Rotherham

EVENTS

DEATH OF ANN HARTLEY, 19 SEPTEMBER 2021

It is with great sadness and shock that we have to inform our members that Ann Hartley passed away on Sunday 19 September. Ann had been a stalwart of Rotherham u3a, holding the Membership Secretary post for many years and being an active member of several groups. Ann was a true friend to many, always greeting everyone with a big smile and a welcoming word. Her passing is a big loss to Rotherham u3a and she will be greatly missed.

Click the link on this page 'Obituary Ann Hartley 19 Sep 2021' to see the many tributes to Ann.

The family have requested that if you wish to make a donation you can do so to the British Heart Foundation.

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*** WELCOME BACK - RE-OPENING OF ROTHERHAM U3A MEETINGS AND ACTIVITIES SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2021 ***

Message from Rotherham U3A Trustees: WELCOME BACK. Most groups restarted in September or October with hopefully one group after Christmas. Groups are restarting safely and adopting covid-safe precautions. The Trustees send you our good wishes and are cautiously optimistic as we are able to meet with our group friends again. It has been a long time!

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MEETING OF GARDENING AND OUT AND ABOUT GROUP MEMBERS
FRIDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 2021 FROM 2 – 3 PM AT HURC

A meeting was called by Lesley White, Chair of Trustees, and Rosalind Duckmanton and Sylvia Duncan, Trustees, for all members of the Gardening and Out and About groups. As both groups no longer have Co-ordinators, with Martin having moved away and Barbara stepping down, the Trustees were keen to meet with members to see a way forward to keeping the groups going. We are pleased to say that, after full discussion, a team of 4 members have offered to share the work and hopefully run a visit next April for the combined groups. Members will be informed of further information when known. The contact person for the team is Keith Smith (tel 431151).

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WANTED URGENTLY:- ACCOMPANISTS FOR BOTH CHOIR and SINGING FOR FUN GROUPS

The Singing for Fun group and the Choir are both looking for an accompanist (SFF alternate Wednesdays, 9.45 to 11.45 am and Choir every Wednesday 10 am-12 noon). If you are interested, or know someone who might be, please contact the Co-ordinators for further details:

Denise Young on 01709 306 550 for the SFF group
and Julie Thorp on 07733 262 080 for the Choir

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UPDATE ON COVID-19

Boosters for people aged 50+ and 12-15s to be offered jab: the Government has announced the Autumn/Winter Covid plan, which includes an extension of the current vaccination programme, and has now started. People aged 50+, care home residents, frontline health workers and those classed as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable who have already had two doses of vaccine will begin to be called for ‘booster’ jabs. First and second doses of vaccines are still available for anyone eligible who is yet to take them up.

The NHS will contact people directly to let them know when it is their turn to get their booster vaccine. Please wait until you are contacted.

Vaccinating against flu is also a priority across Rotherham and many thousands of eligible people have already been invited for their jabs to help protect them against winter illness.

For full guidance on the latest situation, see the following websites:

www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19 and www.rotherham.gov.uk/coronavirus

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UPDATE FROM MEMBERS'/CO-ORDINATORS' MEETING FRIDAY 13 AUGUST 2021

The meeting was well attended by members and Co-ordinators. Social distancing and other precautions were taken to keep members safe. The meeting discussed the Membership fee for 2021/2022 and it was agreed that subscriptions will be £33 for the full year from 1 September 2021, £22 from 1 January 2022 and £11 from 1 April 2022. Subscriptions fall due, and should be paid, at the first session of the first group you attend on or after 1 September 2021, by cheque in preference to cash. Cheques should be made payable to Rotherham U3A, please, with “Membership” written on the back of the cheque. Please check that you fill in the correct amount in both words and numbers, and sign the cheque. Could you also please circle which group you wish to receive your copy of the Newsletter from.

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NEW GROUP - WALKING FOOTBALL

Enjoyable, friendly and gentle exercise for both men and women. The game is played to strict rules with absolutely no running allowed.

To learn more about joining with others to start playing, please contact John Todd on 0114 2208740 or email thetodds1321@btinternet.com

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ZOOM SOCIAL EVENING, THURSDAY 28 OCTOBER 2021 at 7.30 pm

The next zoom social evening will be on Thursday 28 October at 7.30 pm, and will be hosted again by Sylvia. The last get together was on 30 September. We all had a really good evening with chat, quizzes, puzzles and jokes. Why not join us for an evening of fun and laughter? Phone Sylvia on 374841 for further information if you are not already on the contact list.

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WALKING CRICKET AT ROTHERHAM SHOW

On Sunday 5 September at the Rotherham Show the Rotherham u3a walking cricket group played a warm up game between our own players from 10 am - 12 noon in the old bowling green at Clifton Park. From 1 pm - 3 pm we played a Doncaster u3a walking cricket team. Eight players a side including both ladies and men. Well done to our team for winning the match.

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MESSAGE FROM THE THIRD AGE TRUST JULY 2021: Be Alert About Phishing and Other Scams

The Third Age Trust wants to share with you information about the latest scams. Below are two experiences from u3a members who contacted us to share with other u3as.

A u3a member got in touch with us to tell us she had received a phishing email supposedly from Norton, an anti virus software company, about payment to renew an account she does not have. It says that they will deduct over £220 unless she cancels within 48 hours. If you receive an email like this, please don't click on the links and please take independent advice before paying any unexpected requests for money.

Another u3a member got in touch to tell us about a company who had taken extra money out of her bank account without her knowledge. The company involved specialises in products aimed at older adults. She contacted the bank who stopped any further charges on the card from the company and gave advice on what to do next, eventually the company paid back the money.

We encourage u3a members to check their bank accounts regularly and immediately report any suspicious debits that they do not recognise. Most banks are able to put a stop to any charges and give advice on how to get refunds where appropriate.

Another good practice is to search for reviews and credit ratings before buying from a new company.

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Ru3a WEBSITE AND PUBLICITY

PLEASE KEEP CHECKING OUR Ru3a WEBSITE - this is updated constantly with useful information and news - a great way to be connected/updated.

Regarding publicity, you will see articles in various local publications, such as Rotherham Life, to keep Ru3a in the public eye. Look out for these.

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Dates for your Diary
October 2021
Sat Oct 23rdSTROLLERSTreeton Dyke circular
Meet at bottom of Washfield Lane, Treeton for 10.30 approx. start.
Bus No 73 departs Rotherham bus station at 10.10 am. Alight Front St/Washfield Lane, then walk down to bottom of Washfield Lane.
January 2022
Sat Jan 1stOtherDEADLINE FOR JANUARY NEWSLETTER

Would members and Co-ordinators please let me have any items for the January newsletter by 1 January 2022 AT THE VERY LATEST. I should appreciate receiving group meeting dates until June/July from Co-ordinators. Thank you.
Rosalind Duckmanton
Fri Jan 14thMeetingCo-ordinators' Meeting from 2-3.30 pm at Herringthorpe United Reform Church, Wickersley Road, Rotherham S60 4JN
April 2022
Fri Apr 8thMeetingCo-ordinators' Meeting from 2-3.30 pm at Herringthorpe United Reform Church, Wickersley Road, Rotherham S60 4JN
June 2022
Fri Jun 10thMeetingCo-ordinators' Meeting from 2-3.30 pm at Herringthorpe United Reform Church, Wickersley Road, Rotherham S60 4JN
September 2022
Mon Sep 26thMeetingThe ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of Rotherham u3a will be held on Monday 26 September from 12 noon to 1 pm, at a venue to be arranged.