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September - October U3A is the premier movement for informal life-long learning



Burnham-on-Sea U3A (Charity No 1068271) Honorary President Ken Hindle Telephone 787831 or email: kenhindle<a> Web-site:

Committee Chairman – Harriet Browne chairman<a> 795258 Treasurer - Les Hughes treasurer<a> 01934 612085 Secretary - Geoff Banham secretary<a> 787003 Website, Magazine Editor - Harriet Browne 795258 editor<a>

Groups Coordinators &V/C Brenda Dibley



Mag Distrib’r & Gift Aid - Margaret Budden



Coffee Morning & Refreshments Chris Owen



Community Centre Rep & V/C – Paul Hambleton 788452 Facebook Admin - Gail Norton gail<a> 780319 Data Controller - Gary Locock datacontrol<a> Other Committee members Judith Betts, 323916 Mary O’Rourke mary<a> 07742 497876 Pat Cross , minutes<a> 01934 750476

Member Key Roles Day Trips Organiser – Gerry Richards/Carole Ransome Speaker Organiser - Kath Hoyland Membership Sec’y & Archivist - Veronica Richardson NSAU3As Representatives Gary Locock Welcome & New Members Liaison - Rachel Rowse & team Holidays Organisers - Lynn & Richard Matthews Equipment Officer Linda Sadler equipment<a>


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Coffee Morning Serving Rota

2nd September End of the Pier 9th September Gardening 16th September Keep Fit 23rd September Latin 30th September Luncheon Club 7th October Luncheon Club 2 14th October Needlework 21st October Opera Appreciation 28th October Painting for Pleasure Coffee is served until 11:15 Swaps may be made by mutual agreement between groups but please let Chris Owen know on 784500 before the day.


Welcome and New Members Liaison Rachel Rowse would like to make it clear she is still sending messages to all members who are ill. With grateful thanks to Heather Major for the lovely cards which she has made for us Please make all new members feel welcome, especially at the Coffee Mornings (when we can resume them) where it can be daunting walking into a room where everyone seems to know everyone. If you know of anybody who is ill, or who would appreciate a card, do please let us know. Thank you. Rachel Rowse Tel. 792618

-oOoDisclaimer: The inclusion of advertisements in this Magazine does not imply endorsement by the U3A of the companies placing the advertising.


Message from the Editor Hi all, life is beginning to get back to what we were used to. The Community Centre is now open both for Groups and for the Thursday Coffee Morning. There are the usual restrictions on mask wearing and social distancing, but it all seems to be going well. We are returning to our evening socials and other meetings next month, see details within. The Day Trips have resumed, see the lovely pictures from Gerry on our centre pages. There is a picture of most of our new Committee on the back page, apologies to Gail who wasn’t there for that meeting. I have had several reports from Groups about what they do and why you might consider joining. I would very much appreciate more such for future editions. Not with actual dates, these would probably be in the past by the time the magazine is printed . Any changes or updates to more urgent Group notices will be on the website as soon as I am informed about them. Even if you don’t have a computer, this should be accessible on a smartphone, which a great many of our members seem to have these days ☺ Burnham has been crowded with visitors recently, despite the variable weather. But the schools go back at the beginning of September, so some at least of the crowds will go. And hopefully the covid rate in Sedgemoor will drop too. The next magazine will (I hope) be out in November to cover the run-up to Christmas. Harriet Browne 6

U3A NEWS Getting up to date Following a recent survey of members it became apparent that our records are not up to date, many have not informed us of change of telephone number or address. Would everyone please remember to do this via or direct to 789540. If you know of a member who has changed details would you please, with their permission, also inform us. Thursday Coffee Mornings We are now back at the Community Centre, with some restrictions. The cost of a coffee or tea and biscuits is £1, a small rise on the previous price made necessary by circumstances. Return of Friday Evening Socials We are expecting to resume the monthly Cheese and Wine Socials on 24th September, the 4th Friday, as it used to be. Group Leaders Meeting This will be on September 10th , all Group Leaders are invited to attend to help catch up after the enforced ‘gap’. We appreciate all you have done, and will be interested in how things will proceed in the future Open Day. Burnham’s U3A is holding an open day on Friday 17th September. This is a chance for people not currently in the U3A to come along and find out what groups and activities the U3A can offer to retired and semi-retired people. It is being held at the Burnham Community Centre from 5pm to 8 pm. Contact Brenda Davis or Chris Owen for more details.


Burnham on Sea U3A Facebook Group. Group Name: Burnham on Sea u3a Welcome to the launch of our new Facebook Group. We have all experienced great change and challenges over the past 10 months. During this time all of us have learnt new skills and as an organisation we have learnt the importance of looking after each other and ensuring we use every method possible to make our communication systems work for all. Using technology to keep in touch is a skill many of us have improved, whether it is to order our online shopping or keep in touch with relatives, we have discovered that age is no barrier to learning new skills. In light of this we have now launched a new Facebook Group to provide a new medium for those of us who are happy to use it to share information and keep in touch. It is a private group, open only to members of the Burnham u3a. On joining you will be asked to confirm you are a member of Burnham on Sea u3a as well as agreeing to very basic rules, such as being kind to each other. Please use the group to publicise the groups you run, or belong to, tell us about what you’ve been doing or advertise any future events. If you know about anything of interest to our members, for example something happening in our area, you are welcome to mention it. We expect members to avoid contentious issues, such as politics; there are other Facebook groups for that! Gail Norton


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Across 1) A season 2) Son of a Queen 8) Eldest 10) Fisherman 11) Contaminate 12) Compass point 13) Opposite of short 15) 31st October 17 Places where they make beer 20) Place to unload ships 21) Jump 22) Sphere of activity 24) Lure 25) Talented 26) Zoo worker 27) Medieval court fool

Down 1) Spade 2) Salad vegetable 3) Bird’s home 5) Money for lodgings 6) Admiral Lord ---7) Infuriate 9) Place mats, cutlery etc 10) Replying 13) Delay leaving 14) Parallel 16) Squeak 17) Fight as at Waterloo 18) Seven piece band 19) 8-legger arachnid 22) Land measure 23) Assistant

Veronica Richardson

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Group News LIGHT-HEARTED LATIN …………. do those words make you grimace, remembering seemingly endless lessons, drearily chanting Latin verbs? Or were you, like me, lucky enough to have an inspiring teacher who shared his love of language ? Maybe you never had the chance to learn Latin and feel you missed out? I would like to start a group to learn or refresh Latin. We won’t follow a specific school textbook but use a wide variety of resources. Along the way, each week, we will look at Roman history, inventions and influence, as well as the ways in which Latin is still very much part of the modern world. We will meet weekly on Monday afternoons at 2: at the Community Centre. So, if you are interested in a friendly, fun way to learn Latin, please contact me, Mary O’Rourke, on 07742497876 or via email VILLAGES1 We happily restarted our outings in July with a lunch at the Packhorse Inn at mark, and a very interesting visit to the church next door. We have operated as a group for about 14 years with very little change in members. Unfortunately, in the past couple of years our numbers have sadly dwindled and we now operate as just a social group. This is largely due to age, driving, and also having been to most of the outer reaches of Somerset. All this has been most pleasant, and now we intend to concentrate on close-to-home places with good eating. So if any enterprising person would lie to start anew to explore the many, many lovely small places of Somerset, I can offer help and books etc to get going. It is a beautiful and very varied county well worth the effort to explore, learn and enjoy. Chris Lessey 10

HOLIDAY GROUP We are intending to resume our travel programme in 2022, subject to government guidelines. We have provisional bookings for Norwich and Norfolk in April, and a Holly and Mistletoe Trip in early November 2022. We intend to begin distributing booking forms in September for our Norwich trip. Please watch the Notice Board at the Community Centre Coffee Morning on Thursdays for proposed itinerary and further details. Lynn and Richard Mathews Holiday Group Organisers TUNELESS CHOIR Group Leader now Marilyn Nicholls The first meeting will be at the Community Centre Wednesday 11th August 2-4pm Cost £2 each.. This fee covers Rent for the room and and any CDs or printing required Marilyn's contact number 01278 780020 U3A SERENDIPITY SINGERS The group is a fun singing group that has in the past performed at afternoon senior citizens’ clubs and in residential homes. They are now likely to be working towards putting on public concerts in the local area. The group sings mainly in three parts, sopranos, altos and men. They are planning to start rehearsing again on Monday 6th September, in the afternoon at St Andrew’s Church Hall. New members are welcome, especially if you have a low singing voice; if you are interested please email or ring Brian Foakes on 07971 164484. How the Covid pandemic is going will decide on whether the group initially practise in one or two groups; Brian will contact group members at the start of September to confirm what is happening. 11

Membership Renewals Can we thank you, and all our loyal members who have taken the extra trouble of renewing under Pandemic conditions. Let’s not forget Veronica either, our hard-working Membership Secretary. Normally she has a team to help her with subscriptions in the Community Centre, but this year, apart from the online renewals, she has done it all herself, at home, with the additional faff of sending out cards by post. She sends her special thanks to everyone who remembered to enclose a SAE, which made her task significantly easier. We held on till the very last minute, but sadly we have had to remove around 100 names from the Membership List because of subscriptions remaining unpaid. This is because our Third Age Trust (TAT) subscription is calculated as £3.50 for every member listed on 31st March, regardless of whether they have paid or not. (Next year it goes up, to £4.00) So the people concerned won’t receive this Bulletin, nor any more Magazines. If you are a Group Leader who uses Beacon for emails to your members, bear in mind that your list might have shrunk because of this. Needless to say, Veronica has now changed gear and is collecting the 2021-2 subscriptions. Here is a reminder of the payment options: You can pay: Online using a credit or debit card via PayPal. To do this, log on to the Members Portal from our website (it’s the big button labelled “CHECK YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION OR GET MORE DETAILS ABOUT GROUPS By post: a cheque direct to Veronica: Mrs V Richardson, 5 Cowan Close, Burnham-on-Sea TA8 2TG Cheques should be payable to Burnham U3A; a stamped addressed envelope will be greatly appreciated. For most members the subscription remains at £11.00, but if you are a paidup member of another U3A you qualify for £3.50 off (what we call ‘Dual Membership.’) It happens because the TAT subscription, a lot of which goes on insurance and licences, is only levied once, irrespective of how many U3As you belong to. Please use the Membership Renewal Form if you possibly can, as this allows you to sign for Gift Aid if you are a taxpayer. Margaret Budden does a sterling job with this every year, and it supplements our Subscription income to the tune of several hundred pounds.


U3A DAY TRIP TO WEYMOUTH 23rd July 2021 Our longed for first trip of the year and the first since February 2020. The trip had been booked for some time and we all had our fingers crossed that there would be no further cancellations. Weymouth was as beautiful as ever, very busy, sun, blue sea, golden sands but some of us struggled in the 80 degree plus temperatures. However there were plenty of shady spots to enjoy a coffee, lunch etc., Blakes Coaches with whom we have travelled for several years were pleased to see us back on board and reassured us about our safety with a new air purifying system and rigorous cleaning before and after trips. One unusual sight offshore was several ocean cruise liners “parked up” pending restarting their cruises. We were told that there were “skeleton” crews on board to maintain the ships. Apparently these ships are dotted all around the south coast at present. Weymouth has plenty to offer visitors, a safe long sandy beach for families and lots of independent shops and cafes.



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U3A DAY TRIPS VISIT TO SIDMOUTH 4th August 2021 Our annual visit to the Sidmouth Folk Festival was again much anticipated, although there were fewer street acts the atmosphere was exciting with stalls along the sea front and street performances on the promenade and around the town. Again we had glorious weather, perfect for a day at the seaside, warm and sunny with a gentle breeze. Sidmouth still manages to have an air of gentility however busy it gets. A few of us had coffee on the terrace of The Belmont Hotel and returned there for lunch later, highly recommended. We followed that with a trip along the Jurassic coast on one of the Stuart Lines boats, an ideal day to view Sidmouth from the sea and learn more about the erosion along this World Heritage status coastline. We are going on another trip with Stuart Line on 13th September when we take the boat from Topsham to Exmouth. Ice cream and afternoon tea rounded off a perfect day out.


JUST A BOY My afternoon nap starts at 10am But I am still just a boy What took 3 minutes now takes 3 days But I am still just a boy I have pains in places that I did not even know existed But I am still just a boy The toilet seems to get even further away But I am still just a boy The floor is further away now and getting up even further But I am still just a boy I can only get halfway up the stairs without resting But I am still just a boy Then at halfway I forget whether I was going up or down But I am still just a boy I have learnt a new dance taking my trousers off But I am still just a boy My neighbour's name eludes me But I am still just a boy I find a leak but not necessarily on a tap But I am still just a boy I still watch Doctor Who and Star Trek SO I MUST SURELY STILL BE JUST A BOY It’s taken 50 years to accumulate my nest egg I hope my fledglings enjoy it. Philip Hemming

-oOo"Geology for Walkers". Written by a geologist, walker and fellow u3a member, it is constructed as a 'companion for the scientifically curious' - rather than as a textbook - and aimed at the outdoor enthusiast / hobby geologist interested in learning more about, and developing a deeper appreciation for, the geological story around them. Link to the Amazon bookstore page. Steve Peacock 17

When I was in secondary school….. boys were expected to have short hair although girls could grow theirs. It’s wrong, but just how it was. I do remember a friend of mine being told off for the highlighted hair which looked really lovely. Why did anyone’s hair length affect an ability to learn. In those days (I was born in 1958) there was the idea that girls did cookery and boys did metalcraft or woodwork, odd but just accepted. Or was it? A close friend of mine always wore his hair long and refused to cut it, Blond, clean tidy hair, why not? Badgered and bothered by teachers, one of whom hit my pal around the head with a book. Strange method of education but many teachers were good educators and some were not. My friend had and still does have strong sense of loyalty to those who fell in two world wars. One was his Grandfather who died at Monte Cassino and one of his Uncles (Father and Son of same names) died for his country and as recently found out is buried in France). This long haired lad knew his war history and family history. He informed his teacher, or possibly head of year that members of his family died to give us freedom. He said that surely freedom to have long hair should be of choice, not some seemingly silly rule. Whatever you feel about war, or indeed hair style I believe my friend was correct, he was never bothered again about it! I cannot help but wonder, were those annoying teachers elated at the skinhead fashion, or the bright Mohican of the punk era? Who knows, but individuality is now encouraged. There are no little books that show little Janet helps mummy in the kitchen and John helps Daddy with the car. Still, we got by. Men and women can always work together as U3A is a perfect example. Thank you for reading my true story. Name supplied


English Rose The English rose has as many meanings and heartfelt messages as it has tightly curled fragrant velvet petals . Its colours challenge the rainbow and the sunset in glowing radiant hue, from purest white, through pastel pink, delicate as a fairy wing, to fiery orange, deep crimson and golden yellow, sculptured from sunbeams. Its perfume permeates the evening air, filling the room with delicate incense, whenever they are captivated and plunged into water, transforming sorrow to joy and alleviating cares. Its enduring beauty celebrates arrivals of new arrivals to the human race and adorns the funeral casket with reverence and peace as they depart. Its trailing tendrils caress the white lace of the bride as she makes her way slowly down the aisle to change her life forever, and tiny pink buds nestle in golden curls of impatient bridesmaids, anxious to be released from their unfamiliar responsibilities, to enjoy the excitement of the party which is sure to follow. A single red rose can say “I love you” to an unsuspecting Valentine, or equally poignantly bid farewell to a much loved friend as it is tossed into the gaping hole in the earth, soon to be deprived of light or air as the soil covers it. A rose on a card can speak volumes as it is said to climb the wall into the sunshine and still grow beyond the wall separating us from those we love. Many songs have been written about roses, Mario Lanza’s Rose of Picardy, about the undying rose he keeps in his heart, 18 Yellow Roses, sent from a distanced lover, Blue Roses echoing sadness and Moonlight and Roses keeping memories alive down through the years. Robbie Burns sonnet “My love is like a red, red rose, newly sprung in June” expresses his love and appreciation of his beloved’s beauty. The rose was the motif in Tudor times, revered during the wars of the Roses, red for Lancaster and white for York as the Plantagenets battled for supremacy on the fierce medieval theatre of war. A rose garden can equally be seen as a place of peace and tranquillity, echoed in the song warning a suitor that “he begs her pardon, but he never promised her a rose garden”.


Our gardens would be impoverished without our English roses, whether climbing and transforming ugly fences into curtains of blooms, or standing proudly, their stems dark and spiked, warning the gatherer to take care as we snip their choicest flowers. Many a winding country lane has the monotony of its hedges interspersed with delicate petals of palest pink, thrusting their faces to the sunlight, undeterred by the thick undergrowth in its way. Beauty always finds a way of conquering ugliness, sorrow and pain, lifting the soul in this precious gift of creation. Kathy Davis

----------------------------------------------------------------------Crossword Answers Across : 1) Spring, 2) Prince, 8) Oldest , 9) Angler, 11) Taint, 12) East, 14) Long , 15) Halloween, 17) Breweries, 20) Quay, 21) Leap, 22) Arena, 24) Entice, 23) Gifted, 26) Keeper, 27) Jester. Down: 1) Shovel, 2) Radish, 3) Nest, 5) Rent, 6) Nelson, 7) Anger, 9) Tableware 10) Answering, 13) Tarry, 14) Level, 16) Squeal 17) Battle, 18) Septet 19) Spider, 22) Acre, 23) Aide.




Contact no.

Active Living

Janet Hill & Ken Hindle Harriet Browne

Janet: 782337 795258

Barn Dancing

David Napper


Book 1

Anne Morris


Book 3

Diane Cruickshank


Brush Strokes

Sue Meads



Pat Reid


Card Making

Heather Major


Cine – Francais

Terrance Lever


Classical Music 1

Roy West



Classical Music 2 Classical Music 3 Classical Music Groups 4&5

Meeting details 1st Friday, 10 am every 4th Tuesday 10.30 – 12.00 Every 2nd, 4th & 5th Thursday 2 – 4 pm Every 3rd Friday, 2- 4 pm Last Thurs of the month 2- 4 Fridays, 9.30 – 12.00 Every Wednesday 2- 4


1st & 3rd Wednesday 2-4 Contact for details



Methodist Church Hall Private address CC


2nd & 4th Private Monday, 2 address – 4 pm Ken Henton 641278 1st & 3rd Private Monday, 2 address – 4 pm Rod Winfield 238583 2nd & 4th Private Wed, address 2 – 4pm No up-to-date information on these groups at time of going to print. Contact Groups Coordinator.


Classical Music 6 ( Opera ) Coffee Mornings

Contact Groups Coordinator

Chris Owen


Creative Writing Dancing at the Ritz

Kim Lewis


Jeannie McVicar

07909 883553

Day Trips

Gerry Richards Heather Major


End of the Pier

Sarah Streeton


Exercise to Music French 1 Beginners

David Napper Gary Locock


French 2

Colette Winfield Geoff Banham Robert Bridges Robert Bridges


Linda Sadler & Chris Owen Lynn & Richard Matthews Rosemary Lane Mary O’Rourke Frank Parker

782894 Linda: (Fri 2 -4 pm)

Contact for details


Contact for details


Thursday 11 - 12 Contact for details 3rd Thursday


French 3 French 4 French – La Table Francaise Gardening Club Holiday Group

Keep Fit Latin Luncheon Club



07766 670737 641853 641853

07742 497876 795974


Every Thursday morning 1st Friday, 10 - 12 Every Tuesday 2-4 Contact for details Alt Thursdays 10 - 12 Every Tuesday, 2 - 4pm


Every Friday 10 – 11am Wednesday s, 2.30 – 4pm Thursdays, 10 – 11 am Tuesday 10 - 11 am Friday 10 11.30 Monday 11 – 12.30


CC Ritz Club




CC CC CC St Dunstan’s Pub


Luncheon Club 2

Maria Tucker



Valerie Groombridge Jane Lee


Margaret Budden


Patchwork 2

Hillary Nicholls



Roger Miller



Rod Winfield


Scrabble 2

Kath Hoyland


Serendipity Singers

Anne Hall Brian Foakes

789001 07971 164484

Somerset Villages Somerset Villages Strollers

Chris Lessey


Liz Claydon


Margaret Budden


Supper Club

Christine & Allen Owen


Supper Club 2

Maria Tucker


Table Tennis 1

John Robinson Martin Davies

787200 783012

Painting for Pleasure Patchwork 1




2nd Monday, 12.30 Friday 2 - 4


Every Wed CC 10 - 12 Every CC Tuesday 2-4 2nd & 4th CC Wednesday 10- 12 Alternate Private Thursdays address 10.30 - 12 Contact for details Contact Groups Coordinator 1st Monday, 2-4 Every Monday : two sessions 2.30 – 3.20 / 3.30 – 4.20 Contact for details Contact for details Saturdays, 10.15 am


Last Wednesday evening Every 3rd Thurs, 6.30 pm


Every Wednesday 2 – 4 pm

Bay Club

St Andrews Church Hall

Meet at CC


Table Tennis 4

Carol Marriott

Table Tennis 5

Carol Marriott

Table Tennis Beginners

Peter Manning



Tuneless Choir


Terry Smith

01934 615987


Jean Fincken & Christine Preston Rachel Rowse

787027 780488

Laraine Bridges


Welcome Group



Every Tue 9.30 – 10.30 Alternate Saturdays 10.30 -11.30 1st & 3rd Sat 10.30 – 11.30 Every 2nd Wed 2.00 – 4.00 Every Monday 10 – 12 2st Wednesday 3rd Thursday Every Thursday morning Every Tuesday 10.30 midday

Baptist Church Hall As above

As above





Note: Please contact Group Leaders for up-to-date information on where and when groups will be able to safely re-start

CC = Community Centre






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