Bulkington Nuneaton & Bedworth

Newsletter

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SECURITY WARNINGS

JUST TO ADVISE MEMBERS - THERE IS NO SECURITY ISSUE WITH THIS WEBSITE
Our hosts, U3A, had a glitch in renewing their security certificate, now all resolved. See the email top right >>
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Next Committee Meeting

Monday 18th March, 14:00 Hatters Space, input to any Committee Member.
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Committee Meeting 11th February 2019

Report Awaited.

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U3A Group Insurance

A Note from Duncan

A few weeks ago whilst talking to you about the U3A’s financial status and accounts I mentioned that we are required to send £6.00 per member per year to the Regional U3A Trust (called capitation) and that this money was for the Third Age Matters magazine, performing rights and insurance.

At the end of my talk I received a question about the insurance cover that the Regional Trust provides. The questioner had an accident whilst on a U3A activity and was told that there was no U3A insurance to cover his injuries. This seemed to be at odds with what I was saying and my understanding. As I do not like giving false information I undertook to find out more about the incident and how the Regional Trust’s insurance cover worked. I want no one undertaking an activity on the basis of what I have said if it is incomplete or wrong and I want everyone to be fully insured.

I have obtained the document that describes what is covered and what is not, this is linked above .
28/02
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Bridge Club - Irene O'Neill Trophy

Congratulations to U3A Bridge Club members Tony Mann and Laura Curran, who won the Irene O'Neill Memorial Trophy on the 14th December 2018 in the Bridge Club Christmas Party Pairs 'Chicago' Competition.
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Free Library Service

We have been contacted by the Warwickshire Library and Information Service concerning their Home Delivery Service which is a free library service for those who are unable to visit their local or mobile library due to ill health and infirmity.

Volunteers call every four weeks with a selection of books based on customer preferences and they can stay and have a little chat with them about books and interests (as well as a lot of other things probably).
There is a link to a promotional flyer for further information and we will be having some leaflets made available at our monthly meeting.
It is a worthy and useful service and I urge those who have trouble getting to the library regularly to contact them on
01926 851031 or online at Library Website or email Library Email

Please Note: This service is for Warwickshire residents only. If you are from another county, then you will probably find that your own county provides a similar service.

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Computer Group

New tech device for Christmas? Older device not working well? Need some help to do something specific? Come along to the Computer Group for help at all levels!
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NEW BNB CONSTITUTION

The BNB U3A has the ‘distinction’ of not just being a simple club or association but a legally constituted organisation formed under the rules and laws of the Charity Commission and the Tax Office. Because of this legality we are required to have a constitution that must be approved by the legal team in ‘head office’, the Charity Commission, and the Tax authorities before we can operate. We are no longer allowed to have just a set of simple rules that we agree among ourselves.
The provision of such a document is not as onerous as it might seem as ‘head office’ has done the legal work for us and has pre-agreed a form of a constitution that satisfies these authorities and has made it available to all U3As to have access and can modify (within limits) and adopt.

When the BNB was set up in 2004 we adopted the then pre-agreed standard constitution known as the ‘model constitution’ that the regional/national office had negotiated for all its U3A groups.
In the years following our founding, rules relating to tax laws have changed along with those relating to the Charity Commission and our charitable status. These changes were gradual but each time there was a significant change, notices went out to the U3As from the regional Trusts asking them to amend or upgrade their constitution in line with changes in the rules and the law. There were notices to change the wording of the constitution in: 2005, 2007, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2017. The biggest change was in 2012 in which significant modifications were required.

For reasons lost in the mist of times, and of no import now, no changes were made to our original constitution to bring it in line with changes in the law. Currently we are left with a constitution that is out of step with the legal requirements of the Charity Commission.
We have been directed by the West Midlands Trust to correct the situation and implement a legally acceptable constitution and treat its implementation with some urgency.

The Trust has prepared another new fully legally compliant constitution (available on the U3A web-site) and asked us to adopt this as soon as possible. The document has already been pre-agreed by the Trust, the Charity Commissioners and the Tax authorities.
Rather than take this instruction of adoption on face value, your committee has looked into other options and has found we can only do the following:

• Adopt the latest new ’model’ constitution provided by U3A (as above)
• Modify our old constitution
• Not bother with any up-dates and have our association with the national organisation removed.

We have looked at the process of modifying our old constitution and obtained the process from the Trust, and it is horrifying. I do not want to go through that process (nor will I).
As for not bothering we would loose the association with the region and national organisation, our charitable status and other tax advantages would disappear, and would just become just a local social club.

In view of this it is heartily recommend that we adopt the new ‘model’ constitution as defined on the U3A web-site. This constitution, along with the further option of variant 3 in Clause 7 (Executive Committee and Officers) is given as a link on this page above.
The voting will be a quick but major item at our next AGM and I will give a short talk with more information on this subject at the next monthly meeting.

Proposed Constitution linked on the right , above>>
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