Chard, Ilminster & District


There is so much information to share with you on the Coronavirus that we have decided to keep it all on a separate page. All of the following articles are from Roy, our Chairman.



Always wear gloves in the supermarket and treat everybody that's not in your household as if they have the virus.
Former Manchester United captain Ashley Young has been sharing his tips for staying safe during the coronavirus outbreak.
The 34-year-old now plays for Inter Milan in the heart of Europe's worst-affected region with more than 6,000 reported dead in Italy overall.
On Tuesday he shared his tips on how to avoid coronavirus.
Italy virus deaths rise but infections slow again
Football in Italy has been suspended until April at the earliest and the country is in lockdown.
In a series of tweets on Tuesday, Young said he wanted to share his thoughts "given I'm currently living in Italy, the epicentre of the virus".
He added: "Queuing to go into supermarket is standard, but not because it's for stockpiling or greed. Supermarkets have limited the number of people entering at any time so it's never over-crowded! So wait and be patient to go in if your supermarket is doing this.
"Always use gloves from moment you get out of your car! You don't want to touch trolleys that other hands have been on. Keep the gloves on until you are getting back in the car.
"Use a face mask or scarf to keep your nose and mouth covered.
"Always keep your distance at the till. Keep the trolley behind you when you unpack at the till as it stops people from being able to to get too close.
"Don't unpack your shopping right on top of somebody else's, make a gap between theirs and yours so none of your shopping touches theirs. Here we can't put our groceries on the belt until the person in front has finished paying."
Using lifts and keeping your distance
In addition to shopping trips, he had words of advice for keeping safe in general.
"This may sound harsh but treat everybody that's not in your household as if they have the virus," he said. "You just don't know!
"Most importantly, just stay safe! This is what we are doing here, it's not an overreaction, it's staying safe. And just remember others should be looking at you in this way as well. It's not horrible, it's a way of keeping your distance to ultimately help save lives."

Dear all
I have been asked to clarify the advice given in the Ashley Young article. Ideally latex gloves should be used and then disguarded; hands immediately washed. If other gloves are used, they should be laundered immediately with hands washed before and after.


24th March, 2020

Dear all
Things are changing so fast that it is hard to keep up!
We are all having to adapt and this afternoon we held our first virtual committee meeting via Skype. It was a resounding success and gives me encouragement that individual groups could continue to 'meet'. We had 7 participants and within no time the content took over from the process.
Jim Lobley and I are in the process of providing information sheets on how to set up a Skype group and how to conduct it, which I will circulate soon. Skype is not the only app and Mike Moore has utilised WhatsApp to keep the Ambling Ramblers in touch with each other. They share pictures, news and chew the fat. Obviously there is a limit to what the more physical groups can do but it is quite possible for others, e.g. reading or writing groups, to get even more out of the internet. I know that Jim is exploring possibilities for his Past Times group.
Marion Field produces a weekly YouTube offering which is then accessed by members of her church. Groups could do the same and then use it as the basis for a Skype meeting.
Di Goldsmith is exploring the possibility of some of our monthly meeting speakers doing likewise. So, as you can see, there is a lot going on and we are keen for group leaders and members to play a part - we must not let this virus beat us.
Please keep in touch with fellow members, especially those who live alone. Should anyone find themselves struggling to find a friendly ear, members of the committee are on hand to listen - don't struggle in silence, give one of us a call.
Some things that are not going on are the AGM and U3A day. Both are being held in abeyance until we can see a way forward.
Finally, I know that what is on offer has dramatically diminished in what is a very short time. However it is essential to keep our movement going. Thank you to those of you who have renewed your membership, about 50% at present. Could the rest of you please do so asap, preferable by Paypal or BACS. If you do so by cheque, please note that banks require the year to be shown in full i.e. 2020.
That's about it so TTFN.


Sent out at 2002 on Saturday 21 March 2020

Good evening all
I hope that you are well, have sufficient resources and are finding enough to do. Personally I find it a bit strange having no structure to my week, every day really is like the next.
The committee is keeping busy and we are holding a virtual committee meeting next Tuesday. It's a few weeks ahead of schedule but with all that is going on, or not, we felt it was better to meet soon.
Once we have gone through the session we intend to produce an information sheet on how to set up and run virtual events. I suspect that a number of our groups could adapt their format to bring people together digitally and, whilst not the same as face to face, it is better than nothing. It is amazing how quickly something novel can become routine. Of course there are many gifted IT practicioners within the membership who may be ahead of the game.
What is vital, is that we don't let this wonderful movement of ours wither on the vine. Our strength is that we are a community and we must now look for new ways to work and look out for each other. If you have any ideas please let me know.
The Nation U3A website is a source of useful information and you can find their latest newsletter on it - have a browse.
Stay safe


17th March

Suspension of Groups Please note this file contains 2 pages, so scroll down to see them both.


8th March
Please follow this link Cancelled Monthly Meeting


2nd March
Please follow this link for the update from U3A HQ giving their latest advice.