A message from the President

Welcome to the November U3A Oliva Newsletter

Belinda and I want to thank you all for your overwhelming support for us as your U3A officers. The support from both the online voting and the raised hands from those who attended the EGM was very humbling. I am also happy to confirm the acceptance of Sandra, Julie, Kelvin, and Barry as committee members, who, along with the rest of the previously nominated committee members, will continue to make the U3A Oliva an organisation to be proud of and to serve our members to our best ability.
We, as volunteers, give up our time in order for the members to have a functioning organisation. If you are willing to help in any way or have a suggestion (or complaint), please do not hesitate to contact me or use the suggestion box, which will be available at all coffee and general meetings.
We would also like to thank the guitar group for their wonderful entertainment for the members while they enjoyed coffee while waiting for the EGM to start. If you are interested in joining the guitar group, and I am told that some of these players were complete beginners when the group started up, please head to their group page for details.
Storage Needed
The Ajuntament d’ Oliva had allowed us for many years to use a store cupboard at the CPC for our trove of resources accumulated over the years. Now, however, they require the space for their own use and we have had to remove all the contents. If anyone has a dry storage area or lock up garage in, or very local to, Oliva that we could use please email president@U3AOliva.org to discuss the situation.
Is rearing its ugly head again. Quite a few of our members have tested positive recently, so please be careful. The Medical Centre is sending out messages about getting an up-to-date vaccine. You can use the GVA Salut app to make an appointment or If you are in the area, then you could pop in and make an appointment. If you don't know how to use the app then please come to the Help group meeting on Monday at 2pm in the Pensionista centre.
Committee Minutes and Accounts
The minutes and accounts from the September committee meeting can be viewed by following this link: Minutes and accounts
If you have any questions please contact Belinda at secretary@u3aoliva.org
Shoe Box Appeal
Steve Hems has started collecting the shoe boxes, but we do need 75 this year, so please get in touch if you can help. If you could spare 15 euros to fill a shoebox with a small gifts for the children of El Bastidor School, then please contact Steve at vice-president@U3Aoliva.org who will give you all the details about child age/gender and the collection points. Many thanks

Dates for your Diary

Monday 20th November The Help Support Network Group this month will be helping people with Apps for Smart phones. This group is open to all members. We also keep a resource list for items and times where members can help members. There will not be a meeting in December, but the next one in January will be helping with understanding, getting, and updating padróns. For those of you who went to the session on Digital Signatures, the notes and information from Bob can be found here

Christmas crafts and coffee Thursday 23rd November at The Pensionista Centre is a great place for those new decorations or gifts. Click on the link to see a taster of what is available. As usual, a coffee and a chat is just as important, so please do arrange to meet up with friends or come and meet new ones.

Benidorm Palace Fire Extravaganza Trip Tuesday 28th November still has a few spaces available. This is your last chance to book.

Coffee, carols, and mince pies Thursday December 14th Pensionista Centre. Supported by a few members from the guitar group, there will be some brave members leading us in a festive carol singing session. There will be song sheets available, so everyone can join. Apparently, singing is good for the soul. There will be a mince pie or a slice of Christmas cake for each member. Plus a huge Christmas Basket Raffle to keep you all in good spirits.

In the evening on the same day we also have the

For the third year running we will be holding a joint Christmas Party with the Gandia Social Club. Bookings are now open and I’m pleased to say that the Photography Group have already booked a table, so bring your group along as well to enjoy our Christmas Extravaganza. - Angel Station are a truly talented and versatile four-piece ensemble who are guaranteed to give us all a great night out. They play all their own instruments, cover almost every genre of music, have fabulous interaction with their audiences, and never fail to delight and surprise us. You can expect a fantastic evening full of festive fun and a few surprises along the way, with a superb 3-course meal and unlimited wine, beer, or soft drinks during dinner. A Christmas party not to be missed so please brush down that party dress and polish those shoes…we will be going to the ball.
There is also a free U3A members raffle for all who book via the U3A option.

30 Euros for GASC and U3A Members, 35 euros for Guests (includes food, wine, beer and soft drinks)) Booking Form

On 25th December
Joe Bellenie has now arranged his annual alternative Christmas Amble, for those who prefer fresh air and action on Christmas Day. Please check out the event page for more information
Group News
Two of the three new groups mentioned last month are now up and running. The Padel Group enjoyed 12 members at its first session last Monday. The Stand-up Paddle Boarding Group have confirmed that Tuesday mornings will be their day to meet, weather permitting, and are currently in the process of obtaining a board for all to use. Barry Purvis, group leader, will contact everyone shortly with further details on the start date.
The Bridge Group has now moved to the back room at Tasca Olivense for their Wednesday morning games w,hich are from 10.30 to 1.30. New members are always welcome, whether seasoned players or beginners wanting to learn. Jess and the rest of the group would love to see you.
It is never too late to learn something new, and when your new skills bring joy to someone else, you feel truly rewarded. Today our Flamenco group participated in the celebrations of thee 22nd anniversary of the elderly home of Miramar. They meet on Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. If you would like any more information, please check their group page

We have also had a request to start up a wine tasting group, with more information to come on that in the New Year!

As always, continue to look at the u3a Oliva Website for all new up and coming news, latest events and groups. If you have any thoughts on groups we could offer or would like to start a group yourself please do get in touch with Julie, The Group Coordinator
I hope to see most of you over the next month or so at either the coffee mornings or the Christmas party. Please come and say hello. Also, don't forget that you can also catch up with news and members chat on our U3A Facebook group
Best wishes.

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