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*** Sully U3A Newsletter 03 March 2020 ***

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1) MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS 2020
2) COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND DUTIES
3) RIVIERA TRAVEL
4) THIRD AGE MATTERS
5) SULLY REMEMBERS
6) MONTHLY MEETINGS
7) NOTE TO GROUP CONVENORS
8) HELP WANTED
9) CORONAVIRUS
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This from Janet Pryce-Jones, our Membership Secretary:-

1. MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS 2020

Thanks to everyone who has renewed so far: please try to do so by the end of March.
I realise that this is not always possible, but you will no longer be on any of our mailing lists after this date, nor may you attend any Groups. However, you can still renew at any time.

Now a puzzle. Someone paid £20 by bank transfer which came into the Sully U3A account on 30th January. We assume this is a renewal for 2 people, but the information from the bank is: “POATT for Mr P D C”.
Could anyone enlighten me, please ? Helpful information to membership@sullyu3a.co.uk.
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2. COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND DUTIES

Following last November’s appeal, we now have 4 new members of the committee who are shadowing the rest of us. Welcome to Claire Stansfield, Sheila Hobbs, Denise Miles, Sally Daley.

Some of us are 'doubling up' for a few months:- David Langford is also Chairman; Roger Pattenden is also Vice-Chairman; Janet Pryce-Jones is also Secretary.
Denise has taken over meeting new members.

The full list is on the website and the noticeboard.
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3. RIVIERA TRAVEL.

Whenever you book a holiday through this company, if you tell them you are a member of a U3A when booking, they will give us a commission, which would help our funds.
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4. THIRD AGE MATTERS

The distribution cost of this has risen again (by a small amount). If you wish to stop getting an individual copy, please let Janet know by email membership@sullyu3a.co.uk.
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5. SULLY REMEMBERS

There are still some copies of this book, at £5.00 each, available at any monthly meeting.
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6) MONTHLY MEETINGS

6A) - Thursday 12th March – Sully U3A Singing for Pleasure Group will give a short concert of familiar songs contrasting in style and variety. The concert will be conducted by Rosemary Cook who runs the group, and the accompanist is Helen Roberts.
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6B) Thursday 9th April -------- Speaker: Lauren Revie --- Title: The
Brain and Beyond
Lauren’s PhD study was on a form of dementia using the big MRI scanner in Cardiff Biosciences
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7) NOTES TO GROUP CONVENORS AND TREASURERS

Please remember that the end-of-year accounts will be required by our Treasurer, Martin Sanders from all groups as soon as possible in April, for inclusion in the annual audit.

All groups should check/cancel any Old School room bookings over the Easter holiday time.

Group convenors and treasurers are invited to attend an informal meeting with Group Secretary and some of the committee at Old School on Thursday April 23rd from1 to 2.30 pm. This is a chance to catch up with any new developments and share your own group news with others.
Please let Rose Hardman (groups@sullyu3a.co.uk ) know if your group will be attending or not, as light refreshments will be provided. A representative may attend if treasurer or convenor are unable to attend.
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Some groups use or have access to the U3A cupboard in the Woods Room at the Old School.
We are told that some keys in use for this cupboard are copies of copies which can make them difficult to operate or prone to breaking or damaging the lock.
New keys cut from the original can be obtained to replace any dodgy keys in order to avoid damage to the cupboard lock.
If you have or need a key to this cupboard, please let Rose know by email so that the committee can have a record of who holds keys and can arrange to obtain any new ones required.
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8) HELP WANTED

The volunteers who manage the Old School where many U3A groups meet, are looking for someone to join the team to help with the computerised booking and invoicing system. If you have a few hours a week to spare and feel you could lend a hand, please contact us on oldschoolsully@gmail.com for more information.
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9) CORONAVIRUS (also known as Covid-19)

This advice is from Healthwatch - the NHS consumer watchdog.

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

The UK Chief Medical Officers say that the risk to individuals remains very low. If you have arrived back in the UK from mainland China and other specified areas, follow the advice for returning travellers in the www.gov.uk website.

How is coronavirus spread?

Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with an infected person via coughs and sneezes or hand contact. You can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if you do not wash your hands.

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
a cough
a high temperature
shortness of breath

When to call 111

Based on the advice of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies
(SAGE) the UK Chief Medical Officers are advising anyone who has travelled to the UK from an infected area in the last 14 days and is experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, to stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild.

DO NOT go to a GP surgery or hospital. Call 111, stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people. In some parts of Wales you may have to call NHS Direct Wales 0845 46 47

How to avoid catching or spreading germs? DO-s and DON’T-s

DO COVER your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your
hands) when you cough or sneeze.
DO PUT used tissues in the bin straight away.
DO WASH your hands often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
DO TRY TO AVOID close contact with people who are unwell.

DON’T touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

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