Coronavirus Crisis

Please see below the following statement issued 15th March 2020 by our Secretary, John Woodason:

One of the two key strategies the UK Government has in response to the COVID-19 pandemic is to preserve life. (The other is to increase the capacity of the NHS to cope with possible extra demand.) Bearing in mind the lives the Government has in mind are those of the elderly, particularly those with additional health issues, it does behove an organisation like Newquay U3A, which seeks to serve the retired and semi-retired, to be proportionate and responsible in our own response.

In the last 48 hours the committee discussed the current situation and has decided the following:
1. The next three General Meetings – those in April, May and June – are cancelled
2. The AGM scheduled for May is postponed to a later date, yet to be decided
3. Newquay U3A will not participate in the National U3A Day planned for the 3rd of June

We are not offering advice on the interest groups as yet. If you lead a group and have concerns please contact David Stevens, our Groups Co-ordinator, in the first instance. Our hope is that as many groups as possible will continue to run, within advice guidelines, as responsible socialisation may come to have increasing importance.

A number of members are already self-isolating and this is where all of us can help. If you are aware of someone self-isolating could you keep in touch by phone or electronic media to make sure they have family or friends looking out for them? Or could you look out for them yourself? If you do have concerns about the welfare of a particular member by all means raise that with a member of the committee.

Permit me to remind you of key current advice: all people with flu-like symptoms – a fever above 37.8C or a persistent cough – should stay at home, away from other people; older people and those with pre-existing health conditions should avoid cruises; regular hand washing remains key.

Let’s continue to take care, and take care of each other,


John Woodason
Secretary, Newquay U3A