Braintree Area

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Please note: There will be no meeting in October 2021 due to the Bocking Arts Centre not being available. The next meeting will be held on 17th November 2021 at 2pm at the Bocking Arts Centre.

GOOD NEWS!!!! General monthly meetings are restarting. The first meeting will be held on 15th September 2021 at 2pm at the Bocking Arts Centre. The speaker will be Keith Lovell who will be talking about Essex - Blue Plaques. To provide extra space in the hall there will be no notice boards or tables at the back of the hall, hand sanitisers will be in place and you can wear masks if you wish. There will be no tea or coffee provided so please bring your own refreshments if needed. Please consider your own particular circumstances before attending and do not attend if you or someone else from your household have covid-19 symptoms.
Please note: There will be no meeting in October due to the Bocking Arts Centre not being available.

Urgent!!!! Additional Committee Members needed. Any member of Braintree Area U3A can be nominated to become a member of the committee. New members are always welcome. Please contact Elaine Orpe if you would like further information about becoming a committee member.

The Braintree Area u3a AGM was held on Wednesday 21st April 2021 at 2pm via Zoom Video call.
Thank you to members who were able to attend. Please go to the Committee page for updated details of who is on the Committee. If you would like to join our Committee please contact Shirley Tyrell by clicking on her name here.

Membership Application Form V4 March 2021 - important information, please read!
The updated copy of the Membership Application Form March 2021 is available for you to print out by clicking on the highlighted title here, or see the document in the side panel. All the details you need are included on the form. We do ask you to post your membership form, with your cheque, to Rebecca Fuller, our Membership Secretary. Dont forget to print out the form as a double sided version, and to fill in the second page. Please send your completed form and cheque to Rebecca . We are all hoping that our Braintree U3A can re-open for all events and groups sometime in the next two or three months.

1st February 2021 - update please
Group Contacts if you haven't updated your group page since October 2020, please do, or ask the person who is updating your group web page to do so. We have had between 2,500 to 3,000 people who have looked at our website since January this year so we want them to see currant information. The exact numbers for all page visits to our website are sent to the Committee for each meeting.

Some groups have been meeting remotely by Zoom. Do think about whether your group could benefit from being in contact this way, some members would love to see people again. Social media is not perfect but useful during these covid lockdowns.

Elaine Orpe, Group Co-ordinator If there are changes to your group please let Elaine know. You can email Elaine from the Groups or Committee page.

5th January 2021 - New U3A branding for 2021 on our website
I am glad to say that we now have our new branding from U3A Head Office on our website. I think it looks refreshing and fits in with our membership colour of yellow for this year. You will see this on your membership card.

Home Picture - Montage of Braintree and District
The montage that we now have on our 'Home' page is a selection of views from around Braintree and the surrounding countryside sent to us by some of our members. Thank you to those who contributed.

The Braintree U3A Members Facebook group is private and allows members to post information. Click on this link for Braintree Area U3A - Groups and it will bring you to the public Facebook page. You can click onto the Members To join the Members Group you just have to confirm that you are a member and add your membership number. You will see posts and add information about your group. Any queries about Facebook please contact Elaine Orpe.

Braintree U3A Facebook Public Pages
The aim of the public Braintree U3A page is to advertise the Braintree Area U3A. The Braintree Area U3A Page includes contact details and links for prospective members to contact us and like us and to advertise our U3A.

Please note: The Committee Members have confirmed that guests and visitors can attend any General Meeting, but they cannot attend any of our groups until they have become members.

Braintree Area U3A Data Protection Policy
A copy of the new Data Protection Policy is available on the Committee page for you to view and/or print. The full policy we adopted is that recommended by the U3A National Office.

Should you have any queries please contact the Membership Secretary Rebecca Fuller.