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December Monthly Meeting will be Christmas Lunch in the Holiday Inn

Monday 6th Decmber

As usual, we ask that you follow a few COVID related formalities:

    You are asked to complete the personal risk assessment checklist enclosed in September’s


    As well as your ticket you should bring your membership card with you (remember to provide two emergency contacts

         on the reverse) – this makes checking you in for track and trace easier

    You will need to wear a mask when moving around inside and outside of the function suite

    Hand sanitiser will be provided in public areas of the hotel

    We will be running our usual raffle so make sure you have plenty of change as we can’t do contactless!

    We will be happy to accept any raffle prizes you care to donate

    The hotel are offering a reduction of 20% on drinks

Monthly Meeting, Monday 10 January (please note that this is the 2nd Monday)

2 pm in Greenhills Community Centre

We kick start the new year with a presentation on the Victoria Cross from John Walker

A new project which might be of interest

An email from Dr Andrew Lacey, Senior Research Associate in the Department of English Literature and Creative Writing at Lancaster University looking for volunteers in what looks to be a very interesting study:

The Davy Notebooks Project (wp.lancs.ac.uk/davynotebooks) is currently doing some exciting research, with the help of the public, that may be of interest to your members. We and an international community of over 1400 volunteer transcribers are currently transcribing, using the

people-powered research platform Zooniverse, Sir Humphry Davy's (1778-1829) handwritten notebooks (around 70 in all), many of which have never been transcribed before. Davy was the leading chemist of the early nineteenth century, but also a poet, moving in the same circles as Lord

Byron, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and William Wordsworth. His notebooks contain not only chemical notes and poetry, but also material encompassing philosophy, medicine, geology, mathematics, astronomy, and more. Anyone interested in any of these topics, or science or history more generally, will surely find the much of the material we're making freely available - in most cases for the first time - stimulating.

Our Zooniverse project page is here: https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/humphrydavy/davynotebooks-project

Contributing transcriptions to our project is entirely free, both interesting and rewarding, and no prior experience is necessary - we provide full guidance on the transcription process on our Zooniverse page, and the project team is on hand through the Talk forum feature to answer any queries.

National Kindertransport Day on 2 December

u3a UK will be hosting an event with Dame Esther Rantzen which will feature u3a members with ties to the Kindertransport. Guest speakers will include Kindertransport evacuees themselves, children of ‘the kinder’ and those who have grown up calling these rescued children their siblings.

You can book into this and/or read the Third Age Matters article on the Kindertransport on the u3a website at: www.u3a.org.uk

Kirktonholme Nursery.

Lesley McIlhagger is still looking for volunteers to get involved in this intergenerational project. It is hoped to kick things off in the New Year and she will be at the Christmas lunch if you have any questions for her.

Groups news

Most groups have now started back, some on Zoom still. Tom Berney is going to take over photography from Peter Sheppard and is looking to start a badminton group. We will check and advise in the New Year which groups have vacancies.

Smoke alarms

We have been asked about the new procedure/requirements for smoke alarms. If you contact South Lanarkshire Care and Repair they will be able to give you advice. You can get in touch with them on 01355 666200 or via the SLC website.

I look forward to seeing you all scrubbed up for the Christmas lunch – it’s going to be the first dressing up event for most of us in a very long time. If you aren’t attending, please accept my very best wishes for a much better Christmas then last year.



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