This is a brand new venture (Summer 2022), led by its members, rather than led by a Group Leader.
Membership will appeal to anyone who likes meeting new people over a meal, with the flexibility of not being tied to meeting the same small group on the same day each month, and the flexibility of meeting up on a choice of days, locations and number of occasions in any month.
The concept is simple: The group consists of anyone wishing to meet with other U3A members for meals, at any time, on any day, at any frequency. Each member of the group agrees to becomes a "Foodie Leader", convening at least one meal for four or more group members in the year, or more often if they wish.
NAME will be available to advise and support you until you become a confident "Foodie Leader". NAME will also carry out the "admin" so that you have a minimum of work to do
We recognise that some members will want to arrange a meal on a regular day at the same venue. Others will have a more flexible diary and will wish to try out new venues. This group allows for individuality to shine.
Where? Wherever you wish - probably local to Southwell, but a car-share of 5 for a fish and chip meal at Skegness is equally acceptable!
When? This is totally up to you, to decide when you have time to be a "Foodie Leader". You can offer ANY day of the week, ANY time. There are members who will enjoy company at any time of the day - breakfast through to late evening, weekdays or weekends.
Who? Members of Southwell U3A who have joined the Foodie Friends Group. This may include some of your closest friends, and many you have never met!
How often? Every member is free to offer to arrange an event as often as they wish, with a minimum of once per year. Some may wish to be a "Foodie Leader" each month. Keeping an event small makes it very easy to organise. As the group grows, then there may be several possible events each month to choose from. Members can go to as few or as many events as they wish.
For how many people? We suggest yourself plus 3-5 others is a good number for ease of booking and being a small enough group to allow all to converse and, if strangers, get to know each other. This size is also simple enough to arrange as not to be too daunting for most people who do not see themselves as "leaders", and is small enough for any venue to cope with. However, the exact number is up to you as the "Foodie Leader" for that event. If you want to arrange a food event for a larger number, and feel you have the skills, then you are in! Post-Covid, we find that many venues require food choices in advance for parties of around 10 or more, or do not have staff to cope with larger parties, but this may change.
What sort of food? This is totally up to you when you are the "Foodie Leader"
Example......... If we have a group of 30 members, plus half a dozen who are away for a given month, we might have five members as "Foodie Leaders" offering different types of meals at different dates, times, price points and venues during that month. All 30 can sign up to one or more of these meals on a "first come first served" basis, so some members may attend more than one meal, others just one or indeed give all five offerings a miss for that month. You could be fairly sure that any meal attended would include people not known to you.
What would I need to do as a "Foodie Leader"?
1. Think: What sort of meal, location, date would you yourself feel you would like to offer, for a date at least FIVE weeks ahead. You have total free choice. Having decided, check with the venue, and perhaps make a provisional booking. 2. Let NAME know you are ready to be a "Foodie Leader for an event: Tell NAME the location, date, time, type of food and the maximum number of members that you feel comfortable with. An idea of prices, and how the bill will be split is also helpful at this stage. 3. If you have a SU3A friend who you would want with you for help/assistance, include them in that number! 4. Approximately monthly, NAME will then send an email to the whole group, listing details of the events on offer for the following 4-5 weeks, and who to contact for each of these. 5. Interested members will contact you direct. Take names on a "first come first served" basis having decided how many people you feel able to host. If more contact you, apologise that you are fully booked, but make a mental note that you have found a repeatable event! If no-one contacts you, feel free to cancel the event and consider why your offer of a Haggis Breakfast in Gretna Green was not hugely popular! 6. Make a firm booking with the venue. You may wish to contact your event's members with any late updates, and check they are still able to attend. 7. Around 1-2 weeks before the event, contact NAME with names of your event's members. NAME will provide you with their "emergency details", which will also show that this is a SU3A event (hence should be covered by U3A insurance). 8. Enjoy hosting! 9. Reflect on what went well, anything that did not, and what you may do next time you are a "Foodie Leader".
Page updated 11-06-22-RL
Think you might be interested in joining this group?
1. If you are not already a member of Southwell U3A but are interested in finding out more about these groups and/or would like to attend one of their group meetings please click on the Contact Us link and let us know which group you are interested in. We will arrange for the Group Leader to get in touch with you as soon as possible.
2. If you are already a member of Southwell U3A and are interested in joining either group you can contact the Group Leader directly. Their details are in the Group Leaderspage in our Membership Area of the website. As a Southwell U3A member you will have received the password for the Members Area pages in Newsline. If you have forgotten the password please use the Contact Usfacility on this website to request the password.