|LATEST GROUP & MEETING INFORMATION:|
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR RELATING TO COVID-19 EPIDEMIC
March 16th 2020
We are sorry to announce that we are going to have to cancel the April and May General meetings due to the Covid 19 virus. We might also have to cancel more but we will see how things go. It is our duty to keep you all safe.
Some Interest Groups will also be postponed - please check with your convenors. Groups which meet outside for example Strollers, long walks, cycling, may be happy to carry on. This will be up to yourselves to decide, maybe smaller groups also feel they can carry on. John Colman hopes to carry on with Badminton for example, until the Sports Halls close. John will also be looking at his trips but will be in touch if there are changes.
Ann Kerrison has her Garden Visits, she will also be in touch.
Maureen Dickson has the Theatre, but of course The Theatre might have to close.
We have to postpone the Day Trip to Lymington, on 18th April. We hope to book another date for September. I have not cashed the cheques, so unless you want your cheque back, I will destroy them; please let us know your preference. We had to cancel with Brighton & Hove coaches due their Payment Policy.
The trip to Petworth has also been cancelled, we do not have a new date yet. Again the cheques have not been cashed so I will destroy or return them to you.
The Great Dixter visit still stands at the moment, we will keep an eye on the situation.
If you live on your own and need any help with anything, please contact Myself and we will see if we can do anything for you.
Anyone willing to offer assistance please let me know.
It will be a lonely time for some of you, so try and keep in touch with anyone you know. With better weather hopefully on the way, you could always meet up for walks locally, or coffee/tea in the parks, or take your own drink with you. Cafes of course might not be open but we need to try and support them. We just have to be sensible.
We were going to be collecting for the Foodbank in April for Easter. If you do venture to the Supermarkets, they have collection bins for various Foodbanks. You may have something in your cupboard you will never use, but could be given to someone else.
We are all in this together, so let us help others where we can. Preston Park U3A have always been a generous, friendly group so let's keep it that way.
Bank Transfer is fast becoming a convenient way to pay. In addition to the Membership fee, Preston Park Members may now pay for U3A events by Bank Transfer, full details of how to do so are available on the LINKS page.
COMBINED END OF YEAR ACCOUNTS for the Year ending 31st October 2019. Just tap the ‘picture’ on the right to view details of the Preston Park U3A End of Year Accounts, as presented by our Treasurer at the December 2019 AGM. This document can also be viewed and will remain available from the LINKS page.
HERITAGE VISITING GROUP - Please check the EVENTS page for details of cancelled/to be rearranged HVG visits.
GENERAL MEETINGS - The April and May General Meetings have been cancelled.
Guidelines updated February 2020. Now available to read via the link on the MEMBERSHIP page of the website.
Interesting information particularly for newer members wishing to learn more about the structure and day to day working of Preston Park U3A.
|HELP NEEDED PLEASE:|
A MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR AND COMMITTEE
We are still in need of volunteers for the following.
1. Hall stewards, to help (occasionally) Kevin & Peter & Ken to get the hall ready for our monthly general meetings, and then help to clear and tidy up afterwards.
2. Meeters & Greeters, to get to the hall 20 minutes before the the start of the meeting, and be welcoming and helpful to those that are new, look new, or are just plain lost in our Preston Park ways of doing things.
3. Newsletter Compiler/Editor. I don't think that we have any shortage of news and pictures, we just need someone who can put it all together for us, please, if you think that you could help, give me a call.
4. Volunteers to help on the Check-in Desk at the monthly meetings.
5. An Archivist to ‘quite simply file and look after the U3A paper records, probably one or two box files, nothing onerous’.
Additionally, would any member be interested in volunteering to organise Low Key Publicity
Press this link to email Alan Beebe if you are willing to help or would like further details about these posts or you can call Alan on 01273 559108.
|PRESTON PARK U3A CAR SHARE GUIDELINES:|
Version 1. Revised 2nd June 2019.
The Third Age Trust has stated that U3A members can offer lifts to other members and accept money towards fuel costs without compromising their vehicle insurance policy.
It is recommended that we have guidelines so that the matter is handled fairly and consistently with the driver getting back an appropriate proportion of the fuel cost but not the total amount.
In the event of a vehicle accident, it would normally be the vehicle insurance that would properly cover matters relating to the driving of the vehicle. Any claim would generally fall outside the scope of the Public Liability Insurance your U3A has through the Third Age Trust.
1 The driver warrants that the vehicle is properly insured, taxed and roadworthy.
2 The driver is not obliged to accept any contribution.
3 The recommended current contribution is 10 pence per mile per member based on a 4 or 5 seat vehicle.
4 The above contribution rate will be reviewed from time to time.
PPU3A SPRING BREAK 2020 - SCOTLAND
Gardens of Dumfries and Galloway - 6th-10th May 2020
An exclusive 5 day tour, tailor made by Brightwater Holidays and includes 9 fabulous visits: Dumfries House and Walled Garden, Glenwhan Gardens, Logan Botanic Gardens, Broughton House Gardens, Threave Gardens, Sweetheart Abbey, Corn Mill, Rammerscales House and the Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed House for an Art Lover.
Return flight Gatwick to Glasgow. Staying in the Holiday Inn Dumfries. Cost £795 (based on 30) (£130 s/s) includes all transportation, comfortable coaching throughout, accommodation, dinner, bed & breakfast, and accompanied by David MacLennan our Brightwater Tour Manager. £200. deposit to secure booking.
For full brochure and booking form email : firstname.lastname@example.org
DETAILS OF THE PRO RATA SUBSCRIPTION RATES FOR NEW MEMBERS JOINING THROUGHOUT THE YEAR CAN BE FOUND ON THE MEMBERSHIP PAGE.
Online Subscription Payments
If you bank online you can now pay your subscription by online bank transfer, which simplifies administration considerably and will save you the cost of a stamp. You may still pay by cheque, payable to Preston Park U3A.
NB: If you pay by online transfer, please quote the Sort Code 20-12-80 and Account Number 33576914. Please also quote your first and surname for reference to help us identify who has made the payment. If your payment is for more than one person please quote each person’s first and surname.
Please see the Membership page and Membership Application Form for subscription and joining information.
|SUN AND THIRD AGE TRUST EVENTS:|
SUN STUDY DAYS
The study days cover a range of topics and are very good value at £8; booking is via the SUN website.
You can read all about the Sussex U3A Network (SUN) or download study day booking forms from the following website: https://u3asites.org.uk/sussexu3anetwork/events
To find out more about SUN STUDY DAYS or the CHICHESTER 2020 SUMMER SCHOOL, please visit the website or speak to Anne Dale at the monthly General Meeting.
THIRD AGE TRUST NATIONAL EVENTS
Bookings can be made by obtaining a Booking Form from the National Office or by going to www.u3a.org.uk via the members section.
Alternatively go to the LINKS page of this website and click on National Office, followed by Events, then Educational Events. This area gives comprehensive information and an opportunity to make a booking. Remember you will need to create a user name and password. These events are very popular - it pays to book early!. Any notified Third Age Trust News or Events will be displayed below.