St Austell u3a November 2022 Newsletter

I received the latest edition of Third Age Matters magazine this morning through our letterbox. I was immediately struck by the article on page 39 “Volunteers Must Step Up for u3a to Survive” I would urge you all to read it! “Many regard their local u3a simply as a provider of a range of established activity services which they have paid to join”. Yet the Third Age Trust Vision statement clearly states “Members should play an active part in running the u3a movement”.

It is clear that many u3as just like ours struggle to find members who are willing to help run our charity. St Austell u3a currently has over 360 members but it is the same relatively small core of members who step up and keep it going!

Please consider what you as a member can contribute to help keep St Austell u3a going. Whether it’s running (or helping to run) an interest group, joining the committee, or just being willing to help out with events or coffee mornings.


Unfortunately, due to a change in personal circumstances, Pauline Weir has regrettably had to withdraw from her role on the committee.

The next Committee Meeting will be held on 7th December.

Coffee Mornings

The Committee has received considerable feedback from members regarding the close proximity of our Coffee Mornings (currently on the last Friday of the month) and our Speaker Meetings (on the first Thursday of the month). We have therefore decided that with effect from January 2023, the Coffee Mornings will be held on the third Friday of the month. The timings remain unchanged from 10.30 until 12.00. (Speakers will continue to be on the first Thursday). The first coffee morning of 2023 will be 20th January.


November’s speaker was Dr Anthony Hereward a local Medical scientist, zoologist and climate change scientist from Climate Action St Austell. He gave an informative and sobering talk on – Climate Change, What Can We Do?

If you missed the talk or would like more information, visit

There will be no Speaker on 1st December as we will be holding our Christmas Meeting with live music, group exhibitions, mulled wine, and mince pies! Doors open at 9.30.

5th January there will be no Speaker as this is Membership Renewal Day. BACs Payments can be made in advance from late December quoting Membership number(s) as a reference, the cost remains the same as last year at £20per member. Our next Speaker will be Thursday 2nd February – “The Story of China Clay in Cornwall” by Malcolm Gould.


Roger Jones is hoping to organise a tour of Ireland with Williams Coaches. The current proposal is as follows:

The trip would leave St Austell on the 25 September 2023. A 12 day GRAND TOUR OF IRELAND.  We would begin with an early (probably 5.00 am) start to the ferry in Pembrokeshire.  Then an overnight at Wexford.

–  2 nights in Dublin with at least a half day guided tour of Dublin. One full day to explore.

–  2 nights in Belfast including a half day tour of Belfast and a visit to the Titanic Museum and then a choice of visiting the Ulster Folk Museum or free time in Belfast.

–  2 nights in Letterkenny including a stop on the way to the Giants Causeway; a half day guided tour of Derry.

–  2 nights in Galway including a visit to Glenveagh National Park on the way; and a day out visiting Westport and Galway.

–  back to Wexford via the Cliffs of Moher for another 2 nights, to allow a full day in Waterford .

–  on day12,  6 October, ferry to Pembroke and home.

The cost for 11 nights Dinner Bed & Breakfast is £1399 per person in twin/double rooms with minimum of 25 paying travellers. 

£1299 with a minimum of 35 paying travellers.

The single room supplement is between £339 & £452 dependent on numbers. This Tour is open to all members, if you are interested or have any questions please contact Roger:

Travellers’ Tales

The next meeting is Friday 2nd December when the subject will be NORWAY AND ICELAND. For more details contact:

Short Walks

The next short walk is on Friday 18th November around Lostwithiel.

Best Wishes

Chris Crane