As we move deep into the heart of winter – short, gloomy days and long, dark nights – Retford u3a has plenty to feel good about.
Membership has climbed above 500 for the first time since the start of Covid. General meetings and interest group meetings are attracting more attendees than ever. This month’s general meeting on 23rd is a particularly hot topic: Fracking: what is it and why is it so controversial?
Fracking is currently banned in Britain, but last year the ban was lifted by short-lived Prime Minister Liz Truss, and it is clearly an issue that is not going away.
As Retford lies at the heart of the most promising potential fracking region, it is worthwhile exploring what fracking is and why it is so controversial. The speaker (and submitter of this piece) has completed a study for Lincolnshire County Council of the economic implications of fracking in the county, so he is ideally placed to shed some light on it.
Away from such controversy, it is time to renew u3a membership. The group is pleased to report that they have been able to hold membership fees at £20.00 again in 2023.
Look out for email reminders and look out for the table of membership secretary Sue Paul at the General Meeting.
The committee has been busy seeking interest from members in running interest groups and in joining the committee. April will see big changes when at least three committee posts come vacant. It is a real opportunity to make friends and keep the u3a flying high, so don’t be backward in coming forward. You will be welcome!
Finally, remember to pop along to General Meeting at The Well at 2.00pm on 23rd February. Heckle the speaker, if you’ve a mind!