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Dear Members,

Did you enjoy the summer last month? This morning, weakness overcame me and I sneaked back inside instead of going for a cycle in the rain and cold wind. Not the best conditions for the Cotswold Show either, but Wimbledon and the sudden wintry spell gave permission to watch every grunt, squeal and shout from the players. Some of those grunts, after every serve, forehand or backhand, are similar to earworms - they stick in the brain for weeks and months. I can't remember who won, but their grunts are never forgotten.

The weather was kind to us during the Cirencester Health and Wellbeing week and the u3a stall attracted a satisfying number of visitors. Thank you very much to the volunteers who ran the stall. As the Organisers from the Council said afterwards, you gave your time not only to the u3a, but to the whole community in Cirencester and they were grateful and very pleased with the success of the week.

Another success was the 30th anniversary tea party last month. It was the largest attendance we have had at a monthly meeting since opening up after the covid restrictions. The entertainment was such fun and as one member said afterwards -"This has lifted my spirits. Thank you to everyone who was involved."

Thank you from the committee to Ruth Sanders and her wonderful team of helpers - cake makers, table setters, welcomers and greeters, Audio Visual team, groups that set up displays, tea makers, servers, compere and entertainers and of course the volunteers who cleared up at the end. A big thank you to members who attended and joined in with such enthusiasm when asked to sing and count to five - it took three attempts - and join the ukulele band in a sing along.

Two more activities will complete our 30th year celebrations in the u3a - the Picnic in St Michael's Park and the Tree Pledge. This will be launched at the monthly meeting at the Ashcroft Hall on July 19th when the topic will be The Work of the Woodland Trust.

The summer will return soon. May you have a safe and happy time and remember that cake, occasionally, music and taking part in u3a activities are excellent for wellbeing.

 Anne Vardey – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We are delighted to welcome 18 new members this month.