March

MEMBER PAGE

MARCH U3A UNDER COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

I think that it’s fair to say that the Corona Virus has severely disrupted our activities! There are very few planned physical meetings but some activity groups are meeting online and some small Groups are meeting outside.
It is very much our intention to get back to normal at the earliest opportunity but for that, we are dependent on our wider society itself also getting back to normal – we shall not do anything that will put the health of our members at risk.

Many of our members are wondering when and where they will receive the vaccine. Click on 'Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS' for the latest information on this subject. Please do not contact your GP for information.

MARCH LIBRARY Opening times.

Opening hours from 12th April are:

Monday 10-2, Tuesday 10-2, Wednesday closed

Thursday 1-5, Friday 10-2, Saturday 10-2

The library will be open for:

· Browsing of books.
· Returning items.
· Collecting reserved books.
· Select & Collect.
· Pre-booked PC use.

There will be no events, newspapers or magazines and no seating areas.

To reserve books, pre-book a PC or join the library please visit their website: www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/library or call on 0345 045 5225

They are not planning any events or room hire etc at the moment, but will be sure to let everyone know when this is introduced.

In addition to collecting books you can now request jigsaw puzzles using the email march.referral@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Because the AGM, scheduled for last April 8th, was cancelled the Annual Reports and Financial Statement were not issued to members as is normal. It was therefore decided to send them via email and to also make them available to members through these links. A 'virtual' AGM was held on 18th June and a new Committee was elected. Details can be found on the CONTACT page.
Please do contact us if you have any queries about March u3a, through the CONTACT page. In the meantime, please stay safe and well.

COMMITTEE MINUTES and NOTICE SHEETS
These password protected documents can now be viewed by clicking the link on the right.

GENERAL INFORMATION

MEMORY SURVEY
A 2nd year PhD student at the University of Hertfordshire is currently running an online survey about everyday memory errors across the lifespan of healthy adults. The online study will not require any personal/identifiable details. All you would be required to do is to spend 30-40 minutes answering questions in an online survey about how often you experience different types of memory errors and how often would they expect people in different age groups to experience those as well.
If you are interested in participating in this survey click the Memory Survey link.

EAST OF ENGLAND REGION NOTE
Jeff Carter, who was u3a East of England regional Trustee, wrote to every u3a in our region prior to handing over his post at the u3a AGM on September 29th. To read this note click on the 'Note from Jeff Carter' link.

2020 Photo Competition.
This competition was open to all members of March u3a and divided into 2 categories:-
1. Things That Give Me Joy
2. Nature
By clicking the links above or on the right you can see all the submitted photographs and the entrants including the winners and runners up. Thanks to everyone who submitted entries.

THIRD AGE TRUST (TAT) NEWS

U3A National Newsletters

To receive this national newsletter for u3a stories, events, advice, opportunities and more click on u3a National Newsletters and register with your details. (Our region is 'East of England)
The newsletter will be sent direct to your email address. (Note: the newsletter is not a replacement for the “Third Age Matters” magazine).

U3A IN THE TIME OF CORONA
This book is based on the Diary Project and has been created using contributions from U3A members all over the country.
It chronicles our reactions to coronavirus and isolation, as well as how to get a supermarket delivery, how to cut your own hair and what to do with all that free time. Some people sent drawings, photographs and poems, which have been included.
The book is A4, 120 pages, colour printed and costs £10 including postage.
If you would like to order a copy, please go to the national website https://www.u3a.org.uk/advice/shop/

Booklet

Contents
In the Beginning How it all started, in Wuhan and elsewhere
Don’t Panic! Panic buying, food, loo rolls, home deliveries
Vulnerable? Me? Health of individual and household, physical and mental
Family and Friends Concerns about adult children, elderly parents and friends
Missing Granny Grandchildren, missing them, help with home schooling
Filling Those Empty Hours Occupations– art, cooking, music, exercise, books, gardening etc etc ….
Learn, Laugh, Live U3A – how it was, how we’re keeping it going, technology
In Tune with Nature? Natural world - for mental and physical health, including environmental aspects
Not on the Bright Side Loss of friends and family, knock on effects
Such a Thing as Society? Community support, key workers, Clap for Carers
What the Future Holds...? What is the ‘new normal’ is likely to be?

U3A MONTHLY PODCASTS
You can now tune in to hear the u3a radio podcasts which are broadcast via their YouTube channel.
These are a series of broadcasts featuring contributions from group leaders and key figures in the u3a movement and explores the theme of u3a Looking Forward.
The Third Age Trust is very excited about this project which they aim to grow and develop over the coming year. They hope you enjoyed their previous broadcasts and are pleased to announce the latest (see below).

Our YouTube link can be shared with friends and colleagues across the movement.

To listen to the broadcasts click on the links below.
First Broadcast October 2020
Second Broadcast November 2020
Third Broadcast December 2020 This is a special Christmas edition and includes a virtual Christmas party.
Christmas Day broadcast
New Year Message from the u3a CEO, Sam Mauger.
Fourth Broadcast January 2021
Fifth Broadcast February 2021
Sixth Broadcast March 2021

Please tell your friends and colleagues to tune in! If you have an interesting story to tell - get in touch - you can email them at communications@u3a.org.uk
Why not have a look at the u3a YouTube Channel to keep up to date with events? If you subscribe and click the bell you will get automatic updates.

CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION

Some documents contain confidential information and, in accordance with our Privacy Policy, require a username and password to access them. The user name and password, both case-sensitive are printed on the back of your Membership card. They are the same for all March u3a Members and cannot be changed. They should be kept secure from all non-members. Depending on your computer and "browser" (e.g Internet Explorer, MS Edge, Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari) you may be able to get your device to remember these to save you typing them in every time.

See the box on the right for the latest monthly Notice Sheets and bi-annual Newsletters (March Matters). These documents are available to March u3a members only.
March Matters editions right back to June 2012 are available to view.
Please Note: The Notice Sheets are as issued at the Monthly Meeting and should be read with this in mind.

COMPLAINTS and GRIEVANCES

From time to time members may have a grievance or some cause for complaint about another member of March u3a, be it a Committee Member, Group Leader or ordinary member. In the first instance it is prudent to try to sort out the matter yourself. If this is not possible then the matter should be brought to the attention of either the Groups Coordinator, in the case of a Group matter, or the Chairman or Committee member for anything else. This can be verbal, initially, but should always be followed up with a written statement.
March u3a abide by the procedures set out by the Third Age Trust and the procedure documents can be viewed on the GUIDANCE, POLICIES and PROCEDURES page.
Here you can also read the procedure for disciplinary action to be taken in the case of problems related to a breach or suspected breach of the agreed Code of Conduct by a member or Committee member.