & Community News Alison explained that a new Science group had been successfully launched. Also, a Bridge beginners’ class was being planned for October.
The Film Club, Music Appreciation, Tunes in the Afternoon, Poetry and Ukulele were all restarting.
The Call my Bluff evening on 11th November to help raise funds for Looe Lifeboats was promoted. In addition, tickets for Pelynt MVC with Looe Valley Singers, for St Petroc’s charity for the homeless were available and finally, a Moonlight Memory walk at the Lost Gardens of Heligan, was announced. Further details can be found by
contacting the relevant group leader or on the website.
Yvonne Toms, Speaker Secretary, then introduced our speaker for the morning, Paul Rendell who gave a very informative talk on Bodmin moor. Following questions, Yvonne thanked him on behalf of the membership.

Next month the speaker will be Pamela Vass who will be talking about the suffragette movement in the south west.
The meeting closed at 12.05pm