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U3A's legal helpline service, provided by Arc Legal Assistance,can be accessed by any member on 0344 770 1040 quoting U3A Legal Helpline.
Surrey U3A Network offer a varied study day programme held at Menuhin Hall, Stoke D'Abernon on the third Friday of the month . The study days are open to all U3A members. Click here for a list of upcoming study days.
Friday 13th December
We were entertained by Malcolm Wells who talked of his time as an Army musician including playing in Buckingham Palace and also of his time as a speaker for Canine Partners which provides dogs for disabled people. He had us in stitches some of the time; he was very funny and had lots of jibes at the other services – Air Force and Navy - speaking as Army personnel.
He has reported back that members donated the sum of £25.30 to 'Literacy in a Box' which will be used to purchase school equipment to be sent to the 41 schools currently supported in Zambia.
Malcolm, who has an MBE for services to charity, asks if members are aware of any other groups or organisations that may wish to receive a presentation by him, please do pass on his contact details:
Did you miss the recent Flower Festival held in St Mark's Church?
The theme was "Around the World and Beyond", and not only were there many high quality flower arrangements there was a display of artwork by our U3A Friday painting groups, drawings by children from the St Marks & All Saints Primary School and other groups. Unusually, there was also an interesting display of beautiful models of some of Godalming's historic buildings by Colin Martin. The Festival was opened by the Mayor of Waverley and the weekend finished with a Songs of Praise service led by the curate of Godalming Parish.
Milford U3A is looking for a membership coordinator. The responsibilites include maintaining the membership base during the year when there is little activity. It should be pointed out that the only time of major activity is during the renewal period every summer. At this busy time there is a team of four extra helpers which makes the task very easy. Many hands etc!
The Beacon computer programme is used which was specifically written for the national U3A and is very user friendly.
Merlin Genealogy Solutions are holding a study day in Ashstead, Surry on Thursday 26 March 2020.
This will be held at Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, Wood Lane, Ashted, KT21 2BE.
There will be four speakers on the topics:
- Victorian Life Upstairs and Downstairs
- Irish Ancestry
- Who do you think they were - Discovering the lives and experiences of our ancestors
- A Burden on the Parish - Sources for the History of Poor Relief in Surrey
Tickets £14.00, available only online from www.merlingenealogysolutions.com.
Time: 10:00 - 14:00, Registration from 9:30. Light refreshments will be available but delegates must make their own arrangements for lunch.
This week is Dyslexia Awareness Week so it was rather apposite to have a speaker on Dyslexia today. Hazel Radnor from The Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity gave us a talk and explained both the pros and cons of this learning disability.
Many of the audience were interested for personal reasons and rather shockingly Hazel told us that schools do not have to educate teachers how to recognise and help with this.
Dyslexia is often hereditary and has distinct advantages with many having enhanced creativity and spatial awareness and also many entrepreneurs are dyslexic.
Hazel told us one way to help with reading is to use calibri font and have a background of cream / yellow.
The tea and cakes afterwards with everyone getting to gether to chat was - as usual - good too.
Barbara Broad - Speaker Organiser
For further information see: www.helenarkell.org.uk
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