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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U3A Annual Lunch

Wednesday 10th April 2019: 12.30 for 1 pm start Green’s Restaurant, Collingtree Park Golf Club, Windingbrook Lane, Northampton NN4 0XN

Cost : £21.00 per person (includes staff gratuities)

.Mains. Desserts
1.Roast topside of beef, with Yorkshire puddings1.Sticky Toffee Pudding with custard
2.Chicken Supreme, with cheese & ham velouté2.Apple & Blackberry crumble with custard
3.Salmon fillet, with white wine & tarragon sauce3.Dark chocolate tart with vanilla ice cream
4.Tomato, goat’s cheese & pesto puff pastry tart

All these can be made gluten free, on request. Please indicate any special food requirements. All mains are served with buttered new potatoes, or roast potatoes, and a seasonal medley of vegetables.

In order to keep the cost down, we have limited the lunch to two courses this year. Please indicate your choice number for main course and dessert, for each ticket required, on the form below and send it, with your cheque, (payable to “U3A Northampton”), and a stamped, self-addressed envelope, please, to:-
Jo Stroud, 1 Abthorpe Avenue, Northampton NN2 8NS, by 15th February.

SAE will enable me to send tickets nearer the time and to remind you of your choices.
Please indicate the name/s of people with whom you would like to sit, if you have a preference, and I shall endeavour to enable you to do so.

To download the ticket application, click this link

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A NOTE FROM YOUR TREASURER Nov 2018

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

We included the membership renewal form in the November Newsletter last year and many of you found it helpful, not having to wait for it until the March issue, so here it is for 2019/20. The Membership Renewal 2019/20 form will also be available to download from the website from mid-January 2019. - How time flies!

On this renewal form there are extra items, so please read it carefully 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, 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.

You can send the completed form with payment and stamped self- addressed envelope to me from mid-January onwards. I will start taking renewals at the January meeting, as in previous years so, if you come with your form and cheque ready completed, it should save time and speed up the queue!

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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Photos taken at the Picnic at the Obelisk Centre in June can be seen by clicking this Picnic 2017 link.

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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 1092 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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