This page, written mainly by the Chairman, is for general news. For news relating to our interest groups go to the Group News page.
Third Age Trust Annual Report 2018-19
The Third Age Trust has published its Annual Report for 2018-19 and can be viewed in full on the website, provided you have registered. However, as it runs to over 40 pages, you may prefer to view a two-page summary which focuses on some key numbers and on plans for the future, rather than on achievements over the last year or so. You can read my 2018 - 2019 report Summary here. 20.08.19
Your membership continues until 1st November 2019 but may be renewed now for next year using the Members Portal and paying by PayPal, debit card or credit card. If you wish to change your class of membership, you cannot renew on-line but need to contact the Membership Secretary. If you need help visit How to Renew Your Membership on-line
Items from the July National Newsletter
The BBC has announced details of the TV Licence fee concession for those over 75 which will be implemented from June next year.
As a result, from June 2020, any household with someone aged over 75 who receives Pension Credit, will be eligible for a free TV licence funded by the BBC.
The Trust is encouraging members who are eligible for pension credit to apply.
You can find details of How to Claim Pension Credit here.
For advice and eligibility you can go to Age UK - Pension Credit
Riviera Travel holiday bookings
If you book a holiday through Riviera Travel and let them know you are an Evesham & District U3A member, the company will pay a commission to our U3A. It should be pointed out, however, that the money belongs to the U3A and should not be passed on to individual members. The U3A should use the funds for the benefit of all of the members generally.
Third Age Matters
Joanne Smith has been appointed to the post of editor of TAM. She will take over from Francis Beckett who retires after the November issue.
Can you read Pitman Shorthand?
The GNM Archive, part of the Guardian Foundation charity is asking for help from U3A members who can read Pitman shorthand.
The Archive collects, preserves and makes accessible records of the Guardian and Observer newspapers.
It has acquired the unique collection of Clyde Sanger, the Guardian’s first Africa correspondent, reporting for the newspaper between 1960 and 1965.
Clyde’s papers include around 130 notebooks mostly covering his work in Central, Southern and Eastern Africa. Many are partially written in Pitman shorthand, which the archivists (and most researchers) can't read!
U3A members have so much experience and expertise that the archivists hope to find someone who might be willing to transcribe the shorthand text.
Read more about this on the Facebook Pitman post
Please write to Elizabeth Drury to express your interest.
British Standards Institution (BSI)
Do you have an interest in consumer issues?
BSI’s Consumer & Public Interest Network (CPIN) is asking for volunteers from U3A to represent the voice of UK consumers in the development of British Standards.
CPIN members are trained to be independent consumer experts, who represent consumers on committees developing standards for many sectors.
If you are interested in becoming a CPIN rep, please contact the BSI Group with a brief CV, or with any questions you may have.
U3A book offer
Bloomsbury Publishing are offering book-loving U3A members a 30% discount on most books on the site that includes fiction, non fiction, children’s and cookery plus a discount on all events at the Bloomsbury institute using the code U3A30 at checkout.
Bloomsbury also own the Writers’ and Artists’ brand and the 30% discount is also included on their editing services and one day events run from the Writers and Artists website, use code U3AWRITERS
Interested in a Geology trip?
Are you interested in a potential Geological and Cultural visit to Lanzarote in September 2020?
The trip would be organised by Dr John Cubitt and his Wife Professor Cynthia Burek after they organised a similar trip for the OU tutors group last year and will include the Geology of South Lanzarote and North Lanzarote, including the lava tunnels of Cuervos Las Verde and Jameos del Agua.
For more information and details please contact John on 07714430171 or email John Cubitt
If you do decide to participate in any of these nationally promoted events, please let the Committee know. 09.08.19
Trustees Report to AGM 2019
Further to the AGM held on 5th June the Trustees Report to AGM 2019 including both the Chairman’s and Treasurer’s reports is now available on line. 19.06.19
John Halford is still looking for volunteers to deliver newsletters: one for the new estate off the Offenham Road, another to deliver in Pershore and another in Lower Moor. The job needs doing only once every three months after publication, so it is not onerous and saves postage costs. If you think you could help with either of these roles, please contact John on 834648. 09.08.19
Our team has tidied up the website to make it more Smart Phone and Tablet friendly. We are also here to help everyone keep their Web Pages up to date. We recognise that, apart from basic changes to the text, this Website is far from easy to edit! If you require assistance or advice you can contact the Website Team
Roger Wyatt 07.09.2019
Staying safe on line
This report on a U3A workshop on Cyber Security contains advice about how to protect yourself online.
In case you are unaware ... the Garden Centre at Twyford, Home & Garden, the Valley gives members of Evesham U3A a 10% discount on full-price items. You need to show your membership card and ask politely. 05.04.17