Forest Town & District

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Forest Town & District U3A Registered Charity Number 1186417.

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Nottinghamshire County Council - COVID-19 update 09/07/20



The AGM will not be taking place in June as planned.
The committee has decided to postpone the AGM until September, when, hopefully, we will be able to hold the meeting.


Our Vice Chairman, Mike Lyall, has unfortunately had to tender his resignation from the Committee, we thank Mike for his service to the committee.

This means that we now have a vacancy for this post.

You will recall my recent email concerning the above vacancy on our Committee.
In the Spring of 2019 many of you will remember Mike King, the Chairman at the time, appealing for nominations for the posts of Chairperson, Vice Chairperson and Treasurer, these are the executive posts on the Committee and we simply cannot function without them.

I was on holiday when I received Mike Kings email; my partner Kelvin Foster and I gave the matter a great deal of thought while we relaxed in the sunshine in Tenerife. We both used to work for the Ambulance Service and would come across people suffering from loneliness and isolation on a regular basis, through our experiences at work we recognised the huge benefits in socialising the U3A offered to people, we did not want it to fold so we volunteered to take up roles on the Committee and along with some other members we effectively rescued Forest Town & District U3A.

Personally, I am so grateful for the other members who volunteered along with me at the time.

However, we cannot take on any further roles, the Constitution does not allow for this.
If the post of Vice Chairperson is not filled our U3A WILL most certainly disband!

There will be no Groups, no trips, no holidays, no will all finish!

The role of Vice Chairperson is not as arduous as it might sound, apart from attending Committee meetings and having a say in how our U3A is run the Vice Chair would deputise for the Chairperson in their absence.
During the past months Mike Lyall only had to deputise for me on two occasions as I go to great lengths to book holidays and appointments at times that do not clash with meeting dates.
The successful candidate would be given support by all of the Committee members, we are all here to work with you.
Please give this matter some serious thought, you could effectively save your U3A by volunteering!

Kind regards
Linda Shutt

Please consider whether you would be able to fill this vacancy; it is requisite for the continuation of your U3A.
Please contact our Business Secretary, Sue Harkin, to express any interest in this role.

You can contact Sue via this link: Business Secretary

Other committee posts that need to be filled are: Assistant Membership Secretary, Assistant Treasurer, Speaker Finder and Web Editor.

Should you feel able to take up one of these posts please contact our Business Secretary Sue Harkin.

The appointments will be made under the casual vacancies provision, to be ratified at the reconvened AGM, any motions for the AGM must be submitted to Sue by 7th August.

In the meantime a copy of the accounts will be sent to all members who have supplied an email address. Anyone who doesn't have email can get a copy by sending a stamped addressed envelope to Membership Secretary, Jane Atkins.

Sue Harkin Business Secretary


Nottinghamshire County Council - COVID-19 02/07/20 Local outbreak control plan.

29/06/2020 - From the National U3A Office: Latest guidance for U3As 29 June 2020

Nottinghamshire County Council -COVID-19 25/06/20 - Libraries to re-open

Nottinghamshire County Council -COVID-19 Phone scam alert. see the Scam Alerts page.

Nottinghamshire County Council - COVID-19 12/06/20 Support for carers - Government guidance on face coverings - Changes to concessionary travel.

Nottinghamshire County Council - COVID-19 04/06/20 update.

Nottinghamshire County Council - COVID-19 28/05/20 Update on recycling centres

Nottinghamshire County Council - COVID-19 21/05/20 Libraries and archives to re-open - Young People’s Self-Isolation Survival Guide - May Half Term - stay home activities - Meet MASH

Nottinghamshire County Council - COVID-19 15/05/20 A message from the Leader - Car parks set to reopen - Food donations - Nottsbus services - School expansions - Recycling Centres

Nottinghamshire County Council - COVID-19 Reopening of Recycling centres 11/05/20

Read the Nottinghamshire County Council - Scam Alerts

Nottinghamshire County Council, Your Life Bulletin - local community heroes - stay active at home - more than just a meal - advice for people receiving direct payments - every mind matters - beware of scams - thank you care workers, click on this link: Your Life

Nottinghamshire County Council: COVID-19 Thank you 30/04/20

Nottinghamshire County Council: COVID-19 21/04/20

Nottinghamshire County Council: COVID-19 17/04/20

Nottinghamshire County Council: COVID-19 09/04/20

Nottinghamshire County Council: COVID-19 03/04/20

Nottinghamshire County Council - Find help in your area: COVID-19 02/04/20

The scammers are busy, taking advantage of the Coronavirus pandemic and us,
read this advice from Nottinghamshire County Council: CORONAVIRUS SCAMS


Suspension of U3A meetings.

Dear Members,

Following this mornings Committee meeting (16th.March 2020),the Committee have made the decision that, due to the ongoing issues concerning the Coronavirus, we must suspend our U3A general meetings.

This is not a decision we have taken lightly but we do acknowledge that the safety and welfare of all our members is very important.

Can we ask you all to be mindful of each other and offer support whenever you can without putting yourselves at unnecessary risk. However, if you live alone and have NO ONE to offer support should you need it please do not hesitate to contact a Committee member and we will make every effort to help.

The Newsletter will be published this month, as usual, but paper copies will only be posted to those members with no email addresses, there will be no facilities for members to collect copies.

We hope to possibly reconvene our general meetings in July but we will keep you updated so please do watch out for our email.

Stay safe, stay healthy!
Kind regards


You can keep in contact with other members of your group via email, phone, skype, WhatsApp, facetime, our Website and our Facebook page. If you have any questions regarding your group please email your group leader or the group coordinator.


The U3A Arts Festival due to be held in August is suspended.



Currently we have 249 members.

The fees for the membership year April 2020 to March 2021 are: Individual £17.00. Associate £13.50.

Cheques should be made out to: Forest Town & District U3A

Postal renewals should be addressed to:
Membership secretary
14 Paulson's Drive
Notts. NG19 7AA
Please enclose your name and cheque as above. It would be appreciated if you could provide a stamped address envelope for return of your new membership card, but not essential.

New for this year we can now offer payment by Bank Transfer:
Sort code - 30-90-89
Account number: 53978960
Name of Account: Forest Town & District U3A
It is imperative when using this method that you state your name otherwise we are unable to trace your payment.

Links to Membership application forms:

Membership application.pdf - Use this form if you wish to print and send by post.

Membership application.doc - Use this form if you wish to apply online and send by email, (depending on your device you may need to open it in a different window or from the taskbar and 'Enable Editing').

Jane Atkins
Membership Secretary



The Forest Town & District U3A JUNE 2020 newsletter and all previous newsletters are available to read on the Newsletter page.
To read the Newsletters and other .pdf documents on this website you will need Adobe Reader or Adobe Reader DC.
There is a download link to the Adobe website and guidance on the Computer and IT Group pages.


The Monthly National U3A newsletter

keeps you up to date with the latest events, happenings and workshops available to U3A members,
click on this link: News at the Third Age to read the latest National U3A newsletter.


The U3A Sources Magazine,

The Educational Journal of the U3A movement which you receive with the TAM magazine is now available online.
It is full of interesting articles about Shared Learning Projects and other Projects in the U3A movement both Nationally and Internationally.


For music lovers Click on this link: Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, turn the volume up!

Local Primary schools are looking for volunteers to help children with their reading
Can you help? you could make a difference
for details click on this link: Literacy Volunteers
Can you help at our Monthly General Meeting?
We are always looking for members to help at our General meetings - help with the refreshments (Tea/coffee)
Meeting and Greeting visitors and helping to set up tables and chairs for the meeting
If you are willing to help in any way please talk to any committee member or one of the ladies on the signing in table.


The National U3a website has re-opened as a new website: National U3A website
If you have previously registered to use the Members section of the National U3A website you may now find that your login details are no longer valid and will need to create a new account.


We believe that by including photographs of members and activities on our display boards and in our newsletter and web site helps to illustrate the warmth, friendliness and activities of our U3A and its associated groups.
However if YOU do not want your photo on the web site, newsletter or subsequent displays please tell the person taking the photo and turn away from the camera.

Nottinghamshire Help Yourself
You may find this site useful, the Nottinghamshire Help Yourself website is a partnership between health services,the voluntary sector and Nottinghamshire County Council to bring information and advice together in one place so people can find the information they need easily.
Macmillan Beyond Diagnosis Project.
Self Help UK in partnership with Macmillan have developed a service to provide practical and emotional support to anyone living in Nottingham city, Mansfield and Ashfield with a cancer diagnosis or still living with the physical or emotional effects of cancer treatments.
There are a number of services and support available, including:
• A befriending service in which specially trained volunteers can provide a supportive professional friendship.
- This can help to lesson isolation, increase confidence and provide reassurance at a difficult time.
• Practical support, including attending a doctors or hospital appointment together or assisting with light house work, gardening or shopping.
For any further information please feel free to contact 0115 8523102, or follow this link: Macmillan Beyond Diagnosis Project.


The Nottinghamshire Network of U3A's supports the U3A branches in the county and is active in establishing new U3A's. See their website: Nottinghamshire Network of U3A


North Notts Neighbourhood group.

We are members of the North Notts Neighbourhood Group, the group incorporates 7 local U3A's.
Members of the group are:
Forest Town & District U3A, Ashfield U3A, Dukeries U3A, Mansfield & District U3A, Sherwood U3A, Rainworth & District U3A, Sutton-in-Ashfield U3A.

The seven U3A NNNG members have agreed that there should be a reciprocal arrangement between the member groups whereby should you be interested in an interest group that a neighbouring U3A is running you can contact the Group Leader or Membership Co-ordinator of that U3A to see if they have a place for you.
If however you attend the General Meetings of that U3A you would be expected to join that U3A at the reduced membership fee.


General Data Protection Regulations 2018

New data protection regulations came into force in May 2018.
The new regulations do not change the way we use your membership details but do require that we have your signed consent to continue using that information.
Members renewing their membership will need to sign a consent form, applicants for membership will find a consent form on the reverse of the membership application form.
Forest Town & Dist.U3A Privacy Policy


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