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13th October 2021 - The appointment of Carol Cooper as our Accessibility Officer. “Havant U3A is committed to ensuring that all of its activities are available to as many of its members as possible. To this end Carol Cooper has agreed to undertake this role. If you need help or have concerns about accessibility to what you want to do within Havant U3A please contact her by email at email@example.com or, if you do not have the internet, by telephone on 07586 344 939.
1st October 2021 - Havant Financial Policy, Havant Accessibility Policy, Havant Data Protection Policy, Havant Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy and Havant Trustee Code of Conduct
Welfare contact for Havant U3A
Val Worthington has agreed to become the Welfare Contact for Havant U3A. If you know of a member who is seriously ill, or has passed away, please let her know. Havant U3A can offer sympathy and help in any way the member, or the members family, feel appropriate. Contact Val in person, or by email (click on the 'bluebird' at top right hand corner of this page) or by telephone on 07780 615 386.
The audited accounts for Havant U3A's financial year 1st August 2019 to 31st July 2020 can be seen by clicking onto the appropriate link on the Membership Page. Also available are explanatory notes on the accounts and the Treasurer's Report.
RECOVERY IN SIGHT - PROGRESS REPORT
At last it would appear that recovery from lockdown is now in sight, although it remains to be seen how long it will be before we can hold monthly meetings at Bedhampton Community Centre.
Already, however, the green shoots of recovery have appeared. The Walking Group held their first socially distanced walk on Wednesday 31 March and the following day the Birdwatching Group met. The Line Dancing Group is expected to resume their activities on Friday 21 May.
Meanwhile, the Zoom programme continues to break new ground. On Wednesday 24 March, we held our first evening quiz attended by 13 groups, including three from neighbouring Emsworth & District U3A. From the messages received by the Committee, it is clear that the quiz was a resounding success and was much enjoyed. Our thanks go to Geoff Worthington, Peter Newman and Martin Owen, who organised the event and set the questions, overcoming significant technological challenges along the way.
So pleasing was the response, that the Committee have resolved to repeat the quiz format on Wednesday 26 May again in the evening. Close family members will be eligible to attend and we shall invite other U3As to participate.
As many of you will know, our virtual monthly meetings have been well attended and we look forward to welcoming David Gane, who is a member of Emsworth and District U3A, on Thursday 15 April, when he will give a talk entitled: “Anyone can do it - a Beginners Guide to Science”. Members will recall with pleasure that he presented our first virtual monthly meeting in June last year.
At our May meeting, Professor Malcolm Coe, Professor of Astronomy at Southampton University, will return with a talk entitled, “Asteroids-a Waste of Space?” Professor Coe is a leading authority on Asteroids and one has been named after him-9015 Coe. Members will recall that he previously spoke to us in February2019.
Following the research undertaken by Elizabeth Jorge into our computer competency, a small but extremely capable group of mentors has been created under the leadership of Steve Dawson to help members overcome computer problems. Details of the support group are on the website at: “Internet and Computer Help.”
Members will have read in the Third Age Matters newspaper that Wednesday 2 June has been designated U3A day. All U3As are asked to organise events to publicise the U3A movement. This is an attempt by the Third Age Trust to raise the profile of the U3A and to increase membership numbers, given that U3As’ activities have been curtailed during the lockdown and membership numbers have fallen away.
To celebrate U3A day, we plan to hold a virtual meeting on 2 June when Steve Price, a magician who usually creates illusions on cruise ships but is currently shore bound, will entertain us. He will present a talk with incredible tricks and intriguing illusions that will have you talking for weeks. I am sure that you will much enjoy his performance.
Accordingly, members will be asked to invite guests to join us at this meeting and forward links to them in the hope that some may wish to join us. In addition, we shall be seeking to publicise Havant U3A through various media outlets.
And finally, the Third Age Trust has arranged a series of presentations on the subject of: “Exploring World Faiths” between 12-16 April. If you are interested, you should register using this link: https://u3asites.org.uk/west-midlands/events
We have much to which we can look forward.
Best wishes and stay well,
John West, Chairman
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