WELCOME TO FARNHAM U3A
Dear new member. We hope you will enjoy looking through our programme and deciding which groups might interest you. We hope that you will benefit from your membership and find Farnham U3A as friendly, interesting and stimulating as hundreds of us do.
Below are the answers to some of the questions you may have. If you have further queries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
How many groups can I join?
There is no limit on the number of groups you may join, subject to there being space available. Attendance at most groups is included in your membership fee. If you wish to join a group during the year you should email or telephone the person shown as the contact for that group to find out whether a space is available. If no space is available, you can ask to go on a waiting list.
Are there any extra charges?
Some groups have a professional tutor where special skills are required and a charge is made for these to cover the tutor’s costs. Some groups provide printed handouts or materials and a small charge may be made to cover costs. Some groups offer tea or coffee during the break ordered from the Maltings and you will need to pay for this before your group starts. Alternatively, you can buy a drink in the Maltings café and either drink it there or ask for a takeaway cup to take back to your group’s room.
How do I join classes?
All the groups will be represented at Registration Day, on Monday 5th September, from 10am to 11:30am, in the Great Hall at the Farnham Maltings. This is an opportunity to learn more about groups that you may be interested in, to meet the leader or secretary, to register in person for an available place or to join a waiting list, and to learn about the Annual Theme and buy a ticket for its first ticketed event.
Do I need to carry my Membership Card?
It’s a good idea to carry your card as there is space on the back of your card to fill in your emergency contact details. All members must show their annual Membership Card:
- When registering in person for a group at Registration Day (usually new members)
- When joining a group (all members, irrespective of whether they are a new member or not, must show their card to show that they have paid their subscription for the year)
Where are groups held?
We are very fortunate in being able to have the majority of our groups in the Maltings with its own café, shop and thriving arts programme. If you become a member of the Maltings there are certain benefits. Find out about these at the Box Office.
How do I know which room my group will be in?
Room allocations for group meetings held at the Maltings are posted daily on the notice board opposite the Maltings Reception Desk. Before each class, check the noticeboard for your room allocation as these do change. A few classes are held outside the Maltings and are indicated in the programme.
How do I find out what is going on?
The printed programme has details of groups and meetings but is subject to change. For up-to-date information, please check the Farnham U3A website. Make sure the Database Manager has your up to date email address so you can receive the regular U3A Farnham Update newsletter by email. The U3A notice boards in the corridor leading to the Maltings Café also posts events open to members.
Who do I contact if I change any of my contact details?
Send any changes to your contact details, including your email address, to our Database Manager on firstname.lastname@example.org . Please also update your class leaders. For those without email, write your details in an envelope marked Database Manager and post this is in the U3A pigeonhole behind the Maltings Box office desk.
Please note that you will need confirmation that you have been registered before you turn up!
Are there any events for new members?
New members will be invited to an informal New Members’ Reception at the Maltings, normally in the first term. This is a good opportunity to meet the committee, some group leaders, other new members and to ask any questions.
How do I get to know people?
It can be daunting joining new groups and going to large group meetings in the Barley Room. We’ve all felt this when we first join! If you turn to the person next to you and ask a few questions such as how long they’ve been a member and what groups they are members of, before you know it you’ll be making new friends and feeling settled. Don’t be afraid to invite other members to join you in the café after class: this is an excellent way to get to know people.
ANNUAL THEME AND MONTHLY MEETINGS
Annual Theme Farnham U3A was the first U3A in the UK to run an Annual Theme (previously called the Annual Project). The theme changes annually and is run by a volunteer (or small group of volunteers) who organises a programme of talks, normally held monthly on a Friday morning in the Barley Room.
Monthly Meetings Additionally we have Monthly Meetings that may or may not be related to the Annual theme and these are normally held monthly on a Monday afternoon in the Barley Room.
Meet Other Members Both the Annual Theme and the Monthly Meetings provide a great opportunity to meet members from other groups and to listen to a variety of talks on topics by our members and by invited external speakers.
Practical Information All the meetings are advertised in your Programme (may be subject to change), on the Farnham U3A website on the Themes page, and about a week in advance in the U3A Update which is emailed to all members who have given us an up to date email address. All members are most welcome to attend the Annual Theme and Monthly Meetings. No advance booking is required, with the exception of ticketed meetings (see next item).
Ticketed Meetings To raise funds to pay for external speakers, just 2 or 3 of the meetings in the year require a ticket, normally around £5 and paid in advance, and these meetings include a hot drink in the price. At least one trip relating to the Theme is normally organised.
Open Meetings Some groups organise an Open Meeting relating to the Theme topic. All members are welcome to attend these but group secretaries would appreciate being contacted in advance. Please note that a few events may be ticketed and charged for. Details of Open Meetings can be found in the Programme but a more up to date list is on the Themes page of the Farnham U3A website and are also included in the Farnham U3A Update newsletter.