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Monthly ZOOM Meeting - May 18th
18thAnnual General Meeting
Venue – Online with Zoom
Tuesday 18th May 2021 at 14.00
A G E N D A
1. Welcome, including explanation of how and why this is a virtual AGM and how it will run
2. Apologies for absence
3. Approval of the Minutes of the 17th AGM held on 16th June 2020
4. Matters arising from last year’s minutes
5. Chairman’s report of BNB U3A activities
6. Receiving and accepting the accounts for 2020/2021.
7. Change to and acceptance of the revised constitution
8. Appointment of Committee Officers and Appointment of Committee Members
9. Consideration of motions from members and/or the Committee
11. Set date for next AGM
Monthly Speaker after AGM
Murder Mayhem and Dastardly Deeds - a talk by Nigel Metcalffe
Nigel will give us a taste of life pre 1914. The hard times of our Victorian and Edwardian ancestors ; harsh justice , and severe punishments.
Social reforms of the 19th c improving the life of the poor. With added local interest.
This will commence after the AGM - details have been sent to all BNB members
Covid-19 VACCINATION ADVICE
Any Members who have not yet received their Covid Vaccination are advised to contact their GP or Book a vaccination on the NHS Website. This is available for everyone over 45 years, or those with underlying health issues.
Groups & Meetings Updates
More Information at the AGM
Indoor Meetings may commence after Monday 17th May in Covid secure venues
IT Training Courses
How are your IT skills?
Would you like to use your computer/smartphone/tablet to communicate more effectively with your friends, family and other U3A members, both during and after the lockdown?
Are you in one of the U3A special interest groups such as family history, and want to know how to use your computer for research?
Would you like to use your computer for shopping but don’t know where to start?
Are you worried about computer security and do you want to learn about how to do online shopping/banking safely?
Have you got a new Smart Phone but you don’t know what it does beyond making phone calls and texts?
Do you want to know how to edit and organise all the photos you have on your phone?
BNB U3A wants to help you!!!
BNB U3A have formed a committee of members who are tasked with planning an IT training programme for those who would like to be involved. We have a number of volunteers who are proficient in IT skills and we want to share our skills with those who need it. Because of the current lockdown restrictions, we are not able to have face-to-face sessions at present, so we have devised some other ways of helping you:
A. Website links to technology guides on a large number of topics, that you can browse and learn at your own pace
B. Sign up to a series of emails that will guide you through some technology guides in a structured way
C. Face-to-face sessions via video meetings
D. Web-based/phone support desk for individual support
Do you want to be involved? Link Here >>> NEW - IT Training Info
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.
We are looking for new committee members.
If anyone is unsure they can shadow a committee member to see if the roles are something they might consider doing in the future
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
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.