Parbold, Newburgh & District

Welcome

A message from your Chairman and Committee July 2020

We do hope that you are keeping well in these difficult times. We thought that it would be a good idea to update you on the current situation regarding the PN & D U3A.
Your committee met again last week on Zoom to look at the Government’s recommendations and Third Age Trust’s advice, and as a consequence, we understand there are several steps we need to take in order for us to make it as safe as possible for us to start Group activities again in the future. There are obligations on the owners of the venue that we use, Parbold Scout & Guides Hut-on-the-Hill, so we must be sure that it will have been deep cleaned and that it will conform to Covid Secure recommendations. This will involve us working with the Scout committee who have always been so very supportive of us.
Of course, we all realise too that when we can eventually restart meetings, we should not expect things to continue as before lockdown. As they say it will be a “new normal”. We shall have to plan where and when meetings can take place, taking into account the size of the group; how many people a facility can accommodate within distancing rules etc. and if the wearing of masks will be mandatory or not. It is also more than likely that Horizons will not be scheduled for some time and catering facilities present their own problems. At present only two households can meet indoors which, as TAT says, makes group meetings very unlikely.
Uppermost in our thoughts is that, according to the scientists, our generation is identified as being very vulnerable to Covid and we can assure you that we will take very cautious steps when moving forward. Even when we can continue, every member must be responsible for their own health and safety and should bear this in mind before attending U3A meetings.
As there is more scope with the relaxation from 4th July of Covid guidance, we are delighted to tell you that we have been able to restart two outdoor activities, so bowls and country walking have resumed where social distancing will be possible. Your committee will strive to restart our indoor U3a activities as soon as we can and will inform you when it is safe to do so.
May we also thank all of you who have already shown your support by renewing your membership during these challenging times and encourage those of you who haven’t, to do so, so that we will be able to welcome everyone back and meet again in fun and friendship. Our virtual AGM will be held on August 25th and you will be receiving more details about how you can support us with that.

Please keep looking at our website and following the regional and national websites where there are ideas for keeping in touch and developing our skills and interests. Just a reminder - there is a direct link from the top menu of our site Welcome page to the U3A (TAT) official website.
It goes without saying really but please try to keep in touch by phone, email, Whatsapp, Skype, Facetime (or carrier pigeon) with any members who you think may be feeling truly isolated and lonely in their homes whilst we all comply with the necessary legislation. Thank you.
Our best wishes to you all, stay safe and well.

PLEASE REFER TO THIS WEBSITE FOR REGULAR UPDATES REGARDING OUR RE-OPENING

We’d like to welcome you to the Parbold, Newburgh & District U3A (Charity Number 1164539)
Established in April 2012, we are an enthusiastic U3A with a diverse range of activities currently on offer with new groups introduced as and when they are requested by our members. We are open to ideas so please let us know if there is a particular activity you would like us to offer and we’ll do our best to get it going.

By providing a combination of practical, academic and recreational pursuits, there should be something available for everyone within the range of our Interest Groups. After paying our revised, reduced April 2020 / 2021 annual membership fee of £10.00 (or £6.50 if you are already a paid-up member of another U3A), usually the only extra cost will be a Group fee of £1.00 to £2 per session to cover the cost of room hire and a cup of tea and a biscuit.

Groups usually meet at the "Hut-on-the-Hill"; the Scouting premises at the rear of the Christ Church car park on Parbold Hill near the village of Parbold (POSTCODE: WN8 7TG). We hold our Horizons meetings on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month between 1.30pm and 3.30pm in the Hut-on-the-Hill. At Horizons you can meet our Group leaders and sign-up for any Group activity, or just have a chat with new friends over a ‘cuppa’ and then enjoy one of our very interesting visiting speakers. Do come for a Taster session at one of these bi-monthly meetings and we hope that you will then decide to become a member.

Now in February 2020, in our 8th year, we have around 175 members with new people coming along regularly and we have twenty-one Activity Groups up and running with more planned. (We are very happy to be regularly told by our newer members that "small is beautiful"). Our Newsletter, "Snapshots", is published on the Saturday after the 2nd Tuesday of every month and it is sent by email to all members who have provided their contact details. However, any member who does not have an email address can pick up a paper copy at the next Horizons meeting or anytime thereafter from the small room at the Hut.

Usually, a Speaker is booked for our Horizons meeting on the 4th Tuesday of each month, and sometimes instead one of our own members gives an informal talk at one of the 2nd Tuesday "Horizons" meetings. Details of these talks will be in your "Snapshots" and updated regularly on this website. We also occasionally have organised Trips out-and-about on the 2nd Tuesdays of some months, instead of an "Horizons" meeting. (Please see the "Events" page for details and dates of these outings).
Elsewhere on this website, (please click on the "Groups" tab on the Home page and then click on the name of the Group you wish to see) you will find details of the current selection of Group activities that are available, and more will be added to fulfill members’ interests in due course. If you have any suggestions, please don’t hesitate to tell us.

On the right-hand side of this "Welcome" page you can click on a link to a "Frequently asked questions" document, the original of which was very kindly provided by the Chard, Ilminster & District U3A for us to modify. We hope it is of use to you.

NB: VERY IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL OUR MEMBERS:-
It is necessary for our Committee to emphasise that ALL MEMBERS OF OUR U3A MUST BE AWARE that in undertaking ANY U3A ACTIVITY, they are responsible for their OWN CHOICES AND THEIR OWN ABILITIES when joining any Group. Thank you.

The University of the Third Age, which originated in France in 1972, came to the UK in 1982 and there are now over 1,020 local branches around the country of which Parbold, Newburgh & District is still one of the younger.
The U3A exists to bring together retired and semi-retired people in a friendly setting to help increase our knowledge by sharing our interests and talents with each other and to stimulate our minds and bodies by remaining active and therefore, hopefully, healthy. More information can be found on the national U3A website: http://www.u3a.org.uk/ (You can copy and paste this link into your search engine toolbar to go straight there or use the button at the top right of this page's toolbar above marked "U3A").
The U3A belongs to you, the members, and we look forward to meeting you soon. (180620)