From time to time news items and points of interest will be included.
U3A Membership cards to be shown at the door.
2019 - AGM
Was on Tuesday, 14 May 2019.
Message to all Group Facilitators: It would be appreciated if all group facilitators who run interest groups make a check that members attending their groups have current membership cards PINK expiring March 2020, as it has come to light people did not renew their membership but attend interest groups. This is important because without paying membership the person is not insured should an accident occur. You co-operation in doing this check will be most appreciated.
Received a phone call from BT, informing me that he was disconnecting me because of an unpaid bill. He demanded payment immediately of £31.00 or it would be £ 118.00 to re-connect at a later date. The guy wasn't even fazed when I told him I was with Virgin Media, allegedly VM have to pay BT a percentage for line rental! I asked the guy's name - he gave me the very 'English' John Peacock with a very 'African' accent - & phone number -0800 0800 152. Obviously the fellow realized I didn't believe his story, so offered to demonstrate that he was from BT. I asked how & he told me to hang up & try phoning someone - he would disconnect my phone to prevent this. AND HE DID !! My phone was dead - no engaged tone, nothing - until he phoned me again. Very pleased with himself, he asked if that was enough proof that he was with BT. I asked how the payment was to be made & he said credit card, there & then. I said that I didn't know how he'd done it, but I had absolutely no intention of paying him, I didn't believe his name or that he worked for BT. He hung up. I dialed 1471 -number withheld I phoned his fictitious 0800 number - not recognized. So I phoned the police to let them know. I wasn't the first! It's only just started apparently, but it is escalating. Their advice was to let as many people as possible know of this scam. The fact that the phone does go off would probably convince some people it's real, so please make as many friends & family aware of this. How is it done? This is good but not that clever. He gave the wrong number - it should have been 0800 800 152 which takes you through to BT Business. The cutting off of the line is very simple, he stays on the line with the mute button on and you can't dial out - but he can hear you trying. (This is because the person who initiates a call is the one to terminate it). When you stop trying he cuts off and immediately calls back. You could almost be convinced! The sad thing is that it is so simple that it will certainly fool many. By the way this is not about getting the cash as this would not get past merchant services - it is all about getting the credit card details which include the security number, to be used for larger purchases. THIS IS A PHONE SCAM THAT IS GOING ROUND. PLEASE BE AWARE.
UPDATE MESSAGE FROM TERRY AND GILL GROUP FACILITATORS
Although we are unable to run trips at present, Waltham Abbey Travel are running a number of trips including those listed below, so please support our local business whilst the U3A is unable to organise events.
FESTIVE SPARKLE WEEKEND AT BOURNEMOUTH - FRIDAY 20th NOVEMBER. £179 (Single Supplement £10). Direct coach from the Abbey, sherry reception on arrival, day out in Salisbury, Christmas Dinner and entertainment. If interested please contact Gay or her staff at Waltham Abbey Travel.
CAMBRIDGE CHRISTMAS SHOPPER - WEDNESDAY 2nd DECEMBER. £25. Enjoy Christmas Shopping in the historical city of Cambridge which has all the large retail stores. If interested please contact Waltham Abbey Travel.
Follow the Government guidelines and look after yourselves and your families and friends, so take care.
Terry: 07944 239 235 Gill: 07947 205 597
2020 - Dates for your Diary (at present)
60's Disco - Saturday 2 May - This event will be rescheduled after the lockdown due to Coronavirus
In the Town Hall with a choice of Fish or Chicken and chips supper, and licenced bar. Tickets (£10) are still available. The evening is open to family and friends of U3A members (no children). Richie Dean, who is well known to some U3A members, is our DJ and will play any requests (60's, 70's and 80's) so if you have any requests please let me know).
Friday, 22 May - This event will be rescheduled after the lockdown due to Coronavirus' - Day trip to Southend on Sea. There are a few places left for this trip. If interested in joining the group, please see me at the March U3A meeting. Full payment will be required at the April monthly U3A meeting - Cost £15
Monday 29 June - This event will be rescheduled after the lockdown due to Coronavirus' Day out to Wroxham and Paddle Steamer on Norfolk Broads. This trip is now full, but I will be taking names for the reserve list in case members are unable to attend. Full payment will be collected at the April monthly U3A meeting - cost £38.
FUTURE THEATRE TRIPS
Drifter Girls - Tuesday 1 December - See Theatre Trip page
Thursford - Christmas Extravaganza - Friday 4 December
Christmas Carols at Royal Albert Hall - Tuesday 22 December.
Gill Hoye 07947 205 597
The following message was sent via the East of England U3A Region. It was addressed to Joyce Woodham. Please reply to Yolande Richardson - firstname.lastname@example.org
"Dear Joyce, I would like to approach U3A members across Essex who might be interested in volunteering for the fire service. We are looking for Volunteers across Essex to help us make Essex safer through our Home Fire Safety Programme. In particular across Uttlesford and Harlow. The role involves giving residents fire safety advice, installing fire alarms and giving a crime prevention message. We are asking for at least 4 hours per week and ideally candidates that are able to drive. All mileage costs are reimbursed. For further information and application, please contact, email@example.com"
MESSAGE FROM YOUR CHAIRMAN
HELP HELP HELP
Please is there a member who could help to set up speakers and screen, etc., on occasions if Harvey or Chris are absent for any reason. A willing volunteer would be most appreciated.
May I thank my committee during my three year term as Chairman and you, the members, for your support to make Waltham Abbey U3A successful, and long may it continue.
Members are reminded that their Waltham Abbey U3A membership card must be carried to all meetings and activities, and it would be appreciated if you put your ICE (In Case of Emergency) information on the reverse of your card. Our new 2020/21 cards will have a space already printed on the reverse.
You are also reminded that when you take part in group activities it is at your own risk and that you are fit to take part in such activities. When you renew your membership you will be required to complete this declaration.
Finally, there have been changes to the Data Protection Laws, and one of the things that will effect U3A's is taking photos. If you take photos you must have the person's permission and if you submit photos to be included in the Newsletter and website, the name of the person taking the photo will be included so the Newsletter Editor and Website operator will not be held responsible.
As numbers of members increase it is important that we offer members more activities and interest groups, either new ideas or a second group when numbers get too large. If you have any skills or interests you could share with other members, please speak to Linda Kiff our group co-ordinator - 07909 962 901 Remember no ideas are bad ideas as someone else may be interested and a new group could be formed.
We advise that ALL U3A members carry a card in their purse/bag/wallet with the following details:
Name, U3A No, Home address, Date of Birth and Contact Name Telephone No.
Also any medical condition and current medication being taken, and any allergies.
Your co-operation is appreciated because you never know when it will be required.
Please update the card should you change your medication.
REMEMBER, REMEMBER, Waltham Abbey U3A has an environmentally friendly ethos. Waltham Abbey Council have a no plastic policy, so Members are reminded that it would be appreciated if you could bring your own cup, or mug, for your refreshments at all future monthly meetings. Your co-operation will be appreciated.
Vernon, our former Chairman, has acquired a tail-ramped vehicle for his electric wheelchair, and is seeking to add to the number of volunteer drivers who are able to help. Anyone who is happy to join this pool, who is able to drive a manual vehicle and is over the age of 25, is welcome to contact Vernon on 07923 022 495, by text message in the first instance.
A commitment of two or three half days a year is all that is required, for which generous expenses will be given.
U3A FIRST AID GROUP
Please contact me if you are interested.
Doug Harryman (British Red Cross First Aid Trainer)
020 8508 3454 firstname.lastname@example.org
There is an interest in starting a musical group in the East Herts Area with like minded enthusiasts. They are looking for members who have, in the past or still play, a musical instrument. The aim is to form a musical group. No intention of playing to others, it is just for fun. Currently there are just five playing saxophones and trumpet. If you are interested please contact Peter Harris, 01992 429297 or email: email@example.com.
Jazz in the Third Age
This is a "little big band" and is only for members of the U3A. They play contemporary arrangement for "4 - 6-horn combos" and for vocals. They are inclusive for musicians whether active, inactive, new to or returning to jazz/music. The emphasis is on having fun whilst rehearsing, improving and performing in public.
They currently have members from eight U3As. They are based in St Albans and looking for a drummer. Could this be you? Other more frontline instruments are also very welcome as well, as are orchestral and brass band instruments. The beauty of this line up is that it produces a "big band" sound with a smaller line up which is amenable to instrument variation.
If you are interested please contact - firstname.lastname@example.org.
U3A Exhibitions and Study Days
U3A Head Office and Region do arrange the above activities from time to time for members, so if you would be interested in obtaining this information, please let me know so it can be forwarded on to you by email.
Finally, is there anyone in our U3A who could offer something new.
Terry Hoye - 07944 239 235 email@example.com
WALTHAM ABBEY CINEMA:
From time to time films are shown in Waltham Abbey Town Hall. Please see Waltham Abbey Town Council on the links page.
Badminton/Table Tennis - Fridays from 7pm - 9pm at Goffs Churchgate Academy - Contact Derek Wakeling - 07890 019 993
Walking Football - Fridays 3pm - 4.30pm at the Laura Trott Centre, Cheshunt - Contact John Durrant - 01992 629 215
Walking Football - message from Will Fordham, Assistant Disability Engagement Officer, Community, Culture & Wellbeing - firstname.lastname@example.org - 01992 564 166 ext. 2563.
I run our walking football programme for over 45's and we have just started a second session on a Friday evening at Town Mead, Waltham Abbey from 5-6. Our walking football programme has also been nominated for an Active Essex award in the 'Changing Lives through sport and physical activity' category, which is amazing.
£2.50 per session Tuesday 11.30am - 12.30pm, Friday 5pm - 6pm. Both at Town Mead, Waltham Abbey, All welcome.
Epping Forest U3A
Science Talks, hosted by Roding Valley U3A at Theydon Bois village hall. The talks are open to all U3A members. Please bring your membership card and £1. For information contact Janet Whitehouse email@example.com or 01992 812 503.
The Science Talks resumed on Tuesday 15 January.
Beginners Bridge - firstname.lastname@example.org - 0208 501 4760. Roding Valley are running a U3A Bridge Group for "Absolute Beginners" on Wednesday mornings. This started 16 January 2019, 10am-12noon at Grange Farm, Chigwell. This is open to members from other U3A's. If you are interested in joining please contact me.
The item below refers to an SLP which two EF members were involved in originally but had to drop out, one for health reasons. See Third Age Matters, the directly mailed magazine.
U3A projects on display at EFDC museum
A group of members from Roding Valley, Waltham Abbey and Epping Forest U3As have been working with Epping Forest District Museum on a Shared Learning Project (SLP). This has involved the cataloguing of old maps, research on the Wood Green Nursery, the Epping Steam Sanitary Laundry. A report will be published in Sources.
These projects will be exhibited in 2019 in a new exhibition gallery at the museum and the exhibitions officer is keen to have more projects from U3A to display. If you would like to be involved in a new SLP or if you have a project that might be suitable for display please contact Janet Whitehouse (Roding Valley U3A) at email@example.com or 01992 812503.
2nd October 2020 for 3 Nights, Half Board
This is an independent Trip - Blackpool - Waltham Abbey Travel - Call 01992 716444 to book
Few resorts anywhere in the world can rival the popularity of Blackpool - Britain's Capital of Fun! The world famous Tower, three piers, miles of golden sands, the spectacular Pleasure Beach with its breathtaking "white knuckle" rides, horse drawn carriages, a Sealife Centre, Madame Tussaud’s Waxworks, a Zoo Park, an Art Gallery - Blackpool has them all. But save some of your energy for the evening and sample the terrific summer shows, lively bars and pubs, for it is at night that Blackpool really stands out as the most exciting of all Britain's resorts. For a complete contrast to the sheer energy of Blackpool, the excursions included in our itineraries takes us to some of the most serene scenery in Britain including the Ribble Valley and the Lake District.
Staying at the Queens Hotel
One full day excursion to Liverpool Docks included
Prices for Twins/Doubles £195.00pp
Prices for Singles £215.00pp