Rotherham

EVENTS

DEATH OF ANN HARTLEY, 19 SEPTEMBER 2021

It is with great sadness and shock that we have to inform our members that Ann Hartley passed away this morning, Sunday 19 September. Ann had been a stalwart of Rotherham u3a, holding the Membership Secretary post for many years and being an active member of several groups. Ann was a true friend to many, always greeting everyone with a big smile and a welcoming word. Her passing is a big loss to Rotherham u3a and she will be greatly missed.

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*** WELCOME BACK - RE-OPENING OF ROTHERHAM U3A MEETINGS AND ACTIVITIES SEPTEMBER 2021 ***

Message from Rotherham U3A Trustees: WELCOME BACK. Most groups are now restarting this month with some groups in October and hopefully one group after Christmas. Groups are restarting safely and adopting covid-safe precautions. The Trustees send you our good wishes and are cautiously optimistic as we are able to meet with our group friends again. It has been a long time!

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The ROTHERHAM u3a ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING will be held on 27 September from 12 noon - 1 pm at Herringthorpe United Reform Church. See below for full details.
WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE, PLEASE COME AND SUPPORT YOUR u3a. Keep safe and well.

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MEETING OF GARDENING AND OUT AND ABOUT GROUP MEMBERS
FRIDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 2021 FROM 2 – 3 PM AT HURC

A meeting was called by Lesley White, Chair of Trustees, and Rosalind Duckmanton and Sylvia Duncan, Trustees, for all members of the Gardening and Out and About groups. As both groups no longer have Co-ordinators, with Martin having moved away and Barbara stepping down, the Trustees were keen to meet with members to see a way forward to keeping the groups going. We are pleased to say that, after full discussion, a team of 4 members have offered to share the work and hopefully run a visit next April for the combined groups. Members will be informed of further information when known. The contact person for the team is Keith Smith (tel 431151).

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WANTED URGENTLY:- ACCOMPANISTS FOR BOTH CHOIR and SINGING FOR FUN GROUPS

The Singing for Fun group and the Choir are both looking for an accompanist (SFF alternate Wednesdays, 9.45 to 11.45 am and Choir every Wednesday 10 am-12 noon). If you are interested, or know someone who might be, please contact the Co-ordinators for further details:

Denise Young on 01709 306 550 for the SFF group
and Julie Thorp on 07733 262 080 for the Choir

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UPDATE FROM ROTHERHAM MBC 17 September 2021

Boosters for people aged 50+ and 12-15s to be offered jab: the Government announced the Autumn/Winter Covid plan this week, which includes an extension of the current vaccination programme, starting next week. People aged 50+, care home residents, frontline health workers and those classed as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable who have already had two doses of vaccine will begin to be called for ‘booster’ jabs. First and second doses of vaccines are still available for anyone eligible who is yet to take them up.

The NHS will contact people directly to let them know when it is their turn to get their booster vaccine. Please wait until you are contacted.

Vaccinating against flu is also a priority across Rotherham and many thousands of eligible people have already been invited for their jabs to help protect them against winter illness.

The Covid infection rate in Rotherham has fallen this week, but still remains above the national average - and the borough currently has the 28th highest rate in England. The latest 7-day rate is 411 per 100,000, down from 464.9 cases per 100,000 on the previous week. The national average currently stands at 297.2 per 100,000.
Sadly, there were a further eight Covid related deaths in Rotherham this week, bringing the total number of residents lost to the virus to 863 since the start of the pandemic.

Please continue to play your part in reducing the spread of the virus by observing social distancing, wearing face coverings when appropriate and washing your hands regularly.

Rotherham Hospital Update
On Wednesday 15 September, there were 57 inpatients in Rotherham Hospital who had tested positive for COVID-19, of which 2 were in critical care. Although these figures are still very high, thankfully it is a reduction from the number of both inpatients and critical care cases reported last week. Since the start of the pandemic, Rotherham Hospital has now treated more than 3,000 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

See the following websites for full guidance -

www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19 and www.rotherham.gov.uk/coronavirus

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UPDATE FROM MEMBERS'/CO-ORDINATORS' MEETING FRIDAY 13 AUGUST 2021

The meeting was well attended by members and Co-ordinators. Social distancing and other precautions were taken to keep members safe. The meeting discussed the Membership fee for 2021/2022 and it was agreed that subscriptions will be £33 for the full year from 1 September 2021, £22 from 1 January 2022 and £11 from 1 April 2022. Subscriptions fall due, and should be paid, at the first session of the first group you attend on or after 1 September 2021, by cheque in preference to cash. Cheques should be made payable to Rotherham U3A, please, with “Membership” written on the back of the cheque. Please check that you fill in the correct amount in both words and numbers, and sign the cheque. Could you also please circle which group you wish to receive your copy of the Newsletter from.

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NEW GROUP - WALKING FOOTBALL

Enjoyable, friendly and gentle exercise for both men and women. The game is played to strict rules with absolutely no running allowed.

To learn more about joining with others to start playing, please contact John Todd on 0114 2208740 or email thetodds1321@btinternet.com

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ZOOM SOCIAL EVENING, THURSDAY 16 SEPTEMBER 2021 at 7.30 pm

The next zoom social evening will be on Thursday 16 September at 7.30 pm, and will be hosted again by Sylvia. The last get together was on 2 September. We all had a really good evening with chat, quizzes, puzzles and jokes. Why not join us for an evening of fun and laughter? Phone Sylvia on 374841 for further information if you are not already on the contact list.

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WALKING CRICKET AT ROTHERHAM SHOW

On Sunday 5 September at the Rotherham Show the Rotherham u3a walking cricket group played a warm up game between our own players from 10 am - 12 noon in the old bowling green at Clifton Park. From 1 pm - 3 pm we played a Doncaster u3a walking cricket team. Eight players a side including both ladies and men. Well done to our team for winning the match.

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UPDATE FROM ROTHERHAM u3a TRUSTEES 30 July 2021

Warmest good wishes to all our members and our grateful thanks to Co-ordinators as always from the Ru3a Trustees. The Trustees held their monthly meeting by Zoom on Tuesday 27 July 2021 and we would like to give you the following important information:

We look forward with both enthusiasm and caution as many Ru3a groups prepare to open in September 2021. Outdoor groups such as Walking Cricket, Grow Your Own and Strollers have been very active and 'Singles on Sunday' have held their first Covid-safe gathering - enjoyed by all. Singing for Fun, French and German have been busy throughout the year on Zoom.

The Trustees agreed to adopt a 'Self Safety Check' for members attending the Members'/Coordinators' Meeting in August and the Ru3a AGM in September. This check has been used by the 'Walking Cricket Group' throughout the Summer and the Trustees recommend Co-ordinators to use this for their meetings.

Please undertake the Ru3a 'health check' before attending the Ru3a Members' Meeting. Thank you.

You will be asked to confirm that you have read and adhered to this guidance when you sign into the meeting:

I have reviewed my own personal health and circumstances before coming to the meeting, and can confirm that:

· I am aware of, and following, current government advice about the prevention of Covid-19 infection as it applies to my age group and medical status

· I have not knowingly been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for Covid-19 during the past 10 days

· I have no Covid-19 symptoms at present

· No-one in my household has Covid-19 symptoms

ALL MEMBERS AND CO-ORDINATORS are warmly invited to the following important events:

· Members' Meeting to agree Ru3a Subscriptions at 2 pm on Friday 13 August at Herringthorpe United Reformed Church, Wickersley Road, Rotherham, S60 4JN. Please click the link on this page 'Meeting 13 August 2021 Agenda' to view the Agenda.

· The Coordinators' Meeting, immediately following the above meeting. Ru3a members are invited to stay for the Coordinators Meeting on this occasion.

· Rotherham u3a Annual General Meeting 12noon - 1pm, Monday 27th September 2021 at Herringthorpe United Reformed Church - ALL MEMBERS ARE WARMLY INVITED TO ATTEND.

Group Co-ordinators, please email Ellen Bartley (Ru3a Business Secretary) before Thursday 5 August with any items for the agenda for the Co-ordinators' meeting on 13 August. Please email Ellen Bartley using the email message link on the Trustees page, or leave a phone message to confirm your attendance at the meeting. This information will help with the planning of a safe meeting. We are hoping that as many members as possible will attend.

With many thanks and kind regards
Ellen Bartley - Ru3a Business Secretary

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MESSAGE FROM THE THIRD AGE TRUST JULY 2021: Be Alert About Phishing and Other Scams

The Third Age Trust wants to share with you information about the latest scams. Below are two experiences from u3a members who contacted us to share with other u3as.

A u3a member got in touch with us to tell us she had received a phishing email supposedly from Norton, an anti virus software company, about payment to renew an account she does not have. It says that they will deduct over £220 unless she cancels within 48 hours. If you receive an email like this, please don't click on the links and please take independent advice before paying any unexpected requests for money.

Another u3a member got in touch to tell us about a company who had taken extra money out of her bank account without her knowledge. The company involved specialises in products aimed at older adults. She contacted the bank who stopped any further charges on the card from the company and gave advice on what to do next, eventually the company paid back the money.

We encourage u3a members to check their bank accounts regularly and immediately report any suspicious debits that they do not recognise. Most banks are able to put a stop to any charges and give advice on how to get refunds where appropriate.

Another good practice is to search for reviews and credit ratings before buying from a new company.

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Ru3a WEBSITE AND PUBLICITY

PLEASE KEEP CHECKING OUR Ru3a WEBSITE - this is updated constantly with useful information and news - a great way to be connected/updated.

Regarding publicity, you will see articles in various local publications, such as Rotherham Life, to keep Ru3a in the public eye. Look out for these.

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Dates for your Diary
September 2021
Mon Sep 27thMeetingROTHERHAM u3a ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Monday 27 September 2021

The Rotherham Ru3a Annual General Meeting will be held 12 noon – 1 pm on Monday 27 September 2021 at Herringthorpe United Reformed Church, Wickersley Road, Rotherham S60 4JN.

Click the link on this page to see the Agenda.

The Trustees are looking forward to welcoming as many members as possible.

The Ru3a AGM will be held in a large, well-ventilated room. Attendees will be requested to sign in to register. Attendees are encouraged to wear a mask on entering and leaving the building/meeting room

Please undertake the Ru3a ‘health check’ before attending the Ru3a AGM. Thank you.
You will be asked to confirm that you have read and adhered to this guidance when you sign into the meeting.

I have reviewed my own personal health and circumstances before coming to the meeting, and can confirm that:

• I am aware of, and following, current government advice about the prevention of Covid-19 infection as it applies to my age group and medical status

• I have not knowingly been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for Covid-19 during the past 10 days

• I have no Covid 19 symptoms at present

• No one in my household has Covid 19 symptoms
October 2021
Sat Oct 9thSTROLLERSRoche Abbey/Leger Ponds and a nice tearoom! Leader: Sheila Sullivan
There and back walk. Quilter Road X1, 10.01 am bus from Rotherham, meeting at the end of Muglet Lane. Everyone to meet at end of Muglet Lane near Miners Welfare, Maltby. Car drivers to ferry bus passengers to Roche Abbey.
Sat Oct 23rdSTROLLERSTreeton Dyke circular
Meet at bottom of Washfield Lane, Treeton for 10.30 approx. start.
Bus No 73 departs Rotherham bus station at 10.10 am. Alight Front St/Washfield Lane, then walk down to bottom of Washfield Lane.
January 2022
Fri Jan 14thMeetingCo-ordinators' Meeting from 2-3.30 pm at Herringthorpe United Reform Church, Wickersley Road, Rotherham S60 4JN
April 2022
Fri Apr 8thMeetingCo-ordinators' Meeting from 2-3.30 pm at Herringthorpe United Reform Church, Wickersley Road, Rotherham S60 4JN
June 2022
Fri Jun 10thMeetingCo-ordinators' Meeting from 2-3.30 pm at Herringthorpe United Reform Church, Wickersley Road, Rotherham S60 4JN
September 2022
Mon Sep 26thMeetingANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of Rotherham u3a
from 12 noon to 1 pm. Venue to be arranged.