Melbourn & District

Notices

SEE ALSO EVENTS FOR LOCAL AND NATIONAL U3A EVENTS

Local NHS consultation - feedback wanted before 20 December
Below is a link to a form many local people will want to complete

JOIN FOR THE NEXT YEAR
You’re invited to join and pay the £13.00 U3A subscription for the year ahead - i.e. till July 2020. You are welcome to bring £13 to a speaker meeting and join there. The WELCOME page above has an online form to join. Or you can post a cheque to Chris, the membership secretary - though do please make clear who any money you send is from!

MONTHLY NEWS LETTER
The current issue of the newsletter is here: Melbourn & district U3A newsletter. Do let us know if you never receive this and we will look into it. If you currently receive a printed newsletter, we ask if you know someone who would receive it and print it for you - if so, it would save resources here - so please let the Newsletter Editor know.

NEW - FINANCE AND INVESTING FORUM - see the newsletter (above) for the detail
Our local U3A’s own Finance & Investing forum is open for joining. The forum will be a place to share and improve our knowledge about investing in stock & shares. U3A members who have a real interest in the mechanisms of stock & shares investing are invited to this. If you are looking to find your way, come along and meet like minds. Next meeting is on Thursday 5 December.

HELP YOUR LOCAL U3A
Your U3A Committee has some roles that we need to share. For example we need a backup newsletter editor to cover for eventualities; a casual photographer and once a year we need help with membership forms. None of these roles are onerous so please step forward if you’ve some spare senior moments.

INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING?
Be a trustee; cook; visitor, cinema helper; charity shop helper … if you’ve time spare you may find local volunteering opportunities, for all ages at DO-IT - www.do-it.org. There are even opportunities to help from home. We searched locally to find well over a hundred items.

DECEMBER 2019 NHS CONSULTATION - from above
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group is responsible for funding hospital, GP, pharmacy and mental health services. They plan to cut £millions from these services and they have a consultation exercise to find out which services you wish to keep. Explained here > http://bit.ly/NHSBigConversation < is why it's important that people respond to the survey - look down the page for the survey link. The closing date for responses is 20th December. There is a public meeting at Cambourne on 12 November, 6.00 pm to 7.30 pm. More info about the situation here: http://roystoncommunityhealth.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/NHS-Big-Conversation-summary.pdf

SCHOOLREADERS QUIZ
Schoolreaders is a charity that recruits volunteers to listen to children read in primary schools to help childhood literacy. Currently 1 in 4 children are leaving primary school unable to read to the expected standard, which can have lifelong consequences for them. This is a completely free service to schools. More information can be found at: www.schoolreaders.org

NATIONAL U3A EMAIL NEWS
You can sign up for a monthly email newsletter from the U3A at the National U3A/newsletter

INSURANCE COVER
Grandchildren and other guests can no longer be accommodated at U3A activities and events as they are not covered by our insurance.

HERTS NETWORK COMMITTEE
U3A members who would like to represent Melbourn & District U3A on the Herts Network Committee are always welcome. These meetings are very occasional and are a means by which we learn from other U3A groups. Please contact the Chairman if you are interested to attend a future meeting.

JOINING ANOTHER U3A
If you want to be a member of more than one U3A, there is nothing to stop you. The other U3A may wish to know (e.g. for capitation purposes) if you are already a member of another U3A. You can use your membership card to show this. If you need a membership card you can get one by either coming to a Wednesday speaker meeting or send a stamped, addressed envelope to Chris Davison at 2 Orchard Road, Melbourn, Royston SG8 6HR.

U3A - “A NEW APPROACH TO AGEING”
The National U3A has published research detailing “a sustainable and positive approach to ageing built on group learning, skill sharing and volunteering”. The report Living Life, Extending Horizons, Challenging Conventions is based on focus groups, a literature review and a member survey. Read it at https://www.u3a.org.uk/about/news-archive/408-u3a-publishes-impact-report-learningnotlonely

U3A MERCHANDISE - 2020 DIARY - PENS - PENCILS - BADGE
If you would like a 2020 U3A diary (£3.25), please visit the U3A shop. Also available are items of (post free) stationery best bought in bulk online. U3A national office contact info: 020 8466 6139 or at 52 Lant Street, London SE1 1RB.

COMPUTER TRAINING
Mike Stapleton and John Cash run a computer training session on the first Monday in the month at the Hub at 10am. They discuss use of a computer (PC), aiming to dispel the mysteries of using the Internet and various programmes. There are a lot of aspects of operating Word and spreadsheets that need explanation. They can also talk about renewing bus pass, car tax and passports. They have laptops available to practice on. This is not a U3A course, and there is no charge for these sessions; we just ask attendees to buy a cup of coffee. You can also come to ask questions. Everyone who has attended has learned new ways to do things.

MAKING OUR ACTIVITIES EASIER TO ACCESS
Do you or a friend find some of our events and activities difficult to get to or to enjoy because of a disability or medical condition? We are concerned to make everything as accessible as possible for all our members, but we need your help in understanding how to do this. Please don’t be shy, but call any committee member in confidence - use contact

SOCIAL PRESCRIBING. U3A & the NHS
You perhaps know people who visit their GP, but instead of drugs or medicine, could benefit more from friendship, learning and exercise. And that’s official as the NHS website now has a link to the U3A, in its section dealing with older people. See here or bit.ly/U3Aprescribing

DEVELOPING INTERNATIONAL LINKS
If you have retired family members overseas or if you visit other countries, you may have wondered if U3As are to be found there. They are, but some are known by other names, and may not come up via a web search. The Third Age Trust is a member of the International Association of Universities of the Third Age (AIUTA) and wants to help British U3As and their members make international links with U3As and similar groups. This could involve cultural visits, exchanges or twinning, or web-enabled foreign language conversations, study days or summer schools. If this sort of thing interests you, you can get more information by following links in the members’ area of the national website at www.u3a.org.uk. We also have details of websites relating to specific countries; for more information contact a member of the committee.

DISCOUNTED BIG NAME SOFTWARE
Our U3A can purchase discounted Adobe/Microsoft/Symantec software to use for our purposes as an educational charity. Contact the local committee (fao newsletter editor) - but first go look at prices at TT Exchange www.tt-exchange.org. The procedure is explained there - and it's not as straightforward as it ought to be.

LOCAL VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES
Melbourn Village College would like to extend an invitation to U3A members to volunteer at the College. The first opportunity involves listening to students who need to improve their reading. If this is something you would like to do, please contact Mrs Davis on 01763 223400 Ext 212, or at adavis@mvc.org.uk. The second opportunity is for language mentors. If you are fluent in a language other than English and would like to learn more about mentoring students, please contact Mr Hutchinson at bhutchinson@mvc.org.uk.

MELBOURN SHORT STORY READING GROUP meets at Melbourn Community Hub (library area) every Tuesday from 10 am to 11 am. All are welcome. If you wish to guarantee a seat and reading material on the day please first check with the group leader co-ordinator Britta Heinemeyer, email:britta.heinemeyer@gmx.de