Stanford-Le-Hope & District


Coronavirus or Covid-19 as this strain has been labelled, has become a major event in our lives and within our U3A.
We have received advice from our National Office, NHS, Healthwatch and we have held an Executive Committee meeting to discuss our plans.

Advice is changing rapidly and when it is received it will be posted here. Currently we are continuing as usual but in the coming days and months this will change and we may have to cancel or reschedule our activities.
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Most of our groups have cancelled monthly meetings until further notice. Please check with your Group Leader before travelling to or attending a venue. See also EVENTSpage

We have also suspended our General Meetings and Committee Meetings until further notice.

We have also suspended our future trips, teas, and activities. Anybody who has booked cancelled trips etc. should wait for Chris, Jean, Graham or Carol to contact you with any refunds that may be due. Please do not phone them yet as they are working very hard to process these as soon as possible. If however you would like the money refunded soon, please do contact them and we will arrange your refund

No more bookings for trips will be taken until the situation improves and we are confident that we may resume our activities.


Due to COVID-19, all appointments and the Walk-in Repair sessions in both Orsett & Basildon hospitals, and Billericay Health Centre are cancelled for the foreseeable future. With Libraries closed, replacement batteries for aids may be difficult to obtain.

To assist their patients, the hospital are providing a postal hearing aid repair service and posting hearing aid batteries.
At present, any patient who require batteries can telephone Orsett Audiology on 01268 394 732. They will take the persons details and post out the required batteries. If any aids are broken, or need repairing, the individual can post the aids off to Orsett Audiology and they will attempt to fix the aids and post back once completed. They can also supply the tubing.

For more information, and if you require advice about your aid, please contact by email Orsett Audiology or telephone 01268 394 732

Advice we have from various sources.

Advice and updates from the Executive Committee

Thurrock Council Coronavirus Help

Changes to bin collections

Bin collection days

For latest info see Thurrock Council Bins

Thurrock Council offers help to those residents advised to self isolate at home. Please read the advice Thurrock council Coronavirus help and click the appropriate links to obtain specify help.

You can also signup to help support residents in your local community by selecting the Time to Spare link.

National Office Newsletter

Our National Office each month produces a newsletter emailed out to member that have subscribed.

You can read the text from the email here.

March National News

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Coronavirus Advice from other sources

This is an Express Newsletter from U3A National Office click here (NE1 Coronavirus) to update members with the latest Coronavirus advice.

This is updated advice from Healthwatch read here - the NHS consumer watchdog. It has links to other sites with advice.

General advice from Healthwatch - the NHS consumer watchdog. This advise changes daily so for latest update click Read here

What's the risk of catching coronavirus in the UK?

The NHS and Public Health England are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.

If you have arrived back to the UK from mainland China and other specified areas, follow the advice for returning travellers.

How is coronavirus spread?

Like the common cold, coronavirus (also known as Covid-19) infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. You can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if you do not wash your hands.

  • Please practice Social Distancing keeping at least an arms distance from other people. Please click the coloured link for Government advice.
  • Avoid hand shaking and touching other people.
  • Try to avoid others with cold or flu like symptoms.
  • Stay safe and we will all get through this.

Symptoms of coronavirus

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:-

  • a cough
  • a high temperature
  • shortness of breath

If you or anyone in your household had one of two symptoms - a high temperature or continuous cough- you should isolate yourself and stay at home for 14 days. If possible you should NOT go out to buy essentials or food, other than for exercise and in this case at a safe distance from others.

When to call 111
If you feel very unwell and want medical assistance.

Do not go to a GP surgery or hospital. Call 111, stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people.

Use the 111 coronavirus service

If you are planning on travelling see the advice here Travelling

How to avoid catching or spreading germs?


  • Practice Social Distancing keeping at least an arms distance from other people. Please click the coloured link for Government advice.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
  • Put used tissues in the bin straight away.
  • Avoid hand shaking and touching other people.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell or with cold or Flu symptoms.


  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean..

As has been said in many of our communications, please call a committee member if you need extra assistance or at all worried.