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Dear Eastbourne Meads U3A Member,

The government's most recent advice can be seen at https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response.

It is clear that everyone should avoid all unnecessary social activity, so I think that we have no choice but to cancel all our Meads U3A activities until further notice, i.e. "close personal association" activities, where we meet with other members. This clearly does not rule out activities that it may still be possible to continue via email. This is now our revised policy, dated 17 March 2020.

Would all Group Leaders please ensure that those of their members who do not have email are made aware of this policy.

With further sadness, but with best wishes

[Brian Braby - Eastbourne Meads U3A Chair]

17 March, 2020


Dear Eastbourne Meads U3A Member,

Due to the growing Coronavirus threat, your Committee has reluctantly decided to cancel the monthly meetings until further notice. We recommend that you re-read and follow the Third Age Trust advice sent to members very recently:

1 Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
2 Always wash your hands when you get home or into work
3 Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
4 Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
5 Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
6 Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
7 Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

We recommend that group leaders should be allowed to make their own decisions over whether their groups should continue to meet, at least for the foreseeable future. However, we are strongly of the opinion that group leaders with large groups, which mostly meet in church halls etc., should be cancelled until further notice. This relative freedom to decide may well be over-ridden by subsequent advice from the Third Age Trust.

We think that some loss of U3A activities in the short term, is a price we need to pay for doing what we can to protect the lives of our members. We are aware that this decision may seem to some people as scaremongering, but we are conscious that many of our members fall into the 'at risk' category and we want to protect them if we can by taking the precautions outlined by the Third Age Trust.

We have not yet looked forward as far ahead as our A.G.M., and we will keep you up to date with further developments as they arise.

With best wishes, and with a heavy heart.


[Brian Braby - Eastbourne Meads U3A Chair]

13 March, 2020

(NB: For those members interested in following updates - WHO-Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Report – 52)


Harmonisation of Group Membership between Meads and Central U3As
There has been an informal understanding between the three Eastbourne U3As for many years that a member of one U3A may become a member of a group in one of the other U3As, at no additional fee. However, so far as we can make out, this understanding has never been formalised in writing, and has been subject to different interpretations.

The Meads and Central Committees have now agreed the following formal policy:

A member from either U3A may become a member of another U3A’s group, provided there are vacancies in the group. However, when demand exceeds supply, priority will be given to members of the home U3A.

Should a member of the home U3A wish to join a group that is full and contains a member from another U3A, the member from the other U3A will be given three options:

1. to withdraw their membership of that group,
2. to withdraw their membership of their original U3A, and join the group’s home U3A,
3. to maintain their membership of their original U3A, and in addition, to join the group’s home U3A by paying a reduced membership fee of £9, thereby becoming a full member of both U3As.

This will take effect straightaway. This may involve a slight change in fee rates, which will be put to the membership at the AGM.

Up until now, there has been little or no inter-group membership involving Eastbourne and Wealden U3A, but it is agreed to approach Eastbourne and Wealden U3A with the view to establishing a similar arrangement with them.

Yellow Sheet (programme)
Periodically, during the course of the term, amendments are made to the yellow sheet and when this happens, the version number and date are updated, so please keep an eye on this.

GDPR and Privacy policy
The full General Data Protection Regulations and the Privacy Policy are available to read on the Members’ Page.

12 February 2020