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10th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATORY AFTERNOON TEA

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.

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MEMBERSHIP

Our new membership year commences on the 1st April 2019

The membership fee for 2019-20 will be £15.00.

FULL DETAILS ON THE MEMBERSHIP PAGE

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

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Chair’s Chat – September, 2019

I have just had the privilege and the pleasure of representing and flying the flag for Worksop & District U3A at the 2019 Conference and AGM, held at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham. I had a wonderful time. I listened to speakers, followed presentations, took part in workshops, wined and dined, voted at the AGM, took part in a quiz, spoke to many fellow members from all around the UK, heard a wonderful talk about The Medici, Florence and Golden Age of Art, and even saw a magic show! I picked up loads of ideas for weird and wacky interest groups (bet that’s got you scared!). After two-and-a-half days of total immersion in things U3A, I now feel that I know and understand what the U3A movement is all about, and the more I hear the more impressed I become and the more honoured I feel to be a small part of it. A lot more people are now aware of Worksop & District U3A than before.

Every U3A is an independent body, and it is easy to forget, or even to be unaware of, the vast machine that is working away at National level to keep the whole thing going. Sitting amongst 450 delegates representing 430,000 members in 1,040 U3As in the UK certainly puts things into perspective. National Office has a staff of 14 full-time equivalent workers, and the extent of their activities is vast. Much of their work goes unnoticed by grass-root members, but without it the U3A would not be able to function as one of the largest volunteer-led organisations in the country.

I cannot possibly feed back everything I learned at the Conference, but I will do my best to pass on relevant information over the coming months to ensure that our membership is kept up-to-date as the Trust embarks on its new medium-term Development Plan which will have implications for us all.
Headline news at Conference was the fact that, without telling anybody, the U3A has rebranded itself!

Did you spot the difference? At last - not before time in my opinion - ‘The University of the Third Age’ has been ditched, except for relationships with educational institutions. The strapline under the logo will be the not-so-new Learn, laugh, live, though oddly this version doesn’t appear yet on the National website. The intention is that the stand-alone logo will become recognisable for what the movement does, not what the letters stand for, much as the BBC and the yellow arched M of Mcdonalds speak volumes to everyone as to what they mean. The Trust stopped short of actually changing the name on the grounds of cost, given the huge number of changes that would be needed, and the drive to raise the profile to make the logo universally recognised forms a major part of the Development Plan. Watch this space!

I have much more to say about the Conference, with a very real danger of boring everybody to death, but this will have to do for now as I want to get the Chat done before I head off on holiday tomorrow for a week. See you all at the September general meeting.
Sheila

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A few notes from the Treasurer:

My three-year term of office ends at the 2020 AGM. It would be marvellous if someone could come forward with a view to becoming treasurer in May 2020 so that I can help them into the role between now and then.

Our current financial year ends on 31st March 2019 and all groups need to report their total income, expense and petty cash figures so that I can provide accurate figures for the annual audit and to the Charity Commission. I will provide group coordinators with a simple financial reporting template in the next few weeks.

There are currently three groups who pay for their room hire directly rather than having it paid from one of our accounts as recommended by the U3A national office. Groups should be aware that paying for their own room hire may jeopardise an insurance claim against the U3A.

Arrangements for paying in cash at Barclays in Worksop will be changing as they are removing the Quick Pay Point. Groups with their own paying-in books can continue to use them either at a counter or with a ‘Drop and Go’ bag.

Groups are reminded that any equipment purchased by an interest group is the property of Worksop & District U3A. Group equipment purchased in this way is covered against Damage and Loss by our insurance through U3A national office.

About 10% of members paid their subscriptions by BACS transfer and by PayPal last year. The payments were processed successfully and securely. Paying your subscription in this way proved very helpful to the Membership Secretary and I would recommend it to all members. I’m happy to answer any questions about this method of payment.

Roy Parrott
March 2019

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NEWSLETTER & WEBSITE

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

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GROUP NEWS

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

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JEWELLERY GROUP
The Jewellery group has vacancies available for both days.
Contact for the group is Patricia Tedds

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THEATRE GROUP
Thanks go to Joyce and Tony Honey who have for many years been the Group Coordinators for the Theatre group.
Their hard work and organisation has been much appreciated by all the Theatre goers.
As they have now stood down from the role the relevant page is no longer active on the Web site.

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POEMS for PLEASURE
This new group is now up[ and running for anyone interested in reading poetry and sharing their interest with others.
The group will meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, starting on Tuesday 17th September, in the Lounge at Christchurch, Thievesdale Lane. This is a lovely relaxed venue with easy chairs and sofas, and will be ideal. There is plenty of parking in the car park opposite.
Everyone is welcome. Bring a favourite poem if you have one to read aloud and share informally with the group, or just come along and listen. At this meeting we will choose themes for the next few months.

For more information and to sign up for the group, please call or email:
Sheila Massey

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UPDATE OF WORKSOP & DISTRICT U3A POLICIES

Updates of the following Policies can be now be viewed for
Constitution 2019-09
Policy - Data Protection 1808
Policy - Privacy Policy 1808

Both updates were approved by the Committee on 7th August 2018

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THE MEETERS AND GREETERS (MAGS)

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

MEETERS AND GREETERS "BUDDY SYSTEM”

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

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CONTACTING GROUP CO-ORDINATORS BY E-MAIL

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

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WEBSITE - Number of pages viewed on our Website each month

2019October3807
2019September3859
2019August3495
2019July3017
2019June2949
2019May3104
2019April3628
2019March4750
2019February3935
2019January4521
2018December3644
2018November4419

Page views for 2019 was =
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

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U3A You Tube Channel

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

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ASSOCIATION OF EAST MIDLANDS U3A'S

Direct link to Website

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Nottinghamshire Network of u3as
Direct link to website

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

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Information from Notts. Network U3A Representatives.

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INFORMATION ABOUT U3A EVENTS IN OTHER AREAS

The U3A have started to produce a NEWSLETTER on line which details events that are taking place.
The " YET MORE ACTIVITIES " is now no longer required and is therefore being removed.

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Copyright Notice: Digital Images, Photographs & the Internet
The Intellectual Property office has a very useful leaflet number 1/2014 updated in November 2015. Find it at https://www.gov.uk
By searching on digital images.

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N.N.N.G. (North Notts Neighbourhood Group) RECIPROCAL STATEMENT.#

On the 28th March they agreed that :
A policy had been agreed whereby members of any U3A within North Notts could attend another North Notts U3A’s Interest Group, 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.
The groups already committed are Ashfield, Dukeries, Hucknall, Mansfield, Sherwood, Sutton-in-Ashfield and Worksop.
At the time of going to print

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