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FILM FRIDAY 28 - 16th October 2020

There are four films this week :-

1. The first film was made when the future of Fenton town hall was very
much in doubt after it had been put on the market after the closure of
the magistrates court within. As we all know, it was saved !

2. Following its recent award of a Green Flag, here's a short film of
Hanley park taken in July this year.

3. We then have a 'then & now' review of Longton posted in September.

4. Lastly, we have a film on six wartime foods from the wonderful
British Pathé archive.

I hope that you enjoy the films - please contact me if there's anything
you would like to see. I'm afraid that I'm running out of ideas of my own !

Phil Rowley


The virus is not a living organism; it is a protein molecule (RNA or DNA) covered by a protective layer of fat which, when absorbed by the cells of the eyes, nose or mouth, changes its genetic code (mutates) and converts into aggressor and multiplier cells.

• The virus is not a living organism, but is a protein molecule, and cannot be killed. It has to decay on its own. Disintegration time depends on temperature, humidity and type of material where it lies.

• The virus is very fragile, protected by just a thin outer layer of fat which is why soap or detergent is the best weapon. The foam CUTS THE FAT (that is why you have to scrub for 20 seconds or more, to create lots of foam). By dissolving the fat layer, the protein molecule disperses and breaks down.

• HEAT melts fat; this is why it is necessary to use water above 77 degrees for hand washing, laundry and cleaning surfaces. In addition, hot water makes more foam, making it more effective.

• Alcohol or any mixture with alcohol over 65% DISSOLVES ALL FAT, especially the external lipid layer of the virus.

• Any solution with 1 part bleach and 5 parts water directly dissolves the protein, breaking it down from the inside.

• Oxygenated water increases the effectiveness of soap, alcohol and chlorine, because peroxide dissolves the virus protein. However, because you have to use it in its pure form, it can damage your skin.

• NO BACTERICIDE OR ANTIBIOTIC WILL WORK because the virus is not a living organism like bacteria; antibodies cannot kill what is not alive.

• The virus molecules remain very stable at colder temperatures, including air conditioning in houses and cars. They also need moisture and darkness to stay stable. Therefore, dehumidified, dry, warm and bright environments will degrade the virus faster.

• UV LIGHT on any object that may contain the virus breaks down the protein. Be careful, it also breaks down collagen (which is protein) in the skin.

• The virus CANNOT go through healthy skin.

• Vinegar is NOT useful because it does not break down the protective layer of fat.

• NO SPIRITS, NOR VODKA, serve. The strongest vodka is only 40% alcohol, and you need a minimum of 65%. LISTERINE is 65% alcohol.

•The more confined the space, the higher the concentration of the virus there can be. The more open or naturally ventilated, the less.

• You have to wash your hands before and after touching any commonly used surfaces such as: the mouth area, food, locks, knobs, switches, remotes, cell phones, watches, computers, desks etc., and don’t forget when you use the bathroom.

• You have to MOISTURIZE YOUR HANDS due to frequent washing. Dry hands have cracks and the molecules can hide in the micro cracks. The thicker the moisturizer, the better.

• Also keep your NAILS SHORT so that the virus does not hide there.


Like the common cold, Coronavirus (also known as Covid-19) usually occurs through close contact with an infected person via coughs and sneezes or hand contact.

The main symptoms of Coronavirus are:
•A cough
•A high temperature
•Shortness of breath

How to avoid catching or spreading germs.
•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.
•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.
Do Not:
Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.


We are very pleased to welcome all of our new members and look forward to meeting you at future meetings and interest groups. If you have friends or family interested in joining, forms can be printed from our website or obtained from Membership Secretary Alan Stevenson on 01782 395760.

Letters and application forms have been issued for the new membership year commencing on 1st April. This doesn’t apply to anyone who has joined us recently whose membership does not lapse until 31st March 2021.

Our parent organisation, The Third Age Trust, has started to implement a Development Plan following two years of extensive consultation. A priority is to raise the profile of the U3A, as the range of activities provided can help to promote health and wellbeing among its members. The word “University” in the title is widely thought to discourage people from joining, so action has been taken to remove “University of the Third Age” from the logo and replace it with “Learn, Laugh and Live”, which seems much more appropriate.

Our AGM which was planned to take place on Thursday 21st May 2020 has been cancelled. We will inform everyone when a new date has been agreed.

We still need a new Group Leader for the Walking Group, or more volunteer walk leaders for additional walks during 2020. If any member has a favourite walk which they would like to lead, please contact Ali Townsend on 07450 791153. Ali is currently acting as an administrator to circulate information for the group and she can also be contacted by email to:

A recent meeting of the Southern Community Partnership highlighted changes in the law regarding footpaths and bridle paths. The Ramblers’ website gives details of proposed changes in bureaucratic processes and attempts are being made to identify and record existing and “lost” rights of way before 2026, so that they can be afforded legal protection for future generations. You can find the Ramblers’ website at:

The National Office produce monthly online newsletters and members can register to receive these by email. You can sign up to receive your copy at

The newsletter includes details of current research projects, study days, entertainment, etc. which may interest some of our U3A members. It is worth signing up if you haven't already done so.