Worksop & District




Coronavirus Update – 22nd September

A number of developments over the past week have resulted in an urgent Committee meeting this morning to review the situation regarding restarting our U3A groups:

Given the Government guidelines, the Third Age Trust guidelines, and the information changing daily on the news, the Committee feels that this is not the time to consider reopening any of our interest groups at the moment, in order to protect our members.

We will, of course keep the situation under review and contact members should there be any significant developments.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Committee if you have any questions or comments.

Sheila Massey (Chair)
Worksop and District U3A
22nd September 2020


Whilst most group activities are currently suspended a small number of groups have undertaken, or are currently undertaking risk assessments to restart their activities during (To be Announced). Group Leaders will be in contact members as the groups start to re-open to enable members to make their own decision as to whether they wish to attend.

The risk assessments, together with specific venue guidelines are published on the groups own pages.

In some cases capacity may be restricted, therefore you must have confirmation from the group leader that you can attend.

You must not attend any session if you or anyone in your household are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 or are self isolating.
The main symptoms of Covid-19 are:
• high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
• new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
• loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Members are reminded that currently no activities can take place in a member's own home.

5th September 2020


Membership renewals can still be made using any of the following methods of payment:
How to Pay:
• Online via the Beacon Members Portal. Just follow the on-screen instructions to pay with your credit or debit card. (The Renewal Form can be posted or handed in at a later date).
• Cheque made payable to ‘Worksop and District U3A’. Please write your name and address on the back of the cheque and POST to the Membership Secretary
• Bank transfer (full details on MEMBERSHIP page)
There is no urgency to renew your membership, as you have until April 30th to do so.
Membership cards will be sent out by post, but there may be some delay. Please bear with us.

National Office advice is currently as follows:

**If a member has returned from one of the areas identified by the government and has any of the symptoms identified on the government website they should not hold interest groups in their own homes, or attend interest groups or attend monthly meetings until they have followed the NHS advice provided after calling 111

**If a U3A finds that a member has contracted coronavirus, please let the Trust know immediately

**The members of interest groups that any member with coronavirus has attended should all call 111 to ask for advice

**The monthly meeting should be cancelled for that month (and possibly longer) until the spread of the virus has been assessed.

In general a U3A may consider other precautions such as using hand sanitiser gel in interest groups and monthly meetings and reducing physical contact such as shaking hands until further information becomes available.

Changes to Committee Roles

As expected, our AGM will not go ahead on 16th July due to the Government’s restrictions on meetings.
At our committee meeting on Tuesday we decided, in line with guidance from the National Office, that those committee members who were due to step down at the AGM could do so now and we thank Linda Butterfield, Denise Gregory and Carol Stokes for their hard work over the last 3 years. We are pleased to welcome Lynda Rothery onto the Committee as she takes over from Linda Butterfield as Business Secretary. Linda will continue to attend meetings in a non-committee capacity as Minuting Clerk. We also thank Roy Parrott for his tireless work as Treasurer and welcome Liz Short as our new Treasurer. Roy continues as a Committee member.

Chair’s Chat – January 2021

Looking back, this is how I started the Chair’s Chat for January, 2020:

Happy New Year to all our readers!

Yes, it’s the start not only of a brand new year but also of a brand new DECADE! 2020 even SOUNDS better – it has a certain ring to it, doesn’t it? It may be a year of uncertainty for this country, and indeed for the world in general, but on a personal level we can but hope and pray that the year ahead brings each one of us health, happiness and all that we wish for.

Despite a slight sense of growing doom, there was a feeling of optimism for the coming year. Oh for the benefit of foresight, as well as the wisdom of hindsight!

The plans laid out for our U3A in the rest of that Chat proved not to be. Instead, the year proved to be one of cancellations and disappointments, but we are through it now and it is time to move positively ahead into 2021.

My good wishes for the New Year extend to you all for the coming year. We start off in Tier 4; not where we would have wanted to be, but where we may be safest for the foreseeable few months ahead. There is a certain promise that a vaccine will soon bring the chaos to an end, so let’s keep hoping and praying that this proves to be the case.

So what does the year bring for Worksop and District U3A?

Firstly, a reminder about Membership renewal. If you have not already renewed, please make sure that you do so before March 31st. Your payment of £15 (£11.50 Associate) will cover your membership until the end of March, 2022. I hope that you will consider this to be good value, in spite of the limitations imposed on us at the moment.

Secondly, we are holding our first online Zoom monthly meeting on 21st January. We have no idea how many will join us, so it will be something of a trial run to see if there is a demand for this type of meeting, moving ahead. We have the excellent Fool’s Gold presentation of a true story in live music and images, which sounds fascinating. One not to be missed!

Wishing you all health, peace and happiness in the coming year.




Saturday 2nd November 2019

Worksop College 1 Worksop College 2 Worksop College 3 Worksop College 4 Anniversery 30 Anniversary 31
Anniversary 1 Anniversary 5 Anniversary 9 Anniversary 12 Anniversary 25 Anniversary 26 Anniversary 27

Our Celebratory 40th Anniversary Afternoon Tea, as well as delicious food, we were grandly entertained by singing group Blu Crew, Matthew at the piano, and young musicians from Ranby House School.
There was a photographic display of 200 pictures of our U3A over the last 10 years.



Our new membership year commences on the 1st April 2020

The membership fee for 2020-21 will be £15.00.


Third Age Matters Magazine - The postage charge for this has increased to £2.90 for the year.

BADGES You are requested to always wear your badge to U3A meetings and groups. This helps the committee and group co-ordinators to be assured that all folk attending are in fact fully paid up members. The badge also includes details of your emergency contact in the event of you ever being taken unwell or having an accident.

Membership Secretary



If you have any articles or photographs for either the NewSheet or Website then please forward them to:
Colin Brenchley Web Site Manager
Sheila Massey Newsletter Editor



Deirdre, Tony, Kearn and Gloria have formally ceased to be Garden group co-ordinators

If Group Co-ordinators have any NEWS of their groups they would like including on the web site then please forward them to me, Colin Brenchley Web Site Manager



Updates of the following Policies can be now be viewed for
Policy-Complaints Procedure-2020-03
Policy-Communication of info-2020-03
Policy-Car Sharing-2020-03
Policy-Finance 2020-02
Policy-Accessibility Policy 2019-11
Policy-Equal Opportunities 2019-11
Policy-Safeguarding Policy 2019-11
Policy-Data Protection 2020-01
Legitimate Interest Assessment
Constitution 2019-09
Policy - Privacy Policy 1808



The MAGSs team are here to help!!
We like to pride ourselves in ensuring all Members receive a warm welcome at the monthly General Meetings. We also like to give “one to one” attention to visitors and potential new Members.
Additionally, if anyone has any problems, queries etc. during the General Meetings we like to feel that we can be approached for help.
Although we do already have a friendly team of nine (working on a rota system) we are always on the lookout for new volunteers. So if anyone feels they would like to join and become a ‘MAG’ it would be great to have your help - Please contact Jean Brenchley

Jean Brenchley (Co-ordinator)
Contact e-mail: MAGS Co-ordinator
Dot Brown
Sue Burns
Patricia Lakeland
Janet Mills
Jean Roberts
John Beaty
Gwyneth Beaty


As you are all aware, the MAGS Team meet and greet members at each General Meeting, not only to sign the register for Health &Safety reasons, but also to make everyone feel welcome. We would like to now take this one step further to offer extra support for members (particularly new members) to settle in and get the most out of our U3A.

To achieve this aim we do need co-operation from existing members to highlight any issues they may have regarding the General Meetings. It may be simply that you are on your own and need a friendly person to chat to – if so we welcome anyone returning to the MAGS Table. We could then introduce you to other members or indeed you could stay with one of us.

With regards “new members”, the names will be highlighted in Red on the Attendance Sheets to make the MAGS Table 1 aware that they are new and may not know anyone. A member of the MAGS Team will then be assigned to this person to allow for introductions to the group activities on offer and to generally get to know the person’s interests, making introductions where appropriate.

Their names will be continued to be highlighted on the Attendance Sheet for a period of 3 months to enable a reasonable “settling in” period.
If any existing members are interested in being a “Buddy” in assisting in this process we would greatly welcome your help.
Please contact me or see me at the General Meeting.

Jean Brenchley
E-Mail : MAGS Co-ordinator

E-BUDDY System

This system has been introduced to improve communication and ensure all members are regularly updated on information within our U3A
Members who use a computer automatically have information sent to them via email as and when appropriate. However, there are some members who do not use a computer and therefore this E-buddy System is for them.

There are two ways for this system to work:

1. All information produced by the Committee / Publicity team / Group co-ordinators / newsletter editor will be printed on a monthly basis and will be made available at the monthly general meetings. This information will be given out by the MAGs team on Table 2, next to the Registration Table. (Names of members who do not use a computer will be highlighted on the register to enable the MAGs team to identify them on signing in and then direct them to the information.)

2. For members who do not regularly attend the monthly meetings the group co-ordinators will be alerted to their need to organise volunteers within the group in helping to ensure all relevant information is passed on to the appropriate members.

Everyone’s help is much appreciated in making this system work and ensuring that all members are kept up to date with activities, information etc.
Any queries please ask any member of the Executive Committee or the MAGs team or contact Jean Brenchley



To contact the Co-ordinator CLICK on the HIGHLIGHTED TEXT
This will take you to the SITE MESSAGE PAGE for the group whose page you are on or the person you wish to contact.

PLUS some pages will show a "Mail Envelope" link in to top right which will also take you to the Message Page.

ALSO on the "CONTACTS" Page there are Committee Members and Officers listed that you can contact shown.
Your message will be re-directed to the Committee Member or Officer that you want to contact


WEBSITE - Number of pages viewed on our Website each month


Page Views for 2020 is = 25518 (Jan - Aug)
Page views for 2019 was = 47736
Page views for 2018 was = 48659
Page views for 2017 was = 49055
Page views for 2016 was = 51556
Page Views for 2015 was = 50618
Page views for 2014 was = 46002

U3A You Tube Channel

Direct Link to The U3A You Tube Channel giving access to U3A video's and information



Direct link to Website


~~~~~~~~~~~NOTTINGHAMSHIRE NETWORK OF U3As~~~~~~~~~~~~

Nottinghamshire Network of u3as
Direct link to website


U3A in Notts Brochure
Go to LINK on right side of page


Information from Notts. Network U3A Representatives.



A policy had been agreed whereby members of U3A Worksop & District and Retford U3A could attend each others meetings and interest Groups, provided they could be accommodated, without having to join that U3A. If however they attend the General Meetings then they must join that U3A.
These members would also have to pay any costs of the activities that they joined.

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