Northampton

News

A Newsletter is published 3 times a year and sent to all members. To see more details, please click on the link on the right. This contains information about activities both past and to come and information on how to contact Group Leaders. Photographs of and information about past events can be accessed by clicking the links on the right.

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THE U3A PROJECTOR, LAPTOP, PROJECTOR STAND AND LAMINATOR ARE BEING HELD BY JANE EVANS AT 32, BIRCHFIELD ROAD, NORTHAMPTON. JANE CAN BE CONTACTED TO ARRANGE COLLECTION AND RETURN ON 01604 458120 OR EMAIL HER BY CLICKING ON THE MESSAGE LINK ON THE TOP RIGHT.

The Projectors and laptop will be looked after by Stella Watts until further notice as Jane will be indisposed. Stella’s phone number is 01604 409071 or she can be contacted by email by clicking the link on the top right.

‘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 Alan Eagle via the link on the right, if you would like to collect it for use by your group.

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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING : Please note the date

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of Northampton U3A will be held

at Northampton Cricket Club - Old Speckled Hen Lounge

On Tuesday 28th May 2019, at 2.30 pm

Business will include election of the Committee to serve throughout the business year 2019 / 2020

AGM OF NORTHAMPTON U3A : 28th MAY 2019

AGENDA

1Minutes of the AGM of 29th May 2018 - approval and signature
2Treasurer’s Report and adoption of the Annual Accounts
3Chairman’s Annual Report
4Thanks to retiring Committee members
5Election for the period 2019/2020 of:
.5.1 Officers (i.e. Chairman, Treasurer and Business Secretary)
.5.2 Committee Members

Signed: Jo Stroud (Business Secretary)
8th March 2019

Anyone wishing to stand as Chairman should be prepared to give a short verbal statement at the AGM

At this point we have some members of the Committee retiring, having done their bit. We will need to find replacements for these posts from the membership so please, using the nomination form you can download here or from the Newsletter, nominate yourself or somebody else, with their permission, to come and help us. The key post to be voted on will be your chair person.

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U3A Northamptonshire Network

Visit to Lamport Hall and Gardens

Come and enjoy a cream tea and explore Lamport Hall and gardens on 28th June 2019 at 1.00pm. See Poster for details on how to book your ticket.

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A NOTE FROM YOUR TREASURER March 2019

May I remind you about Gift Aid ?
If you are a UK taxpayer and register with us for Gift Aid, we are able to claim back 25% of your contribution. For full paying members, this amounts to £5 per person and makes a substantial contribution to our income.

This year we have made some grants available to individual groups from our Gift Aid budget and hope to continue to do so next year.

When you first joined U3A, you would have been sent a Gift Aid form to complete and return if you wanted to help us with this contribution. If you are in any doubt as to whether you have registered with us for Gift Aid, please do not hesitate to contact me.

You can find a reference to Gift Aid on the CONTACT page. When you renew your subscription for April 2019/March 2020, you will be asked to tick the box for Gift Aid contributions to confirm you are still eligible to register for Gift Aid contributions.  We have added this to comply with GDPR regulations.

Similarly, if you are no longer a taxpayer, but are registered for Gift Aid, please let me know, as I shall need to take you off the list.

Kath Bottwood (Treasurer)

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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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MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL 2019/20

Membership Renewal is due on 1st April for the coming year 2019/20. The form is downloadable, see the link on the right and see the CONTACT page.

Please read it carefully as there are extra items and make sure that you have ticked all the boxes you wish to tick. The new GDPR rules, which became operative at the end of May 2019, require permission to be given if you wish to receive future TAM (Third Age Matters) issues.
We need to be sure that we are making correct claims to HMRC for Gift Aid, so up to date confirmation is sought from those of you who have kindly provided permission for the tax on your (donated) membership fee to be reclaimed.

Lastly, in response to a number of enquiries from members who would like to have their newsletters electronically, rather than on paper, there is now the opportunity.

Please send me your applications to renew promptly. There will be a final opportunity to do it in person at the April general meeting, but please help me by not leaving it that late.
Thank you to those of you who have already renewed membership, it does spread the workload for me.

Finally, please note that anyone whose renewal has not been received by me by 1st May 2019 will be removed from the membership database and will no longer be able to enjoy the benefits we offer.

Dinah Knapp
(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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Do you do outdoor activities and would like to benefit from the
discounts available for U3A members at Ultimate Outdoors at Riverside? If you are interested, please see the Walking Groups page for more details.

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The Big Sing

Due to the success of the Singing for Fun group, we will no longer be able to host Big Sings as our regular monthly attendance is such that the capacity of the hall (80 sitting) will not accommodate many extra singers.

If the membership drops we will of course review the situation.

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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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Our Current Membership is 1165 members

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Group News# is published each month and the latest one can be accessed by clicking the link on the right. This provides information on Planned and Existing Groups. See also New Groups for details of relatively newly formed groups.

Please send your pictures taken at any functions, events and group meetings, in jpeg format (.jpg) to the Webmaster using the 'CONTACT' page.

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