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Uckfield U3A SPRING NEWSLETTER 2022

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS NEWSLETTER PLEASE EMAIL THE APPROPRIATE COMMITTEE MEMBER USING THE CONTACTS ON OUR WEBSITE. THANK YOU.

A Happy New Year to you all. I hope you had a reasonable Christmas and are looking forward to Spring. Monthly Meetings have been well attended and welcomed. The committee are present to answer any queries you have.
Groups that can only meet during better weather are planning their activities and outings. The committee would remind members of the words of the Founder of u3a “Ours is, and must be, a participatory membership. We must not, in a movement dedicated to cooperativeness, have situations where a few do everything and many do nothing.” So please offer to research outings, arrange car sharing and contribute to petrol costs. Please respond to group leaders’ emails and always let them know whether or not you will be attending a meeting or outing.
Our group leaders are the most essential part of our organisation please give them your support.

Protecting your Personal Data
The committee is legally responsible for our compliance with GDPR (General Data Protecting Regulations) and we are reminding leaders and members of the main regulations that apply to our u3a activities.

  • Group Leaders will need to ask each member of their group for their email address and/or phone number to allow them to contact members about meetings. They will keep this information securely. They will not pass this on to anyone else within the group or outside of it unless that member has consented to share this data.
  • Leaders will use ‘Blind Copy” (BCC) when sending emails to their group, ensuring members will not have access to others’ email addresses, unless all members in the group have consented to the circulation of their contact details.
  • Leaders should not ask members for their postal addresses as the Regulations state that personal data collected should be limited to that which is necessary. Of course, if a member is hosting a meeting they will willingly choose to share their address with the group.

Outings
Three of our outings/activities are open to all members as and when they are of interest to any member.
These are :
Monthly Trips, Uckfield History Walks and Coach Trips with Lynns Travel.
Details of these can be found on our website.

Also on the website are details of our monthly speakers and our 68 activity groups. Uckfield u3a website is expertly managed by Sarah Brooks, one of our members and the committee are extremely grateful to Sarah for this.

You can contact committee members through the website if you have any questions regarding the programme.

Open Gardens
A Spring and Summer activity which many members enjoy is visiting private gardens. The National Garden Scheme( NGS) encourages many people to open their gardens to visitors. We have been informed by this organisation that details of open gardens can be found on line or in the booklet available at garden centres. One of our members, Cathy Shaw, will open her garden in Maresfield on the 9th and 10th of July. Full details can be seen in the booklet.

Let’s hope we all enjoy a more normal Spring and Summer this year.

Jenny Childs (Chair)