Dereham

News

Dear Members

We do hope you are all keeping well and occupied during these strange times. Life has changed dramatically for all of us since we had our last U3A meeting in March 2020. The NEWS page will keep you fully updated.

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17th June 2021

TO ALL MEMBERS....AN IMPORTANT REMINDER

A NOTE FOR GROUP MEMBERS:

Everyone is very appreciative of the work convenors do to run our interest groups. As you can imagine the committee has discussed groups quite a bit lately as we keep hoping all our activities can restart. Sadly not just yet!

During our discussions, the committee realised that perhaps group leaders were not passing all their expenses back to the group members. The U3A principle is each group is fully self-funding for all costs, and it is vital group convenors do claim everything they spend. These expenses should always be claimed to ensure there is no discrimination against those who do not wish to carry these costs personally.

We all need to ensure these ‘hidden’ expenses are shared within the group. Sharing the rent on a hall is easy and obvious, but convenors should be claiming if they had, for example to go to Norwich to pick up books, or drive to recce an activity. Group convenors should have a simple record of these costs to show the members of the group. [Please note the expenses mileage doesn’t apply to groups, the actual cost should be shared – petrol, car park etc].

The committee has updated all the Dereham Policies. These are now on our website. You may find the following useful to read:

7. Travel expenses and car sharing
15. Starting new groups
16. Participating in groups

Whilst only outdoor activities can run presently it would be great to hear of new groups getting ready to start up! Steffi Spooner is available to help you if you want to consider a new group. It is also probably a good time to register interest in a group in readiness for restarting. Please contact Steffi via the CONTACT page of the website.

17th June 2021

BELLRINGERS WANTED CAN YOU HELP ?

St Withburga Ringers

This Dereham-based handbell group are looking for 2 new players to join their friendly group. You do not need to be able to read music or have any previous experience.

We entertain at care homes, WIs etc, particularly in the run-up to Christmas.

We meet on Monday afternoons 2-3.15pm at Trinity Methodist Church, Theatre Street, Dereham and pay a weekly subscription of £3.

Please contact Sylvia on 01362-693425 for further information. E Mail: sylvia.meredith@hotmail.co.uk

17th June 2021

URGENT PLEASE

We urgently need another convenor for the Spanish Group - anyone
interested please contact Steffi Spooner via the CONTACTS page.

15th June 2021

WALKERS !! Can you support the East Anglia Air Ambulance ?

The EAAA has organised three walks in order to raise funds for the Air Ambulance Please click on the following link for more information THE EAAA

13th June 2021

THIS WEEKS QUIZ. THURSDAY 17th JUNE. A PRIZE FOR THE WINNER. PLEASE NOTE EARLY START TIME 11.00 am

LINK TO ZOOM QUIZ: JUNE QUIZ

3rd June 2021

DEREHAM U3A JUNE NEWSLETTER NOW ON THE NEWSLETTERS PAGE !!!

26th MAY 2021

AN URGENT APPEAL FOR MORE GROUP LEADERS

Please look at the GROUP NEWS page for more information THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT !

22nd MAY 2021

LATEST U3A NATIONAL NEWSLETTER...Please click on the following link MAY NEWSLETTER 22

17th MAY 2021

Latest "News from the East" Bulletin. Please click on the following link U3A EAST MAY NEWS

16th MAY 2021

GROUP CONVENORS........ IMPORTANT UPDATE ON THE GROUP NEWS PAGE.

5th May 2021

2021- 2022 RENEWAL SUBSCRIPTIONS

2021 RENEWALS

At the Christmas meeting the Chair of the committee made an important announcement regarding subscription renewals for next year.

As we were unable to take part in the vast majority of our activities this year the committee have decided to waive the renewal fee for 2021. If you choose to receive the magazine you'll still be required to pay the additional £3 for this.

Lapsed and new members will incur the full fee. If you renewed last Spring (2020) there will be nothing to pay this year and your membership will run until March 2022.

Please see the WELCOME page for full details.

28th April 2021

IMPORTANT Dereham U3A - Notice of upcoming AGM 8th JULY 2021 AT 2PM PLEASE REGISTER TO SUPPORT YOUR U3A

IMPORTANT PLEASE READ THE AGM 2021 ITEM AND REGISTER YOUR ATTENDANCE AT THE ZOOM MEETING BY CLICKING ON THE FOLLOWING LINK AGM 2021

22nd APRIL 2021

DEREHAM CHURCH INFANT AND NURSERY SCHOOL are seeking School Governors CAN YOU HELP PLEASE ? Please click on the following link for more details SCHOOL GOVERNORS

22nd April 2021

Please look at the YOUR SPACE page for a historical perspective of Dereham written by one of our past members.

19th April 2021

IMPORTANT-EVERYONE... please read todays update from the Groups Co-ordinator on the GROUP NEWS page.

16th April 2021

Question and Answer session from the EAST OF ENGLAND u3a SAM AUGER Please click on the following link QUESTION AND ANSWER

13th April 2021

One of our members, Joan Isbill, has written a great article on her time as Outings Secretary which can be found on the "YOUR SPACE" page.

6th April 2021

Dereham and District Flower Club are looking for new members. Please go to the "YOUR SPACE" page for more details.

4th April 2021

LATEST DEREHAM u3a NEWSLETTER (APRIL) CAN BE FOUND ON THE "NEWSLETTERS" PAGE

1st April 2021

A great new WORDSEARCH produced by our Membership Secretary, Philomena Terry, please click on the following link APRIL WORDSEARCH

31st March 2021

MARCH NEWSLETTER from the Eastern U3A's please click on the following link MARCH NEWS FROM THE EAST

24th March 2021

TRUST U3A

Trust U3A is an "on line" U3A group open to all members to join (£5 fee) it has many on line learning groups and Quizzes. Please click on this link to take you to the web page TRUST U3A

24th March 2021

MARCH 23rd U3A National Newsletter. Please click on this link NEWSLETTER

22nd March 2021

JOLLY DAYS OUT.....JOLLY DAYS OUT.....JOLLY DAYS OUT.....JOLLY DAYS OUT

Dear all,

We are pleased to announce that Barry and Jill Home have offered to manage the Outings Group once again, but with some necessary changes…

Because of the success of "Jolly Days Out'' the time spent organising the Outings had increased dramatically together with the need for at least 4 people on the Outings desk at the Memorial Hall to take payments.

When we are able to commence Outings again the booking and payment procedure will be much simpler.

We have partnered with Eastons Holidays who will provide the coach, booking and payment system. Barry and Jill will plan the itineraries and liaise with Eastons Holidays.

The pick-up point will be the Cherry Tree car park, Dereham, as before.

The Outings will be advertised at the Memorial Hall, by e-mail, and on the Dereham U3a website.

Bookings will be made exclusively by telephone to Eastons with payment by credit or debit card at the time of booking. Seat numbers will be allocated. We believe these arrangements will make the whole process more convenient for everyone.

Itineraries are already being planned and I’m now able to give you some more details…

As you know this is our 10-year anniversary. You may remember that our first ever Christmas outing was to the Christmas Spectacular at Thursford. As part of our anniversary program, we are extremely pleased to announce that we will be going there again this year.

The show promises to be as magical as ever, a perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit. It is one of Norfolk’s biggest attractions and with a cast of 130 it is the biggest Christmas show of its kind in all of Europe!

The poster with all the necessary information is attached so I won’t repeat all the details here, just to say places are limited for what will no doubt an extremely popular trip. Please ensure to book early to avoid disappointment. FULL DETAILS ARE ON THE OUTINGS PAGE

Dave Terry (Chair)

17th March 2021

U3A MARCH RADIO PODCAST with a HISTORY theme. Please click on this link U3A MARCH RADIO PODCAST

7th March 2021

DEREHAM U3A NEWSLETTER MARCH 2021. NEW STYLE NEWSLETTER. Please click on this link MARCH NEWSLETTER

5th March 2021

Read the latest Newsletter Express from the National office. Please click on this link NEWSLETTER EXPRESS

3rd March 2021

Newsletter from the East of England U3a's.

Please click on this link NEWS FROM THE EAST

20th February 2021

NATIONAL U3A FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER....Please click on this link FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER

16th February 2021

IMPORTANT NEWS.....

We in Dereham are part of a larger group of local U3As who are pulling together to help get ourselves through these testing times and to give you all something interesting to do.

Across our region there are many interest groups still operating on Zoom which you are all welcome to attend. Please follow the link to see which groups are running.

This list also includes all the contact details you will need. Please click on this link FENLAND GROUPS

10th February 2021

January 2021 Dereham U3A ZOOM Meeting RECORDING.

For those of you who were unable to join us in January our speaker was Philip Caine, his talk was entitled Barrow to Baghdad and back again. He kindly allowed us to record it and share it with you. You can watch it by going to the VIDEO EVENTS page and clicking on the link.

27th January 2021

National U3A Newsletter Jan 2021, Please click on this link NATIONAL U3A NEWSLETTER JAN 2021

20th January 2021

ZOOM COFFEE MORNING PROJECT....... WHY NOT SET UP A VIRTUAL COFFEE MORNING WITH YOUR U3A FRIENDS OR GROUP ?

For more information please CLICK HERE.

19th January 2021

Watch the latest U3A Radio Podcast on "You Tube". Please click on this link U3A RADIO PODCAST. EPISODE 4. JAN 21

16th January 2021

The National U3a has produced a Newsletter for the East of England, its first edition can be accessed by clicking on this link NEWS FROM THE EAST JANUARY 2021

8th January 2021

Message to all members from the U3A CEO and "Chair"

Please click on this link Jan 2021 MESSAGE FROM CEO AND CHAIR

4th January 2021

New Years message from the CEO of the Third Age.

Please click on this link NEW YEARS MESSAGE FROM THE U3A

20th December 2020

A CHRISTMAS PRESENT TO ALL OUR MEMBERS

2021 RENEWALS

At the recent Christmas meeting the Chair of the committee made an important announcement regarding subscription renewals for next year.

As we were unable to take part in the vast majority of our activities this year the committee have decided to waive the renewal fee for 2021. If you choose to receive the magazine you'll still be required to pay the additional £3 for this. Lapsed and new members will incur the full fee but if you are RENEWING with us next spring there will be nothing to pay. Please see the WELCOME page for full details.

Thank you for your continued support, the committee really do appreciate it and we look forward to welcoming you back to meetings, groups and activities in the not too distant future.

21st November 2020

U3a November National Newsletter. All the latest news from National Office.

Please click on this link U3a NOVEMBER NATIONAL NEWSLETTER

19th November 2020

PR and Media Advisers required, CAN YOU HELP?

The National Office is looking for members with PR or Media Experience to help the U3a.

Please click onthis link U3a PR and MEDIA ADVISERS ROLES Link

13th November 2020

COMMITTEE VACANCIES......COMMITTEE VACANCIES........COMMITTEE VACANCIES

We have one vacancy that needs to be filled in order for YOUR U3a to function effectively.

SPEAKER SECRETARY

Please give some thought if you could help in this role and contact the "CHAIR" through the CONTACT page on the website.

A Job description can be viewed by clicking on this link COMMITTEE JOB DESCRIPTIONS

8th November. REMEMBRANCE DAY. DEREHAM U3a WREATH LAYING

For the fallen.

This week marks the 102nd anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War.

Events on Remembrance Sunday were obviously very different this year. Nevertheless we were honoured to be invited to participate for the first time.

In a pared down event at the town's war memorial a wreath was laid on behalf of us all by our president, Sue Rothwell.

We hope we can mark the occasion in a more usual manner next year.

We will remember them.

7th November 2020

Chairmans e mail to all members including information on November Zoom meeting. Please click on this link CHAIRMANS E MAIL 7th NOVEMBER 2020

3rd - 4th November 2020

IMPORTANT...... Latest Covid 19 Guidance from our National Office. Please click on these links NATIONAL UPDATE 1 and NATIONAL UPDATE 2

2nd November 2020

YOUR SPACE .....New Members page

This is a new page dedicated to any items of interest members would like to submit. Stories, Photographs, Poems, the sky is the limit. Please send your items to the Communications Officer using the link on the CONTACT page.

Angus Spooner has already sent us a great article to start the page off.

26th Sept 2020.

VIDEO EVENTS

This new page contains links to external websites which we hope will offer varied types of on line entertainment and education for our members whilst "Lockdown" continues. If you have any suggestions for suitable websites please contact the Communications Officer via the link on the CONTACT page.

21st September

GROUP CONVENORS. New Covid 19 Advice has just been received from the U3A National Office. This information can be found by going to the GROUPS page and clicking on the Group convenors resources link which will take you to the Group Convenors resources page. You will also find Risk Assessment forms available to read or download on this page.

15th August

HELP....HELP....HELP....HELP....HELP....HELP.

ITEMS FOR THE WEBSITE. ......ITEMS FOR THE WEBSITE. ......ITEMS FOR THE WEBSITE.

If any member or group Convenors have any items they would like posted on the website, especially on the individual group pages please send them by E mail (barryfhome@gmail.com) and I will do my best to put them on. If you would like to speak to me please telephone 01760 441259. Barry

17th July. A message from the new Chairman

A message to all from the new Chairman, David Terry. Please click on this link Message from new Chairman

AGM 9th July

Our AGM was held on zoom on 9th July, attended by the committee on your behalf. We are very pleased to welcome David Terry, Catherine Hawkins, Jan Waterman and Stef Spooner to the committee. The minutes and Chairman's report can be found on the links on this page.

PLEASE DO PASS ON THIS INFORMATION TO MEMBERS WHO HAVE NO E MAIL