Lancing & Sompting

Covid 19

From 14th August it is necessary for everyone to wear a face mask on entering and throughout their visit to a community hall.


In September, the Government issued further Covid guidelines that have now been varied by the creation of three categories based on the rate of infection per one hundred thousand of the local population.
Fortunately, in Sussex the rate of infection is low, and we fall within the medium tier category at present. This means that:
• The rule of 6 still applies. People can create “bubbles of six” keeping at least l metre apart when all facing in the same direction, and 2 metres when facing each other. If a venue can accommodate more, up to five separate bubbles can meet, with at least 2 metres between each bubble.
• Gyms can stay open.
• Weddings (with no more than 15 people) and funerals and Places of Worship (with no more than 30 people) can still hold services (but with no singing).
• Schools and universities can remain open.
• The 10 p.m. curfew on pubs and restaurants remains.
• Businesses and venues not shut by current law can continue to operate.

If you experience any of the symptoms such as a high temperature, dry persistent cough, loss of taste and smell you should contact NHS direct on 119. Otherwise continue to wear a mask when visiting inside venues, sanitise your hands regularly and keep a social distance with others.

Many venues will ask you to use a QR scan which links to the Government track and trace system. A lot of older phones are not compatible with this system, but if you do have this facility, you may be contacted by the NHS if you have been in contact with someone who is displaying the virus symptoms. The official phone number is 0300 013 5000. If you are asked to contact any other number BEWARE particularly if it starts with 09 or 087 – it’s a scam number.

Sue Maxwell


Libraries Update, 13.08.20

Libraries are reopening for browsing!
All 36 libraries in West Sussex will reopen for browsing during their limited opening hours from Monday 17 August.
Our aim is to gradually increase library opening hours over time, but at first the offer will remain limited in order to manage the new safety measures required for both customers and staff. This includes making sure that everyone in the library has space to move around safely and that returned stock can be quarantined for 72 hours.
During this time, our Select and Collect offer will remain in place; so whether you wish to reserve specific items or would like a member of staff to choose for you, your time in the library can be minimised with this service.
Please check the current opening hours before making your journey, and don't forget to bring your library card!
What to expect when you visit the library
Libraries are included in the Government list of places where face coverings must be worn.
Your local library will also look a little different when you return, as we have put measures in place to support customers and staff. These include:
• dropping off your returned items at the library entrance rather than at the self-service kiosks
• asking you to sanitise your hands as you come into the building
• limiting the number of people in the library at any one time
• adding arrows and floor markings where needed
• adding screens to service points
• moving furniture to create more space
• removing sale items such as cards and bags
We want everyone to feel safe at their local library. Our Customer Charter describes in more detail what we have in place and what we need you to do to help. Check out the picture version for a quick summary.

Access to library computers
We know that many of you have missed the library computers, perhaps where the internet cannot be accessed from home or because you rely on our printing and scanning facilities.
We hope you will be pleased to know that libraries in West Sussex will be offering a limited IT service in all 36 locations from 17 August.
These one hour sessions will need to be booked in advance, either by phoning or visiting your local library. To comply with social distancing guidance, fewer terminals than usual will be available. Our customer charter for Computer Use provides more information.
If you know someone who relies on library computers to get online, please let them know that IT is available again for limited use and to contact their local library to find out more.


Track and Trace scams:

The Police and Trading Standards are concerned that fraudsters will try and exploit this new system and get people to click on links or pass over information they shouldn’t.

The information below it to help you make sure you are in contact with the right people.

Genuine Contact Tracers will;

• Initially contact you by sending a text messages from ‘NHS’, calling you from 0300 013 5000 or by e-mail.

They will ask;

• That you sign into the NHS test and trace contact-tracing website seen here:
• Your full name and date of birth to confirm your identity, and postcode to offer support while self-isolating.
• About the coronavirus symptoms you have been experiencing.
• You to provide the name, telephone number and/or email address of anyone you have had close contact with in the two days prior to your symptoms starting.
• If anyone you have been in contact with is under 18 or lives outside of England.
They will never;

• Try and get you to dial a premium rate (09 or 087) number to speak to them.
• Ask you to make any form of payment or purchase a product or any kind.
• Try and get you to download any software to your PC or ask you to hand over control of your PC, smartphone or tablet to anyone else.
• Ask you to access any website other than this one
• Try and get any details about your bank account.
• Ask you for any passwords or PINs.
• Try and get you to set up any passwords or PINs over the phone.
• Ask for your social media identities or login details, or those of your contacts.
• Offer any medical advice on the treatment of any potential coronavirus symptoms.

If you suffer from fraud as the result of any such scams then please do report to Action Fraud using the link here: Action Fraud website

The National Cyber Security Centre is also keen to have phishing attacks that people receive forwarded to them via the e-mail address here:


A Note from our Insurers - 20/05/20

All U3A activities should have an appropriate risk assessment / checklist to ensure they are safe for U3A members to participate in. Government input about Covid19 is central to any risk assessment and given the advice remains “stay at home as much as possible” and “limit contact with other people” it follows that face-to-face U3A activity should not be undertaken at present. The government reasons for leaving home remain very limited and do not include for leisure activities such as provided by the U3A.