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. Its been around for almost a year and is likely to be around for a while longer. It is severely restricting our activities but most important we must all take care and be safe. The good news is that at least 3 vaccines are available so we have to wait to all get our jabs. This gives hope for getting back to a more normal way of life. Exactly when will happen is a matter of speculation: BUT science has a potential way forward. We just have to stick with it, follow the advice and most important STAY SAFE.


There are always people around who take full advantage of the situation. Covid -19 is no exception NHS.

  • Please see advice from the NHS on how you can be scammed getting the Coronal Virus Coronavirus scam
  • More information on SCAMS is available here SCAMS
  • More from the NHS on being careful when arranging your jab NHS care

Committee meetings

We have held regular Executive Committee meeting via ZOOM to discuss our way forward as the Government advice allows. We will keep our members informed of our plans via this website, our electronic newsletter and our regular weekly emails.

Advice from the UK Government and National Office u3a sources is changing on almost a daily basis so it is worth re clicking the links to the external sources to get the information you require first hand.

A useful website which gives details of Corona Virus in our area can be found by clicking this link Local Corona Virus data Scroll down the page to the interactive map where you can enter your post code. The lighter the colour the less virus around. Go back up to the top of the page and on the left click daily update for the national situation. Scroll down the page and enter you post code for details in your area. This data is provided by the UK Government for transparency. Remember the data is a few days old!!

The Gov chart with the advice is here Corona virus Gov advice

Thurrock Council sends out a weekly email newsletter with the latest data and advice to those who have signed up to receive it. You can receive your own email copy by signing up to Thurrock Council email news and updates You can always unsubscribe if its not for you or the situation changes. Paul does include information from it in his "Keeping in Touch" email.

As part of this email, Thurrock council now provided a table showing the latest data for the borough in an easy to read format. This week's statistics for Thurrock can be found below. Clicking the picture will make it larger to read.

With us all Following government advice the situation is improving in the Thurrock area.

PLEASE if you get called for a vaccination please go. Continue to wash our hands, keep up the social distancing

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If you are receiving our monthly advance notice email to your inbox, you will receive updates via this system. If you do not receive this and wish to, please advise the Membership Secretary with your name and email address and you will be added the list. Our latest can be found by clicking Keeping in Touch Feb 2021


Electronic version only this month Click Electronic Newsletter


Our u3a National Office each month produces a newsletter emailed out to member that have subscribed and receive it as part of an email.
The original version is in FULL COLOUR and will have all the l{ADVICE FROM NATIONAL OFFICE}
Advice is changing rapidly and when it is received it will be posted here. inks operational.
It is recommended that you sign up to receive it directly into your email INBOX.

You can sign up by clicking his link National Office Newsletter and it will be send to you directly.


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


Below is older advice and is retained for as long as is relevant.

Advice from NHS ENGLAND.

Flu Vaccine - Winter 2020

This winter, because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the NHS has the largest flu vaccination programme ever with vaccination now being offered to those aged 50 to 64 years old.
information about the extended programme.

Who is the programme being extended to?
Vaccinations are now offered to those aged 50 to 64 years old regardless of whether they have a long-term health condition.

Why has the flu vaccination programme been extended?
The flu virus kills thousands of people every year and hospitalises tens of thousands more. The aim of the programme is to protect those most at risk from flu. This winter, with COVID-19 in circulation, the programme is being extended to those aged 50 and over because this is the age at which hospitalisations for COVID-19 start to increase. It is important to prevent flu in this group, to protect these people from serious illness and reduce hospitalisations from flu. Also, research shows that if you get both flu and COVID-19 at the same time you may be more seriously ill. So, vaccination is especially important this winter.

What should I do?
If you are aged 50 to 64 years old (including those who turn 50 by 31 March 2021) then during either December or January you will be invited to attend your GP surgery for the vaccine or you may contact any pharmacy offering NHS flu vaccinations. If you have a long-term health condition that puts you more at risk from flu, you are in one of the priority groups who should not delay getting the vaccine.

Visit to check the type of health conditions that this includes.

For more information see the Public Health England Advice at Extended Programme

"JUST" the Flu

“Just” the flu? Each year the flu kills on average 11,000 people and hospitalises thousands more. There’s no just about it. The flu virus spreads from person to person. Even amongst those not showing symptoms. The flu vaccine is the best protection for you and those around you. It’s available for free to those most at risk. Ask your GP or pharmacist.
This year, with COVID-19 in circulation, it’s more important than ever that eligible groups are vaccinated to protect them from flu.

Flu can affect people differently; even if you are healthy and think you can cope with it, you may pass it onto someone close to you who may be at a greater risk of complications due to medical conditions such as heart disease or diabetes etc. The best way to reduce your risk of getting sick with seasonal flu and passing it to other people is to have the flu vaccination, which is free to many.

If you are unsure of your eligibility for the free NHS flu vaccine, contact your GP or pharmacy.
The more people who have the vaccination this winter, the less the flu virus can spread,
helping to protect yourself and those vulnerable children and adults within our community.

To view the advice directly from NHS England click Flu Vaccination


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


Yes. They are already exploiting the current situation to make money. Apart from following the medical advice on Coronavirus please also be careful on any unsolicited contact with others. Keep your distance. Advice from Action Fraud tells you what to watch out for. More info Pandemic Scam

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