When we wrote to members on behalf of Market Drayton U3A shortly before Christmas who would have thought we would find ourselves back in lockdown so soon? The global pandemic has affected us all even if we are lucky enough not to have contracted the virus unlike so many others.
Your committee are continuing to meet virtually and are trying to keep the Group’s finances on track. We deferred collecting subscriptions and renewing memberships last September when it seemed as though we would be resuming our usual activities fairly soon. At the same time we also had to postpone our AGM and this will take place as and when circumstances permit, as previously reported.
Unfortunately we still have financial commitments to the Third Age Trust in the form of capitation fees, which need to be paid in March and amount to approximately £1,000 per year. The fees cover public liability insurance, licensing to photocopy, play music and show films, as well as the cost of your Third Age Matters magazine. There are also some online U3A courses (on Zoom and GDPR) and YouTube pieces which you might well enjoy and find useful (Mr Motivator, Mindfulness) if you haven’t done so already. The U3A also produces a national newsletter, which is easily obtainable by registering online at https://www.u3a.org.uk/newsletter.
Our other current expenses are postage and printing, which amount to about £50 per mailing although email helps to reduce the overall cost.
Later on this year Market Drayton U3A, with its array of special interest groups and line up of speakers as well as cultural trips, will have been in existence for 23 years. In order to have sufficient funds to kick start activities and return to normal as soon as possible we need to ask you to re-join now. The committee has agreed a reduced subscription of £5, payable either in cash or cheque and, sent with your name and contact details to Jan Bickley. Should you wish to pay the usual £12 subscription you are, of course, welcome to do so and we would be grateful.
If you are on email it would be very useful if you could email Jan (firstname.lastname@example.org so she can keep our records up to date. Email, for those who have it, is the quickest and cheapest way for all of us to keep in touch.
Regrettably, due to personal circumstances, there will be no spring edition of our own newsletter this year but please continue to submit contributions to Alan Cartwright (email@example.com)
We would suggest that you regularly check this website in future as that is how we will communicate anything which needs to be disseminated quickly and where the AGM details will be announced when we are able to hold it.
If you would be interested in a virtual coffee morning please contact Cathy Simpson (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you would like to be included in quizzes please contact Meriel Blower (email@example.com) The quizzes take a variety of forms-general knowledge, cryptic, word linking and are non-competitive.
It was disheartening to enter lockdown again, but we need to remain as positive as we can and try to live, learn and laugh. This emergency will pass, just not as soon as we originally thought. When it does, we need to be ready to move forward. The committee is working on this, but welcomes any ideas, suggestions or offers of practical help. This situation has given us the opportunity to reflect and change where it is necessary or helpful. In the meantime, stay well, stay safe.
Market Drayton U3A Committee