Minutes General Monthly Meeting – 1 July 2019

University of the Third Age Moraira-Teulada

Minutes of the Monthly Meeting held on

1  July 2019 at Salon G.L., Teulada

at 10:30

It is confirmed that the President and the Secretary attended the meeting as voted in at the AGM 4 March 2019.

David Haxon, the President, welcomed all members to the meeting, including 22 new members. He 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 3 June 2019. The full minutes had been posted on the website and these were proposed by Hugh Stewart, seconded by Beverly Stewart and approved by the members with a show of hands.

President’s Address:  David and Eileen recently attended the U3A Summer Ball, they had a lovely evening and David thanked Tony and the Social Committee for arranging the event. David also thanked all the Group Leaders for all they do for the U3A and hoped they would enjoy their well-earned summer break and also hoped they and all members would keep cool during the summer months. The Christmas Dinner Dance would be on 4 December this year and the popular Bella Luna would be the entertainment. David then told a few amusing stories with the aim of making the meeting more relaxing!


Treasurer – Graham gave the opening balance for the U3A account of €18,549.85 and after Income, Expenditure and Accruals the balance stands at €1,679.14. The Travel Account opening balance stood at €11,603.62 and after Income, Expenditure and Accruals the balance stands at €503.82. Both reports will be on the website with the minutes.

Group Coordinator – Lynn mentioned the new Groups which all plan to begin in September: Ladies Walking Football, Vets Football, Gentle Walking, Yoga, Film Lending and Lunch Bunch. The Walking Netball was on hold as there is some difficulty in finding a Netball Court.

Travel Group –  Trips continue to be arranged for the remainder of the year, which included the visits to the Chocolate and Turron Factories, Valencia Bioparc and a three night stay in Barcelona. The Travel team has increased and it is hoped that during 2020 some new team members will be helping on, as well as arranging, trips to various places in Spain. Jennifer Needham, the Classical Music Group Leader, then gave a talk about the Group. The Group of about 12, meet the 2nd Wednesday of each month and welcome any new members that are interested in all forms of music, whether on a very knowledgeable level or just like listening to any music.

Membership/Committee Liaison – Dot reminded the Members that they could send emails to her, anonymously, on any issue they wished to raise and she would put to the Committee for any action or comment that might be needed. The reformed Travel Group continued to improve and are congratulated on providing a happy team who enjoy arranging trips for the U3A Members.

Cultural Arts Events – Beverly mentioned several events planned for the remainder of the Summer months. 1 to 8 July the Javea Players Summer Show, including Dinner “I Colitus”. Sunday 4 August the Teulada-Moraira Lions are presenting a free Concert on the seafront, featuring “Soulsplosion” starting at 9:00 pm, with a further two Concerts – 18 August “Itchy Fingers” and on 1 September Austin Slack will be performing.

Internal Regulations – Prue began by saying that the U3A had to have a Constitution in Spanish, although there was an English translation on the website. The Internal Regulations reflected the Constitution but added to and clarified it. Changes could be made to the Internal Regulations but these had to be agreed by the Committee and approved by the U3A Members. The Internal Regulations were first approved by the Members in 2013 and now required updating. The areas of change are:

  • Job Descriptions
  • Code of Conduct
  • Data Protection
  • Charities

Prue urged the Members to read the Internal Regulations, the revised version will be on the website and at the September General Monthly Meeting, Members will be asked to vote to approve the revised Internal Regulations. Prue thanked the sub-Group – Pat Clark, Lynn Clark and Dot Garrett for all their work on the Internal Regulations.

No matters arising from the Reports.

Any Other Business: David had received an email, asking all Members to remember to provide daily water for animals, especially during this hot period.

Sue McNae gave a moving account of an aircraft training exercise in 1950 which included a crash, the death of the crew, locating the wreckage around the Montgo and finding the families of the crew. A memorial is to be built at the site of the crash. In order to help fund this, a Quiz at Inn-on-the-Green, Javea on 25 September is being arranged. The cost of a ticket is €15 which included the quiz and a meal. Anyone interested to contact Sue.

Eileen then asked for donations for some of the stalls at the Autumn Fare on 12 September, again at Inn-on-the-Green.

  • Home Baking – Cindy Hinton from the Dramarama Group
  • Bric-a-Brac – Janet and Geoff Surguy
  • Knitting – Maureen Burrows
  • Tombolla (Wine & Spirits) – Sue Hopwood and Titch Crossfield-Lobb
  • DVD,CD and Book – David and Eileen Haxon
  • Home Produce – Plants, herbs, fruit and vegetable – To Be Advised.

All contact details are in the Newsletter.

Eileen introduced John Hopwood, who kindly agreed to be the speaker today, at short notice. He spoke of the F.W. Woolworths stores and the amazing lives of the family. John’s original lecture is around one and a quarter hours long but, as well as speaking quicker than usual, he managed to reduce the time to just over half an hour!! After a very informative and humorous speech the Members gave John a round of applause as thanks.

The raffle was drawn and the winning ticket 251, was held by Mary Butcher who received a €50 voucher for JYSK.

The meeting ended at 11:45

Proposed as a true and accurate record of the meeting held on 1 July 2019

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

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