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 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.


All our events and meetings are cancelled for the foreseeable future and refunds for trips and events have been made. If you have not received yours or have a problem please contact Chris, Jean or Graham
See also EVENTS page
No more bookings for trips will be taken until the situation improves and we are confident that we may resume our activities.

Advice is changing rapidly and when it is received it will be posted here. The latest advice from National Office click here Covid19 Guidance and Risk Checklist for Outdoor Activities. 1.6.2020.


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Electronic version only this month Click Electronic Newsletter


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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

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.


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LATEST Coronavirus Advice from the NHS

This is the latest information available and is changing daily following the Government briefing as the pandemic situation improves and some restrictions are lifted. These are links to Government and NHS websites which are kept updated with the latest information so please follow the links and check regularly.

Government Advice
NHS Advice
111 coronavirus service

Information about testing for coronavirus and what to do if you're contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service. Track and Trace
Check if you have coronavirus symptoms
What to do if you or someone you live with has symptoms of coronavirus Someone has Coronavirus symptoms
Advice for people at higher risk from coronavirus Higher risk people
Get an isolation note

Stay Alert

We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:
• stay at home as much as possible
• work from home if you can
• limit contact with other people
• keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
• wash your hands regularly

Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.

Read about what you can and cannot do

Coronavirus Symptoms

• a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
• a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
• loss of/change in smell or taste

To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.
Use the 111 coronavirus service to find out what to do.

Testing for Coronavirus

Testing is now open to any member of the public with COVID-19 symptoms by asking for a test
Get an isolation note

Help the NHS respond to coronavirus

Use the quick NHS coronavirus status-checker to tell us about your current experience of the virus. This will help the NHS plan its response to coronavirus by showing where the virus is spreading and how it affects people.

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