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Dear Members

Cottingham U3A 2020 Annual General Meeting

As stated in the March 2020 newsletter the Cottingham U3A AGM, which was postponed in May because of the coronavirus lockdown, will take place at 2pm on Thursday 13th August in the Darby & Joan Hall on Finkle Street.
Because of the Covid 19 regulations we cannot have our usual AGM. There must be limited places so that the 2 metre social distancing can be maintained. The Darby and Joan Hall reopened at the beginning of July and the Trustees have followed national regulations for village halls and done everything possible to make the hall Covid Secure. The capacity of the large hall at this time is 30 so places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

If you would like to attend you must give your name to the executive committee secretary, Lesley Tempest by Saturday 8th August.

Lesley can be contacted by email: or by phone: 01482 847359. You will be notified as soon as possible whether you have been allocated a place. Masks are not compulsory but please wear one if you wish to. Entry to the hall will be from 1.45pm and will be controlled.

With this letter you will find:
● The agenda for the AGM
● The minutes of the 2019 AGM
● The Chair’s report
● The Treasurer’s report
● The audited accounts for 2019 - 2020.

These documents will be mailed or emailed to all current members.

See below for a copy of the AGM - Agenda

The first resolution was included in both the March and the May newsletters. It concerned a change to the membership fees from 2021. The second and third resolutions were in the May newsletter and concerned the adoption of the new constitution.
I invited queries or comments on these resolutions and have received none. These resolutions will be voted on at the AGM so please ensure any comments you want to be read out at the AGM are with me by 10th August.
Nomination forms for executive committee members were distributed to all members in March and there are ten nominations, four for specific officer positions and six for committee members. They are as follows:

Chair: Pat Collard
Vice Chair: Sue Tong
Secretary: Lesley Tempest
Treasurer: David Groom

Committee members Ken Bailey, Karen Baker, Patricia Dukes, Judy Slator Bryan Summers.

Members attending the AGM will be asked to ratify the appointment of these committee members.
I look forward to seeing some of you on the 13th.


Pat Collard
Chair, Cottingham U3A

Cottingham U3A

Twentieth Annual General Meeting to be held on Thursday 13 August 2020
at 2:00 pm in the Darby & Joan Hall


1. Chair’s Welcome.

2. Apologies for Absence.

3. Matters arising from the minutes of the AGM held on 19 May 2019.

4. Adoption of the Minutes of the 19th Annual General Meeting held on 19 May 2019 (enclosed).

5. Adoption of Reports:
(i) Chair (enclosed);
(ii) Treasurer (enclosed); and
(iii) Membership Secretary.

6. Acceptance of the Annual Accounts.

7. Appointment of the Examiner of the Accounts for 2020-2021.

8. Election of the Executive Committee.

9. Adoption of the Proposed Change to Membership Fees (Resolution 1; previously circulated).

10. Adoption of the New Constitution (Resolutions 2 and 3; previously circulated).

Date and Time of the next AGM: Thursday 9 September 2021 at 2:00 pm.


At a meeting of the Cottingham U3A Executive Committee held on Friday 15th May via Zoom, it was agreed that the June, July and August monthly meetings will be cancelled. Hopefully meetings will recommence in September if conditions allow. Also any Group activities in this period are also cancelled

Important Information

East Riding Community Response Hub are offering a service to people who need it. They offer the following:

Delivery of food parcels with the basics of bread, milk, eggs etc

Collection of medication

Support with issues around isolation.

In case anyone thinks this might be helpful in this ongoing situation their contact number is:

01482 393919.

If you would find this helpful and you are in the East Riding Council area pick up the phone to them. or you can give me a call for more information.

Stay safe

Pat Collard - Chair


The decision has been made to postpone our first national U3A Day from 3 June 2020 to Wednesday 2 June 2021

Many U3As have invested time and energy into planning creative and informative events to raise the profile of the movement. We have a long lead-time for this new date so plans can be reviewed and rearranged including venues and guests.

As you are aware, U3A Day is planned to maximise the opportunity to raise our profile nationally. Nationally, we will work towards signposting media attention to 1 October 2020, once that date is confirmed as safe and appropriate.

We will continue to update resources and advice on the national website. This helps us keep each other up-to-date with what is happening. The closed U3A Day Facebook site ( has a wealth of ideas and discussion points and is a very positive community.

It is also recommended that as many individual members sign up to the national online newsletter ( to receive regular updates as to advice and measures being put in place during this unprecedented time. Click on U3A Newsletter to access

Let’s look forward to a time to celebrate the wonderful organisation that is U3A! Thank you for your support

Future events:



Articles Required for the Newsletter

Now that there is more space available in the newsletter, Pat Windle would welcome more articles from Interest Group Conveners about their group, especially those looking to attract new members.

We regularly report on recent outings, but it would also be good to hear from members about any enjoyable group meeting or anything else that readers of the newsletter might find interesting.


24 hour Legal Advisory Service.
The free legal telephone advice service from ARC Legal Assistance has been cancelled as this has not proved to be financially viable.
In future, please contact National Office direct for legal advice and they will deal with any enquiries on a ‘case by case’ basis.
Telephone 020 8466 6139 and Quote U3A Legal Helpline.

This free telephone advice service is available to all U3A members; there is no limit to the number of calls you can make and advice will be given on all aspects of law. If you are asked for an insurance number, tell them that you do not have one.

Click on Citizens Advice to go to their website, where you can obtain helpful information or be pointed to the nearest location for advice.

Click on a photograph to see it full size and use the arrows to move between pictures.

Advice on avoiding Scams
Being aware of different possible scams is the best way to avoid them. Click on any (or each) of the following for advice.

takefive-stopfraud - Awareness campaign by FFA UK, its members, and partners Cifas & City of London Police - Metropolitan Police 47 page advice booklet.
AgeUK Avoiding scams - similar guide from Age UK.
Phishing and Vishing - the Security Awareness article from Driffield U3A (Nov 2015).
Postal & Phone Scams - article from Cottingham U3A Newsletter (Sept 2016)

Mobile Phone Emergency Contact
Have you thought of adding ICE (In case of emergency) next to the mobile phone number of your next of kin or contact person? This would inform the Emergency Services of who to contact in case of emergency. It would also be helpful for Group Leaders.

The Third Age Trust
The Trust holds several summer schools, workshops and conferences annually although these tend to be held in the south. To see if there is anything that appeals to you, check out their website by clicking on the U3A heading above.

National Theatre live
This gives details of selected National Theatre plays which are filmed and broadcast live. Cineworld at Kingswood shows these excellent broadcasts which include extras such as the background to the play or interviews with the author.

East Riding library catalogue - & - Hull library catalogue
Find out which books are available. No need to log on.

Visit Hull and East Yorkshire# - Official tourist information.