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WELCOME TO THE HARLOW U3A WEBSITE

Annual General Meeting - 2020

Draft Minutes available via the link ==>

The AGM, held by email and regular mail to avoid any risk of Coronavirus infection, was concluded on October 7th, 2020 when 131 responses (129 email, 2 postal) had been received. The quorum requirement is 10% of the current membership, 741, or 75 members voting. All votes were in favour of the Nominees and adoption of the minutes of the 2019 AGM. The new Committee Members are now: Treasurer - Geoff Kay, Groups Treasurer - Helen Simpson and Membership Secretary - Chris Chesham.

The Committee wishes to express appreciation on behalf of the membership for the work performed and the dedication shown to our U3A by the retiring Committee Members, Heather Graham, Pam Pryor and Claire Knight.

General Meetings are CANCELLED More details on the MEETINGS page

Meetings will resume when government advice indicates it is safe to do so.

July Committee Meeting - Held via E-mail

Minutesvia the link==>

Essex County Council has useful information on the epidemic and related support for vulnerable individuals

The ECC websitehttps://www.essex.gov.uk/topic/coronavirusHas details

Action Fraud - Link to the Website ==>

Note that the Action Fraud site doesn't open immediately - Click on "Open in a new window" to access the site

For Groups there are alternatives to physical gatherings

Try Skype and Zoom.comboth require FREE app downloadsand some set up

Membership

Members who did not renew by June 30th are now lapsed and are not eligible to attend U3A Groups and activities.
Please contact our Membership Secretary, Chris Chesham, at u3aharlowmemsec@gmail.com to re-join.

The Harlow & Surrounding Areas U3A is an unincorporated members association, an affiliate of the Third Age Trust and registered as a charity in England and Wales. Number: 1132663

All information you provide is subject to U3A policies on Data Protection and Privacy - see links.

The Harlow U3A Constitution, with revisions adopted on August 28th 2019, is available via the link ==>

The 2020 & 2021 Meeting Calendars and Committee Meeting Minutes are on the Meetings Page

Groups Section

Details on the Groups Page

The Interest Groups information on the website has been updated as of July 31st 2020

HARLOW U3A NEWSLETTER - Volunteers, Articles and Photos Needed

The Newsletter has now become the on-line News Sheet". It remains an enjoyable and informative read that has improved and grown through the efforts of our editor, Terry.

Terry is in need of an assistant/understudy and any support offered. Please consider joining the Newsletter Team so that we can keep delivering the news and entertainment that keeps our members informed and the broader community interested in our U3A.

The September "News Sheet" is now available via the link. ==>

We plan to publish News Sheets so long as we are unable to meet physically. There's no schedule or deadline - when there is enough material Terry will put it together - so keep those words flowing. There will be no printed editions until "normal life" resumes - so No printing costs.

If you are aware of members/friends who do not have email please print a copy and send it to them.

Contributions in the form of Articles and Photos from the Groups are always welcome. - The articles can be as brief as you like - please just take a few minutes to let everyone know how much you enjoy your group's activities.

Contact: harlowu3anewsletter@gmail.com

See the current News Sheet No. 2 distributed by email in June 2020via the link -->
Contact The editors:harlowu3anewsletter@gmail.com
Wanted - Pictures Group ActivitiesFor Newsletter & Website

Members' comments and updates on the website are invited - we need PICTURES

e-mail Geoff Longsterglongster@hotmail.com

THE UNIVERSITY OF THE THIRD AGE

The U3A is an international self-help learning organisation for "3rd Agers". In the UK the national umbrella organization, The Third Age Trust ("TAT") is a company limited by guarantee with charitable status. Harlow U3A is an unincorporated charity that functions for the broader benefit of society. Harlow U3A is an operationally independent affiliate of TAT. U3A members are typically retired or semi-retired from paid employment and wish to share their skills, interests and experience with others. Harlow U3A provides many opportunities to try new hobbies and activities, to socialize, and join others supporting the community in volunteer roles.

Check the "Volunteer" page for local volunteering opportunities.

Everyone who is on the committee, runs one of the groups or helps at monthly meetings is a volunteer. Getting involved is a great way to make new friends, be socially active, to know what is happening within the U3A and engage with the wider community.

Find more about the history and ethos of the U3A on the National Organization's website, accessed via the "U3A" Page of this website, where you can also sign up for the monthly 'National U3A Newsletter'.

HARLOW U3A

Harlow and Surrounding Areas U3A was formed in January 2008. We have about 900 paid up members and 75 interest groups at the beginning of 2019. Check the Groups Page for a flavour and variety of interests/activities and find more details on groups that interest you. Contact information and meeting times of current groups are available on the Groups Page and also in the Newsletter.

The member-run groups are at the heart of the U3A. Every encouragement is given to serve more interests and start new groups. Interest group members manage their own arrangements and expenses, subject to general guidelines and rules on cash handling.

There is a monthly general meeting, usually the 4th Monday of the month, at Paringdon Sports Club, Paringdon Road, Great Parndon, Harlow, CM19 4QT from 10.00 to 12.30am. Actual meeting dates via the link ==>
Details of speakers etc. on the Meetings Page

Visitors are always welcome as prospective members at our monthly meetings and pay a £2.00 fee. This is a "one-time" opportunity to comply with insurance requirements.

The Events Page provides information on local events likely to be of interest to members including performances (theatre, cinema, music, art etc.) and community events. When available links are provided to more information and ticket sales. You can also subscribe to an email list for regular updates and news.

MEMBERSHIP

To join Harlow U3A please download an Application Form from the link and follow the instructions.

Alternatively, contact our Membership Secretary, Claire Knight, on 01279 416331 or e-mail Claire through the contacts page, using the Membership Buttton and she will send you an application form.

Our membership year runs from 1st April to 31st March. Annual membership from April 2019 is £13.50 per person.

PLEASE NOTE You will not be able to join at one of our meetings but you can pick up an application form.