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jean hogg

U3A Trustee for the East Midlands - Spring 2019 Newsletter

I have now been a Trustee for seven months and this is my third Newsletter. It is so fantastic learning about all the activities going on in our Region, both in individual U3As and in the various Networks. So many of you work incredibly hard to ensure that the learning and laughter to be found in U3A continues to enhance the lives of so many.

This newsletter and the previous two newsletters can be read in full from the News tab

the winners

Leicestershire & Rutland Inter U3A Quiz Night

Fourteen teams from the Leicestershire & Rutland Group of U3As took part in a highly successful, fun quiz evening on 26th March 2019, organised by South Leicestershire U3A at the Conservative Club, Market Harborough.  Bob Morris was quiz master, taking team members through his 8 rounds of questions, encompassing his own take on life and sense of humour.  Homemade cake (some of it made by our own Bake Off celebrity, Frances Quinn) and drinks helped the grey matter to keep working.

Winners pictured left, more information on the Leicestershire & Rutland  website.

U3A Trustee for the East Midlands

I am delighted to have been elected as your Trustee for the next three years. I know how hard everyone works to support the U3A in many ways and I look forward to being part of that process.
I have been a member of the U3A for eleven years and for much of that time I have been a committee member, having been Chair of Southwell U3A for three years as well as being Groups Coordinator at Southwell and Keyworth. I was also involved with the Notts Network for several years, being Chair for two.
It feels really good to know that I can now contribute to all the Networks in the Region and I know that together we will be able to further improve the lives of those in their third age, with learning, laughter and fulfilment. I know I have a lot to learn, so please do not expect me to know everything, but I look forward to getting to know you all and about the things you hope to achieve.

Jean Hogg, September 2018

About the Region

Recent  website additions

Apr 2019 - Region - Shared Learning and Research Projects added.
Apr 2019 - News - Spring 2019 Newsletter added, plus the previous two newsletters.
Sep 2018 - News - Regional Trustee for the East Midlands..
U3As are organised into Regions in England, and into countries for Scotland, Wales, and Ireland.  The East Midlands Region comprises the counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland, Lincolnsmaphire, Northamptonshire, and Nottinghamshire.

The Region has two fundamental purposes:

1. To enable U3As to work together to help them meet their objectives (learning, recreation and companionship) – by cooperative activities usually involving discussion and sharing of experiences.
Read about  Shared Learning and Research Projects under the Region tab.

2. To ensure U3As have the opportunities to propose and vote for their representative on the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Third Age Trust.  The Regional Trustee provides a means of communication to the NEC.  
Read about the role of Regional Trustee under the Region tab.

Because of its geographical size the Region has divided itself into five County Networks of U3As (with Leicestershire and Rutland operating as one).   Find out more about the U3As and their Networks under the U3As and Networks tabs. 

You might like to have a look at the websites for the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire Networks to see what they do and their latest news.

The Region and Networks are about U3As (and their members) doing things together. 

About the U3A

In the UK the U3A is a movement which provides opportunities for retired and semi-retired people to participate in learning activities both educational and recreational.  It also provides companionship.   There are over 1000 U3As in the UK with over 365,000 members and each, under the umbrella of the Third Age Trust, is independently operated. The range of activities in each one is up to the members to decide and provide.

U3As provide a wonderful opportunity for retired and semi-retired people to enrich their lives by learning new skills and developing new interests. To Learn Laugh and Live is the aim of all members. Each U3A is a “university” of people, who come together to share and pursue learning in all its forms.   It is also a member of The Third Age Trust (TAT), which is the national support and advisory body and to whose aims and guiding principles every U3A member adheres.

To learn more  about the TAT aims and guiding principles follow this link to the TAT website- Vision and Mission.