Climate Crisis Awareness – new Pembury U3A group

Pictures of Australia on fire and of unprecedented flooding in England have brought home the need to take notice of:

  • What’s going on – locally, nationally, globally
  • How can we help – personally or communally?
  • Who can help us to help?

The U3A has a growing Environmental Awareness on line network, with some 40 groups around the country. Few are in Kent, but coincidentally a group is also forming in Paddock Wood U3A. Contact has been established and both groups are open to sharing ideas and resources.

In fact, linking up with others (networking) is key to responding to the challenges we face and this struggle should not be left to Greta Thunberg or Extinction Rebellion and certainly not to our own grandchildren.

What will it take? What can we do? Well….lets find out! It will mean research (some on-line), with a willingness for individuals to contribute and share information informally. One U3A group has identified over 80 solutions/mitigations. It is intended that the Pembury U3A Climate Crisis Awareness Group will be closely aligned to the Science and Technology group.

Does anyone have (or know of anyone who has) expertise in this area of knowledge – we are on the lookout for speakers. Tunbridge Wells Borough Council are supposed to have set up a climate change task force to investigate and make recommendations but no word has yet been forthcoming.

If you are interested in joining the Pembury U3A Climate Crisis Awareness Group and you are a U3A member please contact me John Hawker (contact details from Jane Gardner).

Science Seminar

This is a special event being arranged by Tunbridge Wells U3A who will welcome applications from interested Pembury U3A members.

The seminar, on the topical subject of space exploration, is being presented by Professor David Southwood, an eminent planetary scientist. Professor Southwood is current chairman of the steering board of the UK Space Agency.

Full details and an application form for places are shown on the flyer attached here 

Cyber Crime

In these days of rapidly increasing Cyber Crime the presentation made  by Aimee Payne to a group of our members recently proved a valuable aid to helping us protect ourselves when we go online.

Aimee has provided a very useful document which lays out in very clear language what to look out for and how to avoid problems. A copy of this can now be viewed or downloaded using this link Little Book of Scams

Answers for the March 2019 crossword

Across
1 cat 3 meditations 9 error free 10 Alice 11 slight 12 adherent 14 signature 15 mouse 17 apple 18 thundered 20 Cheshire 23 fables 24 alarm 25 impatient 27 caterpillar 28 tip
Down
1 cheeses 2 turning up 3 March hare 4 dor 5 Tweedledum 6 trace 7 olive 8 spectre 13 bus termini 15 mad hatter 16 unruliest 17 archaic 19 desktop 21 exact 22 homer 26 pal
The prize will be awarded at the April monthly meeting.

U3A Painting for Fun Group News

We are putting on our second painting exhibitio
On Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th MAY
At Pembury Baptist Church in Romford Road
From 10am to 5pm each day.
Free tea/coffee and cakes will be served.
Cards will be on sale too.

All the painting groups continue to meet twice a month. We have extended our painting from just watercolour to include pastels, pen and ink, acrylic as well as mixing them up to experiment.

The groups also paint outside in the summer.

Janet Richardson

U3A SE Summer School 2019

Documents giving full details of the 2019 Summer School at Chichester University have now been published by the U3A SE Network and can be viewed and downloaded using the links below.

If you require any further details please contact Roger Gardner
Email chair@pemburyu3a.org or Tel. 01892 823811

Holiday Italian

The Italian group are offering to share their expertise by planning five sessions from January to March 2019 on the topic of ‘Holiday Italian’. These are aimed at those who may be planning a holiday next year and would like some encouragement about how to ask for a beer or a coffee or where the loo is? Or maybe some who would like to give learning Italian a try in a supportive and friendly environment. Participants would join the twice monthly sessions on Thursdays, each of which would be focused on a topic useful for travelers at a basic level.