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Monthly ZOOM Meeting
Tue 16 Feb 2021 Speaker is James Taylor with 'Seaside Postcard'
A history and a look at seaside postcards nudge nudge wink wink know what I mean ?
As usual this will commence at 14:00 with Joining from 13:30 - details will be sent to all BNB members
Latest Government Lockdown Details - Jan 2021
Hands. Face. Space.
Approximately 1 in 3 people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and could be spreading it without realising it.
hands – wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds
face – wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet
space – stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings)
In all circumstances, you should follow the guidance on meeting others safely.
When you can leave home - Rules for those NOT SHIELDING
You must not leave or be outside of your home except where you have a ‘reasonable excuse’.
A ‘reasonable excuse’ includes:
Work - you can only leave home for work purposes where it is unreasonable for you to do your job from home, including but not limited to people who work within critical national infrastructure, construction or manufacturing that require in-person attendance
Volunteering - you can also leave home to provide voluntary or charitable services.
Essential activities - you can leave home to buy things at shops or obtain services. You may also leave your home to do these things on behalf of a disabled or vulnerable person or someone self-isolating.
Education and childcare - You can only leave home for education, registered childcare, and supervised activities for children where they are eligible to attend. Access to education and children’s activities for school-aged pupils is restricted. See
People can continue existing arrangements for contact between parents and children where they live apart. This includes childcare bubbles.
Meeting others and care - You can leave home to visit people in your support bubble ( if you are legally permitted to form one), to provide informal childcare for children under 14 as part of a childcare bubble (for example, to enable parents to work, and not to enable social contact between adults), to provide care for disabled or vulnerable people, to provide emergency assistance, to attend a support group (of up to 15 people), or for respite care where that care is being provided to a vulnerable person or a person with a disability, or is a short break in respect of a looked-after child.
Exercise - You can continue to exercise alone, with one other person or with your household or support bubble. This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area. You should maintain social distancing.
Medical reasons - You can leave home for a medical reason, including to get a COVID-19 test, for medical appointments and emergencies.
Harm and compassionate visits - you can leave home to be with someone who is giving birth, to avoid injury or illness or to escape risk of harm (such as domestic abuse). You can also leave home to visit someone who is dying or someone in a care home (if permitted under care home guidance), hospice, or hospital, or to accompany them to a medical appointment.
Animal welfare reasons – you can leave home for animal welfare reasons, such as to attend veterinary services for advice or treatment.
Communal worship and life events - You can leave home to attend or visit a place of worship for communal worship, a funeral or event related to a death, a burial ground or a remembrance garden, or to attend a wedding ceremony. You should follow the guidance on the safe use of places of worship and must not mingle with anyone outside of your household or support bubble when attending a place of worship. Weddings, funerals and religious, belief-based or commemorative events linked to someone’s death are all subject to limits on the numbers that can attend.
There are further reasonable excuses. For example, you may leave home to fulfil legal obligations or to carry out activities related to buying, selling, letting or renting a residential property, or where it is reasonably necessary for voting in an election or referendum.
U3A National Office have advised that no face-to-face U3A meetings should take place
Urgent Committee Request
The committee urgently need a volunteer to be BNB U3A Treasurer. The current Treasurer will provide a shadowing support before starting. Without a Treasurer the BNB U3A cannot operate so this is critical for the future of our U3A
Latest Group Meeting Advice
U3A National Office have advised that no indoor face-to-face U3A meetings should take place
Groups & Meetings Updates
All face-to-face meetings suspended
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.
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.
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.