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DUE TO THE CURRENT CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK AND FOLLOWING ADVISE FROM THE GOVERNMENT AND U3A THIRD AGE TRUST IT HAS BEEN DECIDED TO CANCEL THE MONTHLY MEETING ON THURSDAY 26th MARCH 2020 AT THE LAURA TROTT CENTRE.

THE NEXT SERIES OF PHOTOS ARE ON THE NOTICEBOARD - TOO MANY PICTURES ON THIS PAGE

CEDARS PARK - FROM THE ALVIN PECK COLLECTION

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GARDEN WATCH
Supplied by Don

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DON CHANDLER STILL LIFE

Taken a few years ago when the Photograph Group met at the Green Dragon.

Inside the Green Dragon Chess Teddy Bear

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MESSAGE FROM THE THIRD AGE TRUST re CORONAVIRUS

Third Age Trust CEO Sam Mauger and Chair Ian McCannah said,
“Thank you to all U3As for your support and advice over this changing period of time. In line with the government communications strategy, the Third Age Trust will be putting out regular bulletins on our website and regular mailings to U3A committees.

We continue to follow the government and NHS advice on coronavirus. As of 16th March, that advice has changed.

The advice is that from now on everyone should stop non-essential contact with others and adopt social distancing. People in ‘at risk groups’ are to be shielded from social contact for 12 weeks. People who should take particular care to minimise social contact are, among others, people over the age of 70.

Many U3As have asked us whether to postpone their monthly meetings and Interest Groups. Our advice is to follow the government guidance which is now asking the population to avoid unnecessary contact. The Trust has taken the step of postponing its large events and meetings.

U3A committees and individual members are coming up with really creative ways to keep in touch with each other and stay connected. We will be sharing all these ideas, and will continue to do so, in the coming days and weeks.

We intend to issue regular bulletins – so please keep checking the website. We will put out regular mailings to committees. We will also keep in touch through the national newsletter and newsletter express, where appropriate.

We would encourage all your U3A colleagues and members to sign up directly to the national newsletter. The national newsletter will allow us to disseminate advice and information quickly to all U3A members.

U3A is an amazing community and we want to encourage members to share their creativity and ideas with us to help support each other over the coming months, and in particular those who will be facing increased isolation and loneliness."

PERSONNAL OPINION FROM PETER HARRIS (GROUP LEADER)

As a group Leader running Bolivia, Rummikub, Music in the Afternoon and Musicians United I have decided to cancel ALL my groups for March and April. All the above activities are run in the close confines of St. Clements Church Hall so the guidelines from Government would be breached. I am not prepared to take that risk for my members who all come under the ‘AT RISK GROUP’.

Each Group Leader needs to make their own decision on this and they may well have factors such as outside activity or no direct contact with other members that considerably reduces the risk.

Good luck to you all and I hope despite the Governments information that this is a short break for my groups.
Peter HARRIS

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USEFUL LINKS AT A GLANCE

Membership Form for 2019/20 Now in pdf format

New Membership Form with Data Protection
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Committee Meeting Minutes

Monthly Programme - Download here!

Cheshunt Constitution

Data Protection Form

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Membership Renewal 2019-2020

As the Cheshunt membership year ended on the 31st of October 2019, renewal forms for the year 2019-2020 are available from the registration desk.
This years renewal forms are available for joint membership per household and we only require your name and membership number and method of payment.They will also be available from the Cheshunt U3A website. The fee has been kept again at £12.

This year we have the U3A account numbers on the form so you can pay by standing order, bank transfer, as well as cheque or cash. Completed forms can be left in a box provided at the Membership Secretary’s table. Renewals can be done at the meeting , either collect at meeting or if you have enclosed a stamped addressed envelope your new card will be sent to you.

For those that are current members Membership Form for 2019/20

New members need to complete the New Membership Form with Data Protection

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NOTICE OF CHANGE TO CHESHUNT U3A CONSTITUTION

We have been advised by U3A National Office that to comply with Charity Commission requirements we need to remove the following sentence from Section 3 of our constitution.
This advancement should also contribute to improving the conditions of life for the above persons in the interest of their social welfare.
To meet this requirement we are giving notice that at the next meeting on 22nd August 2019 we will be seeking agreement from the membership to change Section 3 to read
Within Cheshunt and its surrounding locality, the advancement of education and, in particular, the education of older people and those who are retired from full time work by all means, including associated activities conducive to learning and personal development.
If anyone needs any further information regarding this please contact the Chairman on 01992 629209.

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Cheshunt U3A Privacy Policy

Cheshunt U3A treats your privacy rights seriously. Our privacy policy sets out how we will deal with your ‘personal information’, that is, information that could identify, or is related to the identity of, an individual. Click on the following link Cheshunt U3A Privacy Policy to read the full document.

We have also updated our Constitution, that link is as follows Cheshunt Constitution

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NEW GROUP

We are hoping to set up a ZUMBA GOLD group - low impact, easy dance moves to music, suitable for all levels. Day and venue to be decided. Please register your interest at the Information Table at the main meeting, or call Lesley on 01992 445938, email lesleyb10@hotmail.co.uk.

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WALKING NETBALL Update Jacqui Fry: 07745 264787

We started the first fun packed session at the end of October and have not looked back. We are now fully operational playing on a full netball court in the Laura Trott Centre, on Wednesdays between 2:00 and 3:00. Most ladies have not played netball for over 50 years and some have never played. We are fortunate to have a lovely coach from the ‘All England Netball Association’ who gives us instruction, easy exercise warm ups and downs and makes the whole session really enjoyable.
At the beginning of December we entered for fun ‘Wiggle and a Giggle’ team to play at the Sports Village in Hatfield. Six members went along in Christmas attire to compete with other like minded players, from Hertfordshire. We came sixth and won most inspiring team, what a start after only 7 weeks. Congratulations ‘Cheshunt All-stars’
Netball begins again after Christmas on Wednesday 8th January 2020, Sessions are £3.00, just come along

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WHAT TO DO IN A MEDICAL EMERGENCY!

This is not a first aid course.
For 22yrs I served on front line Ambulance work for, initially, the Hertfordshire Ambulance Service which eventually become the East of England Ambulance and Paramedic Service. I served as a Paramedic for 17 yrs dealing with whatever medical emergencies came my way, from Maternities to Death and resuscitation. I have already done several demonstrations which have proved to be popular and have been asked to offer more, demonstrating what I would do in an emergency; recognizing an emergency; and communicating with the ambulance service. So the main topics are Cardiac emergency, Strokes, unconscious patients and tips on doing effective CPR.
There is no charge except for £1 towards tea and coffee.
To this end I will be doing another 2hr demonstration on Monday 4th February 10-12 at the YHA Windmill Lane. Parking is on site.
There are 20 places available.
If interested please see me on the Information Table or contact me Stewart Wagstaff 01992 624706.

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Your Health – eGym at The Laura Trott Leisure Centre.

The Laura Trott Leisure Centre has arranged a reduced price membership for all U3A members who wish join and use the new Egym studio. Some of the U3A members have already joined including Janet and Toni are seeing the benefit of the new equipment which offers a more peaceful and safer method of exercising for members that may be put off by using the main area in the gym.

As we age, it is now commonly accepted that we begin to lose the strength in our muscles, which can lead to a higher risk of injury, falls and breaks. Aside of the physical health benefits there is also a link between an enhanced level of health and lean muscle mass vs reduced body fat mass and a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease as we age which is now evident through medical science.

The Egym room offers members the chance to exercise in an environment that is not only comfortable but also allows members to use gym equipment that can be specifically set up to accommodate any previous or existing injuries and other pathologies, all age groups, any exercise ability through a safe and pre-set range of motion and build strength through joints and muscles.

The team at the Laura Trott Leisure Centre have agreed a special U3A membership price of 5 months at £24.99 and will be offering U3A members the chance every few weeks to come in and have a tour of the Egym in order to see how the equipment works and meet the managers and team.

To book your tour/induction with one of our professional health and fitness instructors please contact the membership team on 01992 623345 or ask at reception.

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NEW GROUP

READING FOR PLEASURE GROUP 2

We now have a Group Leader willing to set up a second Reading For Pleasure Group. Please register your interest at the monthly meeting, or contact Ines Lees on 01992 625776.

NEW GROUP

SATURDAY LUNCH GROUP 2

In view of the popularity of our SATURDAY LUNCH Group, Rachel is starting a second group which will meet on the 3rd Saturday of each month at the Bulls Head Pub at Turnford. Contact Rachel for more details. Rachel 01992 636034

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BRITISH SIGN LANGUAGE

Basic finger spelling and sign language for beginners. Useful, communication for all and fun to learn. These sessions are for anyone who have been on a sign language course with me before. Four one and a half hour sessions to be held at the Brookfield Farm Tesco Super Store, Community Room.

Sessions will start on Tuesday 7th January at 1:30 – Sessions Free.

BRITISH SIGN LANGUAGE – ‘BEGINNERS COURSE’

Basic finger spelling and sign language for beginners. Useful, communication for all and fun to learn. Six one and a half hour sessions to be held at the Brookfield Farm Tesco Super Store, Community Room. Sessions will start on Tuesday 18th February at 1:30 – Sessions Free.

Contact Jacqui Fry: 07745 264787

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GROUP SHARING NEWS

We now have in place a Group Sharing Agreement with our neighbouring U3As. Anyone wishing to attend one of the listed groups should first contact the Group Leader. You must prove that you are a paid up member of Cheshunt U3A by showing your membership card.

ANTIQUES & COLLECTABLES (Lea Valley) Chris Murphy 01992 446190 Kate Gorman 01992 465032
ASTRONOMY (Broxbourne) David Sharp 01992 422622
BALLROOM/SEQUENCE DANCING (Broxbourne) Stan Chatterton 01992 414290
BOARD GAMES (Waltham Abbey) Helen Wilson 01992 712765
CREATIVE WRITING & POETRY (Broxbourne) Jean Hack 01992 426255
DISCUSSION & DEBATING (Waltham Abbey) Richard Clayton 01992 768794
DRAMA (Waltham Abbey) Elaine Pritchard 01992 768446
FRENCH INTERMEDIATE (Ware) Pam Shields scribbling4bread@gmail.com
GARDENING 2 (Broxbourne) Suzanne Fitch 01992 444257
GERMAN FOR BEGINNERS (Waltham Abbey) Helen Wilson 01992 712765
GUITAR FOR BEGINNERS/IMPROVERS (Buntingford) Bill Hooper 01763 273123
HEALTH & RELAXATION (Broxbourne) Val Foley 01992 304830
HERITAGE GROUP (Broxbourne) Geoff Ansell 01992 444928
LATIN (Hertford) Anthony Holbourne 01992 300663
MERRY MEN (Waltham Abbey) Bernie Leverett 01992 763938
PILATES (Buntingford) Rosemary Poulton 01763 271598
STAMP COLLECTING (Broxbourne) Michael Facey 01992 468833
SUNDAY LUNCH (Waltham Abbey) Terry Hoye 07944 239235

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PARKING PERMITS FOR U3A MAIN MEETINGS

We have now received new parking permits that can be used for every month this coming membership year. These can ONLY be used on our main meeting days. PLEASE ENSURE YOU DISPLAY YOUR PERMIT CLEARLY so the Enforcement Officers know you are in the U3A meeting. Collection of permits can be from the Membership Secretary.

PLEASE ENSURE YOU DISPLAY YOUR PERMIT CLEARLY so the Enforcement Officers know you are in the U3A meeting.

Steve Gollop Vice Chairman Cheshunt U3A

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THE U3A IS FOR EVERYBODY - a diverse range of topics and groups to get involved with a chance to meet old, and make new friends in an informative and relaxed atmosphere where you will be made most welcome.

Please explore our website, and feel free to come along to our monthly meeting at the Laura Trott Centre, Windmill Lane, Cheshuntto find out more about us - you are welcome to attend these meetings as a visitor for an entrance fee on the door of £2. Each month we have a guest speaker - details on our Events Page - as well as information on individual groups, bookstall, refreshments and a raffle.

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VISITORS - a temporary membership fee of £2 is charged to visitors, and a dated receipt is given. This confers all the advantages of Cheshunt U3A membership, including insurance, for that month only, during which time a group activity can be joined if there is room and on production of the receipt and payment of the usual group attendance fee.

BOOKSTALL, PUZZLES & RAFFLE
If you wish to donate books and puzzles to help raise funds please bring them along to the monthly meeting. A raffle for valuable prizes will also be held at each monthly meeting. **** TOP PRIZE NOW £50***

NATIONAL U3A INFORMATION
Click on the links on the right hand side of this page for the following documents:
More Time to Learn - information about the ethos and organisation of U3A groups.
U3A and You - newsletter with Q&As
U3A Going Forward - the three year plan for U3A.

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