Other Group News
Growth of sub-groups (guidance offered)
Where it seems sensible to do so, larger groups have decided to split into smaller groups that can meet in members' homes.
Since the agenda is rather limited, the groups will probably meet for only a limited number of times before deciding to stop. Thereafter another small group may form. It is preferable for such groups to have a syllabus to follow, and an organizer prepared to issue and receive e-mails. An 'expert' is not essential but helps. They are essentially self help groups.
For example sub-groups of up to 8 members are now running under the organization of the 'Using New Technology' Group.
Sharing the leadership role:
As mentioned above some groups are establishing teams of members to help run their groups. This helps in several ways. The load on the nominated leader becomes less arduous, and there is backup if for any reason the leader is indisposed or seeks a change of role. The leadership sharers so far identified are:
Open Minds Mandy Newman, Ian Eversden
Astronomy Ian Symes, Peter Tribe
Photography David Wilson, Ian Eversden and Eddie Hyde
Cycling Bob Spackman, Sue Reeve
Creative Writing Tony Pratt, Ian Eversden
Contributiing to the Newsletter
Twice a year, Horsley U3A issues a Newsletter. Unlike the monthly Bulletin which concentrates on future events, the Newsletter features news of group activities during the previous six months or so. Examples include visits that group members have enjoyed, talks that have been given, the books that have been read, eperiences from which others may learn, the growth or reduction in numbers attending, the problems encountered and so on.
Authors (who do not have to be the group's leader) are invited to submit copy for the Newsletter in March for the Spring issue and in September for the Autumn issue. The text should be interesting enough to engage the attention of the reader and if possible accompanied by a photo.
East Horsley Village Hall