Northampton

Members Area

This page contains information which may be needed by members of Northampton u3a.

For more information, please see our Principles and Objectives, and Constitution by clicking these links, or look at the Committee page. The u3a Vision and Mission Statement can be viewed by clicking this link.

We are a charity whose Trustees are the Committee which is elected annually by the membership, and our details are as follows:

Registered Charity No. 1077058

Part of the Third Age Trust

A National Registered Charity 288007

Northampton u3a is part of the East Midlands u3a Region, which includes Northamptonshire, Leicestershire & Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire.

We are also part of the Northamptonshire Network of u3as. Links to these u3a websites as well as the national website are on the u3a links page.

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A Newsletter is published 3 times a year. This is sent to members electronically if they have agreed to this , with paper copies mailed to all other members. To see more details, please click on the link. This contains information about activities both past and to come, and information on how to contact Group Leaders.

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The U3A PROJECTORS, LAPTOP, PROJECTOR STAND AND LAMINATOR are looked after by Stella Watts. Stella’s phone number is 01604 409071 or 07742 515623 or she can be contacted by email by clicking the link on the top right.

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‘Hard of Hearing’ LOOP SYSTEM for groups

We now have an easy to use, portable induction loop system available for groups to use - just plug it in and it is ready to use, with no trailing wires. Please contact Eileen Brown on 01604 407205 or via the link on the right, if you would like to collect it for use by your group.

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CORONA VIRUS latest local advice and guidance to members physically meeting together - May 2021.

Public Health Northamptonshire have updated Coronavirus Guidance following changes announced by the Prime Minister which come into effect on 17th May. Please click the link for advice to keep safe.

The Third Age Trust has updated guidelines for U3As in England following the introduction of the Roadmap (u3a - Covid-19 advice on u3a activities and have specific advice for groups (Updated 20th May).

Government Guidelines are currently changing and although many groups are using ZOOM, SKYPE and other virtual ways of meeting, some groups are making plans to resume meetings in person. Please check with your group leader for details.

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Membership fees for 21/22

At our committee meeting on 12th October 2020 it was agreed that for all members who have paid up for 20/21 membership will be discounted by 50% for 2021/2022 year. This is primarily due to the lack of opportunities for activities this year. We will be inviting membership renewal from January 2021.

u3a Northampton still has running costs whether members are attending meetings or not. i.e.
1. We pay a per capita sum to National Office each year
2. Beacon database costs us per head
3. Costs for a speaker at the Zoom General Meetings
4. The Zoom licence(s)
5. The Newsletter costs
6. Postage costs
7. Audit costs

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Membership Benefits

• Access to any of the 120+ interest groups
• A monthly meeting with guest speaker
• A local newsletter 3 times a year
• Social Events
• Membership of the Third Age Trust
National benefits from the Third Age Trust including magazines, courses, events - click this blue link (or that on the right) to see all these.

To join Northampton u3a, please go to the Membership page

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GDPR

The new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) are now reflected in our forms for joining and renewing membership. We also have in place Privacy and Data Protection Policies. Click the the links to access the documents. It is recommended that all our members read them.

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Additional information is also available on the Committee page which can be accessed by clicking this link. This includes details of the current committee and their job descriptions, our Constitution, and various policy/guidance documents.

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The Annual Accounts 2020/21 for u3a Northampton have been prepared and audited. They may be viewed together with the Treasurers Report 2021 by clicking these links.

The Chairmans Report 2020/21 presented at the AGM on 29th June can be viewed here.

The AGM Minutes 2021 may be seen by clicking this link.

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Attention - all members

Using our Members Portal, you can now see the personal information we hold for you. You can check and amend this information, if necessary, online.

Members Portal login The Members Portal also gives information of all of our current groups. This is provided as if this blessed pandemic did not exist, but hopefully, fingers crossed, we might soon get to where we were before March last year. If you are interested in a group, that you do not belong to, but might be functioning at this time please contact the Group Leader or contact in the group information. It is a long list and can take up to a minute to load.

Finally, if the information above is not what we should have recorded, it can be altered through the option in the portal to amend personal information; as can addresses, telephone and mobile phone numbers.

You can gain access to this information by logging in to this link Northampton u3a Members Portal, or from the links in the side bar of this page.

Steve Brame, Vice-Chair and Database Administration

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The Ultimate Outdoors 15% Discount Scheme at Riverside is back! This is available to all members. Click the link for details.

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GIFT AID

We are very grateful to those of our taxpayer members who have registered to Gift Aid their annual subscription. Each year we are able to claim back a substantial Gift Aid amount which helps to fund our activities and to keep our subscription lower than it might otherwise be.

If there are taxpayer existing members who have not “Gift Aided” to date, we will be delighted to receive a form from you. The Gift Aid form may be downloaded here or by clicking the link on the Membership page.

Remember also that if you have Gift Aided and then are no longer a tax payer, you must write giving a cancellation date, to the address below.

A little advice on completion: Please ensure the form is legible and print where requested. Remember to use your official Christian name...whatever HMRC would know you as. Enter as “this donation” whatever amount (usually £20 or £10) you paid this year. Where you are a couple and perhaps only one of you is a taxpayer (or you only want to complete one form) but you would like to Gift Aid an amount to cover both subscriptions, you can do this by simply listing your donation as perhaps £40 (the sum which covers both subscriptions).

Please send your Gift Aid registration form to: Mr Nick Stafford, 22 Burwood Rd, Northampton, NN3 2LS. Note that this does not apply to new members, who should send both forms to the Membership Secretary.

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GIFT AID SURPLUS – HELP FOR EQUIPMENT FOR GROUPS

There is some money available from Gift Aid, to help groups improve the content of their meetings. There may be some equipment you feel would enhance the quality of your learning, and, if this is the case, please apply in writing to me. Your request will then be taken to the Committee for their approval.

Marie Catling

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Northampton U3A have been approached to provide volunteers to help children to read, by Beanstalk, and a number of members have shown interest. MORE VOLUNTEERS are needed to help local children for a few hours a week.

More details about Beanstalk can be obtained by clicking on the link or contacting the Beanstalk NORTHAMPTON OFFICE Tel: 01604 720969 or emailing Jo Burns by clicking the link on the right.

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