(see Events page for details and Dates for your Diary)
SUMMER BREAK REMINDER
Our summer break starts after the July monthly meeting (Tuesday 9th), so there’s no Drop-in in July or August, and no August newsletter or monthly meeting. We then start again with the September meeting – see notice later in this newsletter. For the September newsletter – please send items to Ron by 27th August at the latest – followed by our September monthly meeting on Tuesday 10th.
NEW FURNESS U3A LEAFLETS
Harry Knowles, our publicity officer, has had some new Furness U3A leaflets designed and printed. And we’d like your help to get some distributed and displayed in suitable places where possible new members might see them, particularly in Barrow and Dalton and other places where we have much fewer members and need to raise our profile – i.e. outside Ulverston, where we’re already well known.
So if you know somewhere in those areas that might be suitable – e.g. a community hall or a doctor’s or dentist’s waiting room – then please come to the drop-in on Tuesday (30th April) or the May monthly meeting (Tuesday 14th) to collect some leaflets, and help us distribute them and so raise our profile in Barrow, Dalton, Askam, etc., where Furness U3A is much less well known. Thank you.
NEW BARROW DROP-IN
Our recent trial Drop-in in at Barrow was very successful, with many people calling in, both existing members and visitors, and ten people taking the opportunity to join or renew their Furness U3A membership. In fact, the room we’d booked turned out to be rather small for the purpose, so we’ll be looking into other possible venues for future drop-ins around the area. Many thanks to everyone who helped organise and run the drop-in, and to everyone who came and made it a successful get-together – it was great to meet quite a few new faces.
Peter Quiggin (Chair)
From April, there will be a Book Swap table at each ‘Drop-in’. This is in addition to the book swap which is at the back of the hall at the monthly meeting. Members can bring books, and take away books, at no cost. Books only, please - no magazines.
Joan Nicholson, Drop-In Organiser
SOUTH LAKES U3A OFFER
We have had an invitation from South Lakes U3A whose Culture trips group have organised a visit to The Bridgewater Hall to hear the highly acclaimed 16 Choir and orchestra perform Monteverdi's 1610 Vespers. This is considered to be the greatest liturgical composition that set a precedence for Bach's Mass in B minor and Beethoven's Missa Solemnis.
Seats will be in the stalls and travel is by coach from Kendal. The final price is dependent on numbers. If any of our members are interested in joining us they will be most welcome. Contact Ann Quintilla for more information.
Russian Group starting in Lancaster & Morecambe U3A
Lancaster & Morecambe U3A is starting this new group in this ‘niche’ subject and are looking for sufficient group members to make it a success. It is intended for people with intermediate or advanced Russian - approximately A-level or above – and activities include reading and translating a variety of texts, conversation and grammar revision. It is not a formal taught class. The group meets in the Friends Meeting House in Lancaster (next to the railway station) on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month, 10am to 12 noon. For more information contact Jenny Walmsley
Furness U3A members can attend up to two group meetings as visitors, but after that would need to join Lancaster & Morecambe U3A as Associate members (see their Membership webpage).(Peter Quiggin)
U3A NW Region Summer School 27th – 30th August at Newton Rigg College, Penrith
The annual summer school is happening again this year, organised by the U3A North West region at Newton Rigg college near Penrith. And Furness U3A members who’ve been on it in previous years have said it was very good, so well worth looking into. Full details and booking are now available – see the U3A North West Regional website Events page and their Summer School 2019 Overview and Course Synopsis – and there’s also a significant discount for booking before the end of May.
Message to All Members from the U3A Northwest Regional Trustee
following on from the last newsflash, here are the final details for the Big Sing and Committee Forum as well as a reminder about the Regional Conference and AGM.
Registration for these events is available on the website. www.u3asites.org.uk/north-west/events
Extra Phone/Tablet/Computer Help
If you’ve got a problem with your phone, tablet or computer you can come to our computer help desk at our U3A monthly drop-in sessions at the Coro (last Tuesday of the month, 10 to 11:30am), and also at the Barrow drop-in that we’re holding on Thursday morning June 20th (again 10 to 11:30am). But we sometimes have a queue and run out of time to help everyone. So it’s worth knowing that computer help is also available at local libraries, which might be better for you if the next drop-in is too long to wait: -
The Barrow library webpage says that Barrow main library (Ramsden Square) have daily IT sessions where you can learn how to do various IT things or ask for IT help with any problems you have, as well as a Thursday Silver Surfers session. Ring them (01229 407370) to find out more and book.
The Barrow Library Facebook page also says that Walney Library will be hosting free IT help for your smartphone, tablet or laptop on Monday June 10th. To book, call Walney Library on 01229 471742.
Ulverston Library has a very knowledgeable and friendly volunteer called Chris, who holds a weekly IT help session on Tuesday afternoons from 1pm to 3pm. And Age UK also run IT drop-in sessions at Ulverston Library, on the first and second Thursdays of each month from 10:30am until 12. Ring them (01229 404151) to find out more.
Dalton Community Association is planning drop-in computer help sessions in their computer suite in the Community Centre Drill Hall] on Nelson Street. Contact DCA for details – 01229 463929.
Reduced railcard cost for people using hearing aids
If you use a hearing aid you are eligible to apply for a Disabled Persons Railcard, saving £10 on the cost of a Senior Railcard. Follow this link to find out details - Disabled Persons Railcard
Opportunities to join interest groups offered by Neighbouring U3As
Information about interest groups run by South Cumbria U3As can be found here: Groups run by South Cumbria U3A
N.B.Just a reminder that the U3A is an organisation run for the members by the members. If you would like to be part of a group which is not already offered, please consider starting one!
Setting up Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs)
This is a good idea for many people in their third age, so if you don't know much about them they're worth learning about. But if you already have already LPAs (or enduring powers of attorney - less common) and you registered them between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017 then you are probably eligible for a refund of part of the application fee that you paid. The reason for the refunds is that the cost of administering LPAs has reduced as more people have been registering them in recent years, so in April 2017 the registration fee was reduced accordingly, and they've decided to also backdate some reductions a further 4 years before that. It’s easy to claim and the amount available is well worth it - see refunds for details and how to claim. Don’t know what LPAs are? They are pre-registered authorisations that say who you're happy to take over managing your affairs if (and not before) you became unable to make your own decisions. This certainly isn't something any of us want to happen, but if it does, then without an LPA already in place it's much, much more difficult for the people you trust to help you by managing your affairs for you. See Power of Attorney
The Priority Services Register (PSR)
This is a free service provided by energy suppliers and network operators to customers in need. Click on this link for more information Priority Services Register