Message from Dorothy M Chesterman - first Chairman in 2010
Bramhall U3A was launched in November 2009. The suggestion for a local group came from Cheadle Hulme U3A who had a long waiting list. The first meeting was attended by over 200 people and people were turned away. From that meeting, the steering committee was formed and in January 2010 the inaugural meeting was held. In May 2010 we received our official recognition certificate from the Third Age Trust.
The general monthly meeting is held at Bramhall URC, which is across the road from St Michael's on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 2.00pm. Our membership now stands at just over 400 . Clearly not everyone can be accommodated at that monthly meeting but with over 40 groups up and running , all members are able to find some activities to join in. Members are kept in touch with what is happening via our bi-monthly news sheet which is distributed via the groups and is available on this website. Some groups meet in people’s homes while others hire halls. For the latter a small charge is made and members are asked to pay this in advance to ensure all costs are covered.
Regular outings to places of interest and to musical and theatrical productions are organised.
In April 2014 Joy Armstrong (second Chairman, right) welcomed Barbara Hill at our monthly meeting as the 1000th person to join Bramhall U3A since its inception. There are now about 700 members and over 50 activity groups. Communication has been enhanced by emailing the monthly Newsletter to members.
Bramhall U3A Almoner
Tel: 0161 425 3703
If you hear of any member of our U3A who is poorly or has had an accident or is in hospital, please let Jill have the details. If someone is poorly who lives alone and would appreciate a short visit from a friendly face, then again Jill is the one to contact. If you hear sadly of a member who has died or who has lost a partner or close member of his/her family, again please let Jill know. She does not need to know if one of us has a common cold, we all get those but genuine illness etc., we really need to be aware.
North East Cheshire Network
Bramhall, Cheadle & Gatley, Cheadle Hulme, Macclesfield Rural, Poynton and Wilmslow U3As have formed an association known as the North East Cheshire(NEC) Network.
Importantly, the NEC Network recognises Open Groups. These are Groups organised, as usual, within a particular U3A but open to all members of all the U3As in the NEC Network. It is hoped that the membership of an Interest Group will increase once it has become an Open Group.
Links to the websites of the U3As in the NEC Network can be found on the Useful Links page and details of the Open Groups can be found on the Groups Index page.
Bramhall U3A committee decided to support two local charities, St Ann's Hospice and The Wellspring, which is a drop-in centre for the homeless and needy of Stockport. They provide cooked food, washing facilities and a range of support services at their centre on Harvey Streeet.
There are various ways in which we support these institutions. We collect and sell books, in good condition, at every monthly meeting; groups such as Knitting and Card-making raise money by the sale of their products and at the Christmas event we run a very popular tombola stall, the proceeds of which are split between the two nominated charities. To support The Wellspring, members are asked to donate non-perishable tinned and/or packeted food and basic toiletries such as shampoo, shower gel, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes etc. Clothing in good condition is also collected at meetings. These are taken directly to The Wellspring and have been accepted most gratefully, as they depend on such donations to provide their service.
This document last modified Wednesday November 15, 2017
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