General Meeting 7th Dec 2015 Minutes

University of the Third Age Moraira-Teulada

Minutes of the Meeting held on 7th December 2015

At the Salon de Banquettes, Teulada

It is confirmed that the President and the Deputy Secretary attended this Monthly Meeting as voted in at the AGM on 1st December 2014.

Jill Cole welcomed everybody to this December Meeting. Jill explained the emergency procedures and said that the lift should not be used in the case of evacuation. It was requested that mobile phones were either turned off or put on silent. Jill thanked the U3A Band for coming in early to set up and play as members arrived.  Jill asked if everyone had collected their raffle ticket.

David Haxon read out the synopsis of the Minutes from the 2nd November Meeting. The full minutes had been posted on the Website and were proposed by Shirley Tuckey and seconded by Colin McNae. The minutes were approved by the members with a show of hands.

There were no matters arising from the minutes.

President’s Address.

Jill said that she had been to see the Drama Group’s panto Alice in Wonderland and said how much she had enjoyed it, and that the costumes were superb. She congratulated not only the actors but also the support they get from background people and the costume maker.

Another vote of thanks went to Carol Mantle and Ann Cattle for organising the trip to Barcelona. Jill said she had enjoyed it immensely as had the 52 other members, and that she hoped the Travel Group would arrange anther trip there next year.

Jill said that she had received a request from the Treasurer that wherever possible the members should bring the correct money when renewing their membership for 2016.

Lastly Jill thanked everybody on the Committee, the Group Leaders and the helpers for everything that they had done throughout 2015, to make our U3A so successful.

Jill hoped everyone would have a happy, healthy and festive Christmas wherever they were going to spend it and looked forward to seeing everyone in 2016.


Treasurer’s Report

On 2nd November 2015 we held the following amounts.



Deposit account


Current account


Cash in hand





2nd November

Renewals 3


New members 15




2nd November

Film Group Movies


Golf Group


Photography Group Exhibition


Dance Group Room Hire


Drama Group Costumes




Membership Sec stationery


Raffle & Speakers Gift


Salon Rent & Coffee


5th November

Bank Account Charges/Tax


12th November

Membership Cards


President – Printing Paper


14th November

Treasurer – stationery



On 7th December we hold the following amounts:



Deposit account


Current account


Cash in hand




Group Coordinator.

Shirley Baehr had no report to make but thanked all the Group Leaders for their work during the year, and the Group Members for supporting them. She wished all members a Happy Christmas and New Year.

Travel Group

Carol Mantle announced that there will be a trip to IKEA on 24th February 2016 at €10 per person.

Maserof Bodega on 16th March at the cost of €40 each which includes a six course meal and as much red wine as you can drink.

There will be a trip to Albaida and Bocairent, this is a repeated popular trip and will cost €30 including lunch.

Overnight Trips are:

A trip in February/March 2017 will go to Cambodia and Vietnam. The provisional cost of this is €2800 with a single supplement of €1000 and includes a mini cruise; for full details refer to the website.

A trip will be made to Croatia with a Cruise and Excursions from 10th – 30th September 2017. The provisional cost is €2400 pp and is based on 2016 prices so could be subject to change. Our U3A will occupy the whole boat.

Carol also announced that there will be a trip to Barcelona late next year.

Full details of all trips are available from the travel group and can be found on the Travel Webpage and on the display boards adjacent to the Travel Desk.

Cultural Arts. 

Beverly Stewart gave a brief outline of some of the many events planned for December in the local vicinity.

10th December – San Bartholomew in the Javea Pueblo at 9pm, and

16th December – Benitachell Church at 7pm, both being performed by the Costa Blanca Male Voice Choir.

11th December – Jazz at the Parador at 8.30pm

13th December – the Montgó Chorale at the Fisherman’s Church in Javea.

13th December – Auditori Teulada-Moraira presents Cinderella at 5pm.

14th December – Concerts Costa Blanca present Macbeth at the Valencian Opera House.

15th December – Auditori Teulada-Moraira presents The Jungle Book.

17th December – A traditional Carol Sevice from the U3A Calpe Choir.

19th December – Concerts Costa Blanca presents Handel’s Silla at the Valencian Opera House.

19th & 20th December – Auditori Teulada-Moraira presents the Moscow Ballet dancing Giselle at 7pm.

Also 21st & 22nd December the Moscow Ballet will perform Sleeping Beauty.

Also 26th December Christmas Concert of Dreams by the Young Orchestra of Alicante.

14th – 17th January the Careline Theatre presents their Panto, Aladdin at 8pm with matinees at 3pm on 16th & 17th.

As usual for full details of all events please refer to the U3A Moraira-Teulada website.

There was no report from Brian Nicholls the Members/Committee Liaison Officer.

As there was no other business, Jill introduced two members from the Creative Writing Group, who had written items appropriate for this time of year. Chris King read out two amusing poems that he had penned, and he was followed by Rosemary Sheppard who had written a short, up to date story about the original Christmas. Both were well received and were given a round of applause from the appreciative members.

This was followed by a short play from the members of the Drama Group, who had written it themselves. This was funny and enjoyed by the many members who had stayed after the business part of the meeting. Again they were given a round of applause for their efforts.

The raffle was drawn and was won by Margaret Staines and was for a €50 voucher for Pepe La Sal. As this was the Christmas Meeting two smaller prizes of €25 were presented to Raymond Atkins and Norman Benn.

Once again Jill thanked all the Groups who had performed for the members and said that the U3A Band would play  a few more numbers before everyone headed for home.

There was no further business and the meeting closed at around 11.45 a.m.

The next Monthly Meeting will be on 4th January 2016.