Category Archives: Current Affairs

Report Current Affairs – September 2017

Two apologies were received and one member from the waiting list attended. Nine full members attended.

  • We have cancelled our visit to the Crown Court. When the new Court is ready, we may be able to visit that venue.
  • Today we had a visit from David Jones, Head of Community Focus for BCC and responsible for the Bucks County Library service. He gave us a first-class account of both his history as a librarian, and the present structure of the Bucks Library Service. It is plain that the financial situation both locally and nationally have placed many challenges before the library service. It is equally plain that David Jones and his staff have been creative in facing the challenges. Much remains to be done, but the County Library service is now flourishing, with each individual library having found a model which suits their local needs. We were immensely grateful to David for sparing time to talk to us, in such a positive and humorous way.
  • Next meeting: On 2nd October. We are juggling with possible topics, so will provide details later. The possibilities are that there will be an open meeting on ‘Our previous selves’, so that we each give an account of our early days in our chosen career.

At a future meeting we are to have a visit from a County Councillor, who came to talk to us a while ago, but this will have to be confirmed once his availability is known.

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Current Affairs report – 7 August 2017

Eight members attended, and apologies were received from four others. Two members from the waiting list were welcomed.

Details of the September meeting: on 4th September, David Jones, Head of Library Services for Bucks, will come to talk to us about the service.

We discussed whether it was feasible to go ahead with our planned visit to the Aylesbury Crown Court in November, in view of the access problems of the building. The consensus was that it was preferable to cancel this event but explore a visit to the new Crown Court when it opened in 2018. Access issues, we are told, will be resolved. We will pursue this and report back. Continue reading Current Affairs report – 7 August 2017

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Current Affairs Report – June 2017

Apologies for absence were received from four members, and two members from the waiting list attended.

We discussed possible outings or subjects for our next meetings. Several subjects are in the pipeline, including the visit to Aylesbury Crown Court, and a possible speaker from Bucks County Council.  There is also a possibility that Brenda will present an item on food recycling.  More on these topics next month. Continue reading Current Affairs Report – June 2017

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Current Affairs – April 2017

 

Three members sent apologies, and two members from the waiting list attended.

We had a discussion about our proposed visit to the Supreme Court. Decision was made that, in view of the travel difficulties, we would explore the possibility of a visit to the Aylesbury Crown Court.

Brenda gave a presentation on plastic waste, and especially on plastic bottles on the sea bed.  We were surprised to learn that the largest firms were not required to recycle their waste. Continue reading Current Affairs – April 2017

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Current Affairs – November 2016

11 members attended, and apologies were received from 4 members.

  1. We welcomed two new members, Anne Artus and Valaine Bell.
  2. Today there were several lively discussions. First we talked about Theresa May’s proposal to allow the return of Grammar Schools. Divided opinions, not surprising for such a contentious issue, though we saw the wisdom of providing young people with an education as far as ability will take them. Then on to talk about an MP’s decision to resign due to his fundamental disagreement with aspects of his party’s policy. Finally talk of the triple lock on pensions – is this too generous to pensioners?

The next meeting will be on 5th December at 2.30.

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Current Affairs – October 2016

11 members attended, and apologies were received from 4 members.

We welcomed two new members, Anne Artus and Valaine Bell.

Today there were several lively discussions. First we talked about Theresa May’s proposal to allow the return of Grammar Schools. Divided opinions, not surprising for such a contentious issue, though we saw the wisdom of providing young people with an education as far as ability will take them.

Then on to talk about an MP’s decision to resign due to his fundamental disagreement with aspects of his party’s policy.

Finally talk of the triple lock on pensions – is this too generous to pensioners?

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Current Affairs – 3rd October 2016

This was our first meeting in our new venue, the Committee Room in the Community Centre, and we were pleased with the room and its facilities.

Seven members attended, and apologies were received from six members. Some of us had seen Jean being interviewed on TV about David Bowie from the viewpoint of the more mature resident. We were all lost in admiration at Jean’s ability to speak off the cuff about one of our local celebrities. Continue reading Current Affairs – 3rd October 2016

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5th September 2016.  U3A.  Report of the Current Affairs Group

Five members attended, and apologies were received from eight members.

  1. This is our last meeting in the Baptist Church. Our next meeting, on 3rd October, will be held in the Committee Room of the Community Centre. The speaker will be from Age UK. As our numbers for today’s meeting were low, please feel free to invite another U3A member to attend with you, as it can be a bit disheartening for a speaker to have such a small audience.
  2. Members’ issues: we briefly discussed Theresa May’s first weeks as Prime Minister, then went on to talk about facilities in the locality for community use. We mentioned a talk we had had a few months ago from Trading Standards, who had offered to visit again to talk on different subjects, perhaps including cybercrime, which has caused real problems to many people. We will pursue this.
  3. We looked at a harrowing picture of Omran Daqueesh, a small boy rescued from the rubble of Aleppo, and members expressed their grief and frustration that there was so little we could do to prevent such outrages. This led us to talk about whether young people realised that war is so widespread all over the world. The Burkina and the whole question of appropriate dress for Muslim women kept us talking for quite a while, though no consensus of a way forward emerged.
  4. Next up for our consideration was Brexit, and the possibility of another vote, though our new Prime Minister’s pledge that Brexit means Brexit suggests not. We seemed to agree that David Cameron’s negotiations with EU member states had not led to any fundamental changes which might have led to a different outcome in the referendum. This was followed by a debate on childhood obesity – it seems that Mrs May does not regards this as a priority, though there was some concern among us that obese patients were being denied operations.
  5. We talked about the accident earlier this year at Didcot Power Station, which was being demolished. Four men died and five were seriously injured when half of a 10 storey boiler house collapsed. One body has been recovered. Now the site owners have called off the operation to recover the remaining three bodies, saying that the operation was ‘too dangerous’.  We  had mixed views about whether the recovery of the missing bodies should be the priority, or whether safety issues for potential rescuers were more important. No consensus, but we were aware of  the grief of the  families concerned.
  6. Finally – are older people more friendly, are local people friendly – Yes to both, we thought. All in all, a lively, constructive meeting, sad yet with some laughter, including a bright newspaper cutting of the Olympic British Women’s Hockey team winning their gold medal.
  7. Next meeting 3rd October, in the new venue, see above.             Judith

 

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Current Affairs Report – August 2016

  1. Eight members attended and apologies were received from four.
  2. Brenda had heard from the manager of Marks and Spencer that a Community Relations manager had been appointed, and he (or she)may be available to talk to us at our next meeting.
  3. Judith spoke about the Chilcot Report, then we had discussions on recent events in the news, including the Honours list, which had caused some controversy; the appropriate use of the overseas development fund; Chinese influence in our public life; the proposed ban on Russian athletes from the forthcoming Olympic games; do we women like to be addressed as ‘guys’, and a recent meeting on housing plans. All in all a lively meeting.
  4. Our next meeting will be on 5th September, in the Baptist Church. This will be our last meeting in the church, before we move to the Community Centre. Two apologies have been received.

 

Judith Power  02 August 2016

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