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 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 - January 2021.

Because of the high number of cases in Northampton, Public Health Northamptonshire have introduced specific Guidance for the town. 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 three Tier system (u3a - Covid-19 advice on u3a activities (Updated 4th Nov).

However Local advice supersedes national advice if it is more stringent, so we must

• Limit contact with others outside of your household or bubble
• When meeting friends and family you do not live with (or have formed a support bubble with) you must not meet in a group of more than 6, indoors or outdoors

Government Guidelines are currently changing and although many groups are using ZOOM, SKYPE and other virtual ways of meeting, some groups made plans to resume meetings under strict guidelines before the new Government 'Rule of 6' Guidelines were introduced from 14th September. It is no longer OK to meet together unless there are fewer than 6 people present, and is discouraged locally.

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MEMBERSHIP DISCOUNT FOR EXISTING MEMBERS FOR 21/22

At our committee meeting on 12th October it was agreed that for all members who have paid up this year (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.

Alan Harris

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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – NORTHAMPTON U3A via Zoom

The Zoom AGM took place on 29th September 2020. 236 members voted for the motions in advance of the meeting electronically or by post. 80 signed in for the Zoom meeting, but more participated, as more than one member joined the meeting in several instances.

Your new committee has been elected, Accounts have been approved and Treasurer's and Chairman's reports have been delivered. These can be accessed on the Committee page, where minutes will be posted.

Thanks to Kath Bottwood and Tom Keyes, who have stood down from the committee, for their hard work on behalf of Northampton U3A, and welcome to Nick Stafford, who has been elected Treasurer

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Do you enjoy going on coach trips to interesting places?
The leaders planning the trips need others to join them to provide new ideas and help arrange the trips. See Trips (by Coach) page for more details or speak to Sue Rowe at the General Meeting.

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Gevase Finn talk rescheduled

The Northants U3A Network talk by Gervase Phinn, the fascinating Yorkshire school inspector has been rescheduled to Thursday 22nd April 2021. Same venue and same time. The tickets which have already been issued remain valid.

Details are on the poster, which you can see by clicking the link. He is a very popular entertaining speaker and booking early is essential if you want to come. Click here for the G Phinn booking form.

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New social events have been announced. See Social page for details about how to get your tickets.

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The Ultimate Outdoors 15% Discount Scheme is back! Click the link for details.

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MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL for 2020/21

Membership is changing! During this year Northampton U3A signed up to the Beacon system of membership management. Since the 1st July we have been using this system live, and your details are now held securely centrally. On renewal, you will get a new card (colour-coded) AND you will keep the last four digits of your present number. This last is something a lot of members have wished for.

We’ve included the membership renewal form again in this Newsletter because many of you found it helpful, as did we, not having to wait until the March issue. It will also be available to download from the website from mid-January 2020. Renewals, due 1st April, will be accepted at the general meetings from January onwards.

Please read the form carefully and make sure that you have answered both questions and ticked the boxes you wish to tick. Note that there is now space for your mobile telephone number and for emergency contact details which were never previously held centrally, but which your group leader(s) always asked for.

If you are a taxpayer and would like to provide a Gift Aid authority not having previously done so, please download the form from our website, or ask the membership secretary or treasurer.

Tom Keyes is taking over from me as membership secretary from the end of this month and I wish him all the best. I have enjoyed my time doing the work and thank all of you for helping me in what is a busy role. I know Tom will similarly appreciate your continued help.

You can send the completed form with payment and a stamped self - addressed envelope to Tom from mid-January onwards. Please use the Membership Renewal form 2020 for postal or personal renewals at the general meetings. Come with your form and cheque ready completed, saving paper and time and speeding up the queue!

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Can you help

Committee Advert We need additional help on the Committee and at Meetings and Events. Please talk to a committee member if you are willing to help.

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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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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 1127 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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