Buxton & District

Update on Covid-19



A link to the latest TAT guidelines. TAT Latest guidance

A link to the latest news for Derbyshire. Derbyshire update

The latest Prime Minister's Statement on Covid-19 Prime Minister\'s Speech

The Third Age Trust have issued new guidelines - please use this link to read the document: https://mailchi.mp/u3a/em-09-21-20-u3a-u

The main thing to note is that there will be no U3A Charity exemptions now, and the maximum number of people who can meet inside or out will be six for all groups - except for the Walking Groups who can walk under the Ramblers Association guidelines. At the time of writing this message they were still allowing up to 30 people to walk together - if socially distance but these may change so please do keep checking their website.

Here is the link to the latest TAT (Third Age Trust) guidelines - click on the link on the right hand side of this page OR copy and paste in your browser:

'Dear Members, in light of today's change in the government's covid guidelines I wanted to let you know we are considering how it impacts on our future planning. Once we have further guidance from the Third Age Trust I will send another email to update you all.
With all good wishes, Fiona (Chair Buxton U3A)

The Third Age Trust and U3A movement has been given an opportunity to respond to a House of Lords Inquiry.

U3A Movement's CEO Sam Mauger said, "Many of you have contacted us about Covid and how it has impacted upon you. The Trust can respond to the Inquiry with the points that you feel should be included."

The link below goes to the questions that they are gathering information about.

https://u3a.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=656ad5962b370cc9e2731d1ed&id=ed8854a571&e=e5b907968b - Copy and paste this link in your web browser to access it or click on the LINK in the right column of this page saying House of Lords Select Committee.

Please could you respond to the questions by 15 September.


Dear Members,

Firstly, the committee hope you and your loved ones and friends have been safe and well during these unprecedented times and continue to remain so. As the new committee takes up the reins we look forward to ensuring, with you all, the continued success of Buxton U3A.

Your new committee are as follows:

Chair - Fiona McIntoshemail: fionaU3A@gmail.comTel: 07957 242676
Vice Chair - Zan Hurstemail: izhurst@sky.com
Secretary - Sue Vernonemail: suevernonu3a@gmail.com
Treasurer - Joe Brownemail: joebrown957@hotmail.com
Membership Secretary - Gwyneth Reesemail: ghrees2016@gmail.com
Group Leaders Liaison Officer - Andrew Matthewsemail: andrewu3a@gmail.com
Website Administrator - Tineke Bosmaemail: banddu3awebmaster@gmail.com
General Meetings Organiser - Jean Evansonemail: jeanevanson@btinternet.com
Occasional Helpers Organiser - Margery Sherwood

I want to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing committee for all their fantastic work over the past 3 years, but especially over the past 5 months. They have carried on past their official leaving date to deal with the unprecedented events that affected everyone at the end of March. The excess work that was involved in those last few months was enormous and the decision to go with a postal vote for the AGM has worked really well. We are very much encouraged that we had 295 returned voting slips – out of a membership of 465 – a great result.
The new committee, comprising of 5 new members, has a hard act to follow but we will try our best to keep up the good work and to represent you as best as we can.

Apart from introducing the new committee, the main purpose of this email is to update you about the current situation with groups and invite you to contribute to Newslink.

I am pleased that some of you have managed to keep in contact on Zoom and socially outside in small groups. But at our first meeting on the 28th August we concentrated on looking at a way to get our groups up and running again properly. However, it is really essential that we keep in line with government guidelines and very importantly, we have to take guidance from the Third Age Trust to ensure our insurance is valid.

Following much discussion and taking into consideration the number of groups, vulnerable age of our membership, fairness between groups and the increase of Covid 19 infections generally in the UK, we have decided that no indoor groups should start before October. We will revisit the situation at our next meeting on Monday 5th October but will also be monitoring the guidelines throughout September.

I understand that many of you will be disappointed with this decision but with this in mind the committee have decided that we will not be taking next year’s subscriptions before 1st July at the earliest.

To explain our situation here are some of the points discussed:

Monthly General Meetings:
The maximum number of people allowed in a community venue with 2 meter social distancing is 30 and this includes the speaker and helpers. We decided that this was not viable until the numbers allowed increased.

Indoor Groups
Groups meetings in member’s homes are not allowed at present.
Groups that meet in community centres that involve handling equipment, are not allowed at present.
Board games /card game groups are not allowed at present.
Other indoor groups; Many would be compromised on how many people could attend.

Outdoor groups
Outdoor groups can meet up with a maximum of 6 people and keeping socially distanced.

I understand how frustrating this must be, but first and foremost we have to consider the well-being and safety of all our members.

Over the next few weeks It would be useful to have an idea from all Group leaders if, once indoor groups are allowed to meet, they and their group members would want to restart and when. (bearing in mind some members may still be shielding for health reasons) You should also check with your usual venue if it is available/suitable and what numbers it could accommodate now. A list of possible venues is available – which was correct at the date of this email – however the situation is constantly changing. You should also check the cost of your chosen venue as this has probably increased due to the extra cleaning involved.
Doing this research in advance will help the groups to start quickly once we have the go ahead

Important information before any group can start up again.
Please note that the following rules have to be adhered to, in line with our insurance policy. Any group starting up without completing the Risk assessments and personal checks below, will not be covered by the Third Age Trust Insurance.

• THE VENUE will be asked to submit their own risk assessment to the committee and group leaders.
• GROUP LEADERS, have to complete their own Risk assessment, after visiting the venue and are responsible for making plans for their groups to meet within the regulations and advice. They should inform and engage with group members about plans, and remind members of the risks and rules. A copy of this risk assessment must be sent to Andrew Matthews andrewU3A@gmail.com and to every member of their own group.
• GROUP MEMBERS have to complete their own personal checklist, and, decide for themselves, what it is safe for them to do within their group based on the Leader’s risk assessment and plan. Everyone in a group has to take responsibility for following advice and rules. They do not have to submit this personal checklist document, but your group leader will ask if you have completed it and if there are any issues.

The Risk Assessment and personal checklist templates are available on the Buxton U3A website but we can also post these out to those not on the internet.

We will be producing Newslink in late Autumn and we would welcome any news and stories and photos from you. To make it more interesting we are offering 2 PRIZES! one for the best short story – 500 words max and one for the best Poem. Both will get published in the autumn edition but we may also do a special edition with the other entries. Please send your submissions to FionaU3A@gmail.com or post to Fiona McIntosh 73 Green lane, Buxton SK17 9DJ. Entries should be submitted by 11th October.

We would welcome your views and suggestions. There is a wealth of knowledge and experience within Buxton U3A that we will always value and appreciate.

I very much hope, over the next year, to meet many of you in person.

With best wishes