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ANDREW FOX – NOTICE
Our friend and colleague Andrew is having his desired Woodland Burial on Thursday 16th July at 2:00 PM.
Close family only please, due to the current restrictions. No flowers, but donations to The National Autistic Society are welcomed.
Julie would like to thank all for their cards, flowers and messages of support, and to voice her appreciation of the kind words and thoughts expressed about Andrew.
Online events with U3A
U3A Central are delighted to offer a brand new series of online events.
Courtesy of The British Library (23 July) is the Discovering Children's Literature
These events will be held on Zoom and can be booked into on the U3A Events Page.
CORONAVIRUS ADVICE FOR MEMBERS IS ON THE NEW - Health & Welfare Page.
Group Leaders will be kept informed and should be contacted if you have any queries or concerns and they will be able to help. If they are not available you can contact the committee members via the Contacts Page. The Group Leaders’ meeting scheduled for 23 March is now cancelled.
U3A NATIONAL DAY on 3 June 2020.
The National Day is postponed until at least September, final dates will be confirmed.
We are looking for new committee members.
Sue Quittenton’s 6 year term comes to an end next year so are looking for a new treasurer then, and need someone to shadow Sue this year.
We could also do with greater representation from members on the committee - we will be asking for individuals' support for specific projects/roles.
If anyone is unsure they can shadow a committee member to see if the roles are something they might consider doing in the future
COMPUTER GROUP - Open to all
A regular weekly video conference to discuss any issues with computers, tablets, smartphones or any other technology issues. Plus some friendly banter thrown in. Contact here for an invite >> Dave
The Trust is using the National Newsletter to keep members informed on the latest government advice converning coronavirus covid-19. It is also filled with information, stories and advice from across the U3A movement on how to keep safe and occupied during this difficult time.
Visit the U3A website to sign up for a regular email newsletter here >> U3A Newsletter
All Social Events are suspended until further notice
AGM 16th June 2020
Provisional Minutes of Meeting
AGM 2020 Minutes
Departing Chairmans Report
During the last year, 2019/20, we have seen a few changes within our U3A. After a couple of amendments to our constitution the Charities Commission finally agreed to our wording and after a vote by us the constitution came into force.
We saw the loss of 2-3 groups during the year because of a lessening of interest in some of the subject matters and the ageing profile of those groups. However, other groups did well and we saw an increase in membership of approximately 7%. We had planned to join the U3A promotional day but the Corona virus caused that to be cancelled. Other promotional events brought in only a small number of new members but we continue to push BNB U3A as much as we can.
The Corona virus has caused a great deal of disruption to our organisation – as it has to the country as a whole. Unfortunately we will not be able to have any face to face group sessions until the Government gives us the go ahead and venues open up again. Please let me assure you we will carry out risk assessments before opening up face to face meetings and ensure any social distancing is adhered to.
Some groups are making full use of the IT facilities available to them. The Computer and the Bridge groups are doing very well and we are looking to use more IT facilities where possible.
Before closing I would like to thank the Committee for their work during this last year and for the support they have given me in my role as Chairman. I would also like to wish everyone good health and hope you avoid the virus.
1 - Track and Trace telephone scam - asking for payment card details - DO NOT give these, this service is FREE!
2 - 'Government' Coronavirus tax refund scam - offering cash, DO NOT click any links or reply, just delete!
3 - recently received automatic voice alleging TSB account misuse - do not press any phone keys, hang up and contact your bank on another device!
With the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) situation, criminals are playing on people’s confusion to try new scams. Many claim to offer services and products relating to Covid-19, to trick innocent customers into parting with personal information and their money. So here are some tips to help you avoid becoming a victim.
Scams to look out for
We have had some Members have their email accounts hacked such that they appear to send you a message, if you reply you then get a request for money or gift cards. I received one today! (24/04). Don't send anything and inform the 'sender' if you can.
Purchase scams offer protective equipment, sanitising products and other desirable goods for sale, that you will never receive. Be careful paying for anything via bank transfer and only buy goods from reputable companies that you know and trust.
Smishing is sending text messages that appear to come from a trustworthy source like the UK government or even your own doctor which try to steal personal or financial information. If you doubt the text’s authenticity, don't click links. Visit www.gov.uk to check any information given. Verify an organisation’s phone number from their website or from old printed correspondence.
Phishing is sending emails which try to make you divulge sensitive personal or financial information. They may appear to be Covid-19 tax refunds, reimbursements from travel bookings, safety advice via email and even donation requests. Fraudsters will try to make you click on links that aren't safe. So think before you click. If in doubt, then don't click. And don’t open any attachments from senders that you don’t know. If you’re still worried, talk to family, friends or someone else you trust.
Vishing is unsolicited phone calls. Always be suspicious of ‘cold-callers’. Don’t be afraid to challenge them or hang up if you can’t verify the caller. Banks, police etc. will never ask for security information, so never give out personal details. If you’re concerned, call the organisation back on the number listed on their website, ideally on a different phone as criminals can sometimes keep the line open. Or if it’s your bank, use the number on the back of your card.
What to do if you’ve been caught out
If you think you’ve been a victim of fraud or given away more information than you wanted to, please contact YOUR BANK as soon as possible. It’s better to be safe than sorry.