Preston Park

NEWS

LATEST GROUP & MEETING INFORMATION:

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR RELATING TO COVID-19 EPIDEMIC

March 16th 2020 - Updated June 3rd 2020

We are sorry that due to the Covid 19 virus we are going to have to cancel all General Meetings up to September, the ongoing situation will be reviewed in August. We might 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, these have been cancelled and will be rescheduled for 2021.

We have to postpone the Day Trip to Lymington, on 18th April. We hope to book another date for September. The chèques have not been cashed, 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 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 day to Great Dixter and Tenterden on June 10th is also cancelled.

Caroline and Alan have nothing else planned for this year.

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.

Caroline Beebe
01273 559108
07887524561
carolinelbeebe@gmail.com

BANK TRANSFER
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.

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MEMBERSHIP GUIDELINES:

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.

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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.

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PPU3A PRIVACY POLICY 2019:

In accordance with new Data Protection requirements, these Preston Park U3A policy documents can now be viewed from the LINKS page of this website. Just go to the LINKS page and tap on PPU3A Privacy Policy 2019 listed under both the General Links and MEMBERSHIP heading. This document was first available 10/04/2018, updated 20 May 2019.

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PRESTON PARK U3A CAR SHARE GUIDELINES:

Version 1. Revised 2nd June 2019.
INTRODUCTION
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.
 
GUIDELINES
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.

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HOLIDAYS:

PPU3A SPRING BREAK 7 - 11 May 2021
GARDENS OF DEVON

A 5 day tour, tailor made for PPU3A by Brightwater Holidays, staying at the Livermead Cliff Hotel, Torquay

8 fabulous visits: EAST LOMBROOK, home of Margaret Fish of English Cottage Gardening, GREENWAY, home of Agatha Christie, COLETON FISHACRE, home of the D'Oyly Carte family, THE GARDEN HOUSE, WILDSIDE GARDEN, COTEHELE (NT), RHS ROSEMOOR & BUCKFAST ABBEY.

Cost £665.pp (£120 s/s) includes: comfortable coaching throughout, accommodation, dinner, bed & breakfast, and accompanied throughout by David MacLennan our Brightwater Tour Manager.
£100 Deposit to secure booking. (places limited to 30 travellers)

For full brochure and booking form email : ann.kerrison@ntlworld.com

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SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION

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.

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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.