I hope this update to the activities of Uckfield u3a find you and your families well.

The last time I wrote a newsletter the committee had hoped to welcome you back to the Weald Hall with an afternoon of refreshments and catching up with friends and other members at the beginning of July. The capacity for the hall currently is limited to 60 which we feel may lead to the horrifying need to turn members away! Therefore, we have cancelled that event.

We are, however, 99% certain that we will be able to invite you all to come along on Friday August 6th at 2 pm (doors opening at 1.30) to listen to Harpist, Margaret Watson. Her performance will be followed immediately by a brief AGM. As we were not able to hold an AGM in 2020 it is very important that this meeting goes ahead and as many members as possible attend. Relevant documents will come out to you by Mailchimp on July 12th when we can be more certain of further relaxation of government Covid restrictions and increased capacity for the Weald Hall. Members without email addresses will have their AGM papers delivered as soon as possible from July 12th.

If anyone has any questions or thoughts about how we can encourage retired and semi-retired people to join Uckfield u3a and how we can develop our organisation we would love to hear from you. Any ideas for new activity groups to start from September are also welcomed. This can be done by contacting committee members and through our website.

Many more groups are meeting in gardens and those with small numbers up to 6 are meeting in homes now. This is very positive news a good sign that members are keen to come out of their homes and re-engage with people through purposeful activities. This is what our u3a is all about and the committee is anxious to encourage as soon as possible.

Open Day is set to take place on Friday 3rd September from 2pm (Doors opening at 1.30 for Group Leaders) Application forms for membership for the next year will be available then and on the website and at the August meeting. No fees were collected from you in 2020 but this year the fees will be £15 to meet increased costs including subscriptions collected by Third Age Trust from us. You may remember we informed you of this increase last year.

There is just time to register for the SUN online event taking place this Friday at 10.30, entitled “Keeping you Safe from Fraud and Scams” delivered by Nat West. Go to the SUN u3a network and then ‘events’ to register.

The committee and I are so looking forward to welcoming you all in person, relaunching Uckfield u3a and getting the members of this social organisation back to face to face meetings. Enjoy the Summer and the sunshine we’re blessed with.

Debbie Barnes - Chair