Minutes Meeting 7th Jan 2019

University of the Third Age Moraira-Teulada

Minutes of the Monthly Meeting held on

7th January 2019 at Salon G.L., Teulada

at 11:00

It is confirmed that the President and the Secretary attended the meeting as voted in at the AGM on 7th March 2018.

David Haxon, the President welcomed all members to the meeting, especially the 49 new members which, together with the 43 new members from the 3rd January, made a total of 92 new members for the start of 2019. David confirmed the usual checks had been made, pointed out the emergency exits and asked for all mobile phones to be switched off through-out the meeting.

Prue Jackson read out the synopsis of the Minutes of the Meeting on 3rd December 2018. The full minutes had been posted on the website and these were proposed by Colin McNae, seconded by Brian Clarke and approved by the members with a show of hands.

President’s Address: 

David welcomed everyone to the first General Monthly Meeting of 2019, advising that last year, in terms of Membership numbers, it had been a record year and hoped the U3A would continue to prosper. David thanked Pat, the Membership Secretary, for the amount of preparation she had put in to ensure the smooth running of the procedure for New and Renewals. He also thanked the many volunteers who assist Pat. David and Eileen had recently returned from the UK after visiting their family over the Christmas period. Although they had enjoyed their visit, it was good to return to Moraira their home. An evening in Moraira watching the Three Kings celebrations was enjoyed by people of different nationalities as well as many U3A members. David ended by wishing everyone a Happy New Year and hoped the various activities of the U3A continued to be enjoyed by the members.


Treasurer – Carin advised that on the 3rd December the total held was € 5.570,62 and after income of €300,00 and expenditure of €3.681,19 the total held as at 31st December 2018 was €2.189,43. The majority of the expenditure was represented by the payment for the music at El Canor, the waiters tip and the annual donation to the Town Hall for the free use of the La Senieta rooms.  Further income on 3rd  January of €3.770,00 brought the total held as at 7th January to €5.959,43. The full reports would be on the website by the end of the week.

Travel –  Carol began by thanking all the people helping on the travel desk and saying as most of the Travel information was on the website she would only give brief details of the trips in her report. On 24th April there is a trip to Novelda, an interesting town inland from Alicante and boasts an Organ made of marble, with an opportunity to hear the organ played. The €30 cost includes lunch. The trip on 16th to 18th March, to Cartagena is full but there is a reserve list. There are places left on the 26 day, 25 night trip to Italy at an approximate cost of €2.050,00 per person, single room supplement of approximately €525,00. A deposit of €250 is required to secure a place on this trip. In September, 17th to 21st a 5 day 4 night trip to Morella to visit some of the 68 small towns and villages that have been awarded the designation “Most Beautiful Villages in Spain”. The cost is €260,00 per person, a single room supplement of €60,00. This includes half board and some lunches.

Group Coordinator – Lynn said Happy New Year to everyone and advised that three new Groups were starting. Mosaic – A very popular activity with a third group starting and to be run by Sonja Van Belkum. Complete beginners are welcome as basic skills will be taught, meeting twice a month on 1st and 3rd Thursdays from 14:00 to 17:00. Scrabble – A new group to be launched with Clive Parker as Group Leader, meeting fortnightly either a Tuesday or Wednesday during the afternoon, the date and time to be advise. Beach Patrol – A group to help clean the Moraira beaches of plastics and other unwanted rubbish harmful to sea creatures. The Group to meet monthly, the day and time to be advised. Some established Groups have places for people who are interested. Chess Group, all levels of skill are welcome, meeting on Thursdays 10:00 to 12:00. Creative Writing Group, a successful group having produced their first published book, meeting Mondays at 15:00 to 18:00. Bridge Group, no experience necessary playing Acol Bridge, meeting Fridays 14:30 to 17:00. Petanque 3, a Thursday afternoon group run by Doug and played at Sol Park on a weekly basis.

Anyone interested in joining any of the Groups mentioned, should contact Lynn Clark in the first instance, quoting name, membership number and name of Group in which they are interested.

Membership/Committee Liaison – Dot said there was not a lot to report this month from the members. Having reported in the last newsletter the theft of a handbag from a U3A member whilst shopping, Dot was pleased to advise that the bag was now back with the owner, with all the contents in-tact – minus the cash. Dot urged anyone finding themselves in the same position should contact the Guadia Civil. Dot said the U3A website was being updated and Piotr Azia and Peter Bayliss were working hard on this on-going job. The AGM was fast approaching and Dot urged any member wishing to give some time to the U3A to look at the job descriptions of Committee positions on the website, completing a form if necessary.

Cultural Arts Events – Beverly mentioned several events but details of all events can be found on the website. Concert Costa Blanca – 30 January, La Traviata (Verdi) and 19 February, Don Quixote (Minkus). 17 to 20 January – Careline Theatre presents Robinson Crusoe the panto, at the Careline Theatre in Alcalali. The Royal Opera House London broadcasts directly from Covent Garden to Calpe Casa de la Cultura, Cine Roma Alfaz del Pi and the Condado theatre in Denia – 22 January, Tchaikovsky’s opera The Queen of Spades. 2 February. Teulada-Moraira Lions present Chess with Queen Tribute at the Auditori Municipal in Ondara.

There were no matters arising from the reports.

Any Other Business: Laura Hillstead, from the Town Hall, thanked the U3A for the donation to Protection Civil. Laura added that in 2018 the additional number on the Padron had risen by 625 which meant more money to the Council for the town. Anyone wanting to vote in local elections, should ensure they have registered by 30 January 2019.

As there was no speaker for the month, the raffle was drawn, the winning ticket number 487 was held by David Main who received a voucher for JYSK in Moraira.

The meeting ended at 11:40

Proposed as a true and accurate record of the meeting held on 7th January 2019.

Proposed by ………………………………………Seconded by ………………………………….Date………………………

Secretary of the Meeting………………………….Titch Crossfield