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FREE ZOOM TALKS

There are a host of free on line talks to be found at https://www.u3a.org.uk/events/educational-events

ZOOM RECORDED TALKS

Both Art Appreciation and History Social & Economic Groups have put their latest talks on line through this website. Go to their Group pages and use the links. If other Groups would like to do the same, they need to use their own cloud storage and provide a link to web.wsm.u3a@gmail.com

SPRING NEWSLETTER

The Spring Newsletter is available through this link Spring Newsletter 2021 edition 76. The deadline date for the Summer Newsletter is Friday 14 May 2021.

STAYING IN TOUCH

Staying in touch with each other at this time of uncertainty is vitally important. If you would like to join our virtual coffee morning at 11.00 am on Tuesday each week, you will firstly need to download the “Zoom” app from https://”Zoom”.us/download. Subsequently, send an e-mail with your name and membership number to: secretary.wsm.u3a@gmail.com, and we will let you have the necessary details for you to log in. It’s really very easy – give it a go!!

The committee has reluctantly decided to suspend the dedicated Weston U3A Facebook page because it was not being used to the extent we envisaged when it was set up. The Weston “WhatsApp” facility is still available for you to use to stay in touch with friends and colleagues.

Many members may have lost touch with each other over the past year because of the Covid restrictions. If you would like to request the phone number of a member with whom you have lost touch. Or you would just like to have a member to phone, email web.wsm.u3a@gmail.com.

The committee will be compiling a list of members willing to share their phone number.

Let’s support each other.


CHECK OUT OUR NEW COMMUNITY PAGE

We have a new community page to share information - first item is an appeal for Next Link Housing who provide safe houses for persons, families, children fleeing from abuse - hurry to make a donation the appeal ends 18th December 2020

OUR MEMBERSHIP HAS FALLEN

Weston U3A membership has declined by several hundred to 872, no doubt due to Covid. Encourage your friends to join for just £12 per year. There is still lots going on albeit mostly on Zoom. The current membership is extended until 30 September 2021, so there is no need to renew 1st April 2021. The membership fee from September 2021 to 31st March 2022 has yet to be decided pending upon the Weston U3A financial situation.

AGM 2021

2.15pm Friday 11th June 2021 our AGM may have to be conducted using Zoom Meeting on-line. Let the chairman know your thoughts about holding a virtual AGM by emailing chair.wsm.u3a@gmail.com

Art Appreciation Programme January to March 2021

These meetings will all be on Zoom starting at 10.30am. Any U3A member is welcome to join us and if you wish to do so please contact Val Marsh via groups.wsm.u3a@gmail.com quoting your 2020/21 U3A number.

Go to the Art Appreciation Group page for full details

CHECK OUT THE LIST OF MONTHLY LECTURES

Go to Diary Dates and see the list of Monthly Lectures that are available on Zoom - contact web.wsm.u3a@gmail.com if you are not getting information from the Lecture Co-ordinator

RE-STARTING GROUPS

Weston U3A has not yet sanctioned re-opening meetings unless government Covid safety guidelines are met.

Meetings in homes is completely prohibited, meetings in gardens, or open places is permitted but only in groups of six unless from the same household.

The National U3A Trust has put out guidelines for when the meetings of Groups may re-commence.

If meeting in community halls strict Covid Safety arrangements must be in place and there must exist and be held a written Risk Assessment must be in place for the premises.

See the current National U3A Trust for Re-starting Covid safe Group Meetings.

NEXT COMMITTEE MEETING

The next Committee meeting 14:30hrs Monday 10 May 2021 virtually with Zoom

DESPITE THE CLOSURE U3A LIFE GOES ON

Some Groups are continuing using Zoom to hold on line meetings - Astronomy, Art Appreciation, Economic and Social History, to name just a few.

These Groups meeting on Zoom are open to all members regardless whether you belong to that group or not, phone the group leader - numbers are in the Spring Newsletter

We continue the Monthly Lectures again using Zoom with the participation of an on line Lecturer.

We have set up a WhatsApp called Weston U3A Grp, so that members can communicate with each other.

If you are interested in any of the above email web.wsm.u3a@gmail.com giving your name and membership number, and stating which of the above you wish to join.

The National U3A has offered us their on line forum, and you can register at https://forum.u3abeacon.org.uk

Or you could sign up for the National U3A news letter at

https://www.u3a.org.uk/newsletter?utm_source=U3A+Newsletter&utm_campaign=4047610678-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_04_09_12_47&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_40791d727a-4047610678-517792205

PHYSICAL MEETINGS OF WESTON U3A CLOSED DOWN UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE re COVID19

ALL GROUP LEADERS ADVISED TO CLOSED THEIR GROUPS

ALL TRIPS CANCELLED

CHAIRMAN'S LETTER TO MEMBERS:

Dear All

PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ THIS E-MAIL BECAUSE IT CONTAINS IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING FUTURE U3A ACTIVITIES IN WESTON-SUPER-MARE.

In no particular order of importance:

The weekly coffee morning is suspended with immediate effect. There will be no coffee mornings until further notice.

Membership renewal at coffee mornings is now clearly not an option. Please continue with membership renewals either by post in accordance with the instructions in the last newsletter (page 8), or if you use internet banking by bank transfer to:

A £12 transfer to our bank account number details from the treasurer at treasurer.wsm.u3a@gmail.com

Please remember to add your surname and membership number in the details section. Please also send an e-mail to treasurer.wsm.u3a@gmail.com with confirmation of the details. If you are making a bulk payment for more than one name, or a group, please put the senders name in the transfer details. Also please let us know of any changes to your membership record – address, phone number or e-mail address. We will produce a membership card for 2020/2021 in your name and hold it until we can hand it to you at some future date. Please keep a copy of the e-mail as proof of payment to show to your group leader, if required, before then.

In previous years, anyone who has not renewed by mid-May will be removed from the membership list. In view of the current difficult circumstances, this deadline is being extended by 3 months to 30th September.

As the Weston U3A financial year ends in two weeks time, any group leaders who have money remaining to pay in are requested to use our online banking and send it to the U3A bank account detailed above. Alternatively, you can send a cheques by post to our Treasurer Mr John Haynes at 48, Pegasus Court, Beach Road, Weston-super-Mare BS23 4AL. John will issue an e-mail receipt for all such payment received.

The AGM scheduled for 12th June is being postponed. We are required to hold an AGM every year, and not later than 15 months after the last. Accordingly, our AGM will be postponed until mid-September at the earliest. The specific date will be advised in due course dependant upon how this situation develops.

If you receive this e-mail and are aware of any other members who may not have an e-mail facility, please advise them of this shutdown.

These are very difficult times for us all, but if we all pull together we can get through this. Please remember that your committee is here to support you all, and that we will endeavour to keep you all informed as and when circumstances change. If you are worried, or in any doubt about what to do, please do not hesitate to give me a call on 01934 642056. Bob Charters may not have all the answers, but if he can help, he will.

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL TIME

Weston S Mare U3A membership are due for renewal from 1st April 2020 still £12 for one year, but will be extended until 30th September 2021.

If NOT RENEWED BY MIDDLE of MAY 2020 youur name will be removed from list of members.

The new membership cards will be edged with a SALMON PINK coloured border and will be valid until 30th September 2021.

All group leaders have been asked to check the membership currency of their group members.

Easy ways to renew

There are three ways to renew:-

Pay by post

Send a cheque for £12.00 made payable to U3A WsM to the Membership Secretary

Val Perrin postal address in hard-copy Weston U3A Newsletter

enclosing a Stamped Addressed Envelope.

Pay through a Group Leader

Some Group Leaders are willing to collect your subscription from you, in cash or by cheque, at one of your regular meetings around the end of March. If you choose to renew in this way you will be issued with your new membership card at your next meeting.

EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING & NEW CONSTITUTION

EGM was held on Friday 13th December 2019 commencing at 1.30pm in the United Reformed Church Hall, Waterloo Street, Weston-super-Mare. Agenda and details. A quorum was achieved with 144 members attending. The business of the AGM held in June 2019 was confirmed with committee members elected as per described on the Committee page.

A motion to reduce the member attendance at future Annual General Meetings to form a quorum from 10% to 5% of the total membership was proposed and carried.

The Constitution has therefore been amended, a copy of the new Constitution can be found on the Committee page and also on the Constitution page.

HELP NEEDED AT TUESDAY COFFEE MORNINGS

We are looking for able bodied persons to join a rota to start setting up at 8am on Tuesday mornings at the Friends Meeting House. It can all be done by 9.30 and no need to stay to the end of coffee at 11.15. We have a rota in place but more volunteers would be appreciated to get the task down to once a month.

Click to see the layout plan

Please contact secretary Nora at secretary.wsm.u3a@gmail.com if you can help

POLICIES & PROCEDURES

The Polices & Procedures have been revised and amalgamated into one document which can be viewed at

Weston U3A Policies & Procedures

MONTHLY LECTURE ALL CANCELLED

The current programme can be found on the Diary Dates page.

FORTH COMING TRIPS AND HOLIDAYS

ALL TRIPS AND HOLIDAYS CANCELLED

We could do with some more trip organisers to support four that currently arrange these trips. If you are interested becoming a Weston U3A trip/tour/ holiday organiser please contact Martha Perriam through groups.wsm.u3a@gmail.com

See Diary Dates for planned trips.

GROUP NEWS

IF A GROUP IS FULL

If a Group is listed as 'Full' please contact the Group Leader who may actually have a vacancy or may be maintaining a waiting list.

If you cannot get into the Group of your choice please contact the Bridget Andrews groups.wsm.u3a@gmail.com , who will if there are enough memberd interested try to create a new and parallel group.

GROUP LISTINGS

The Weekly Groups Programme and Alphabetical Group Listings have been updated.

There are about 100 Groups, some Group Leaders have still to provide descriptions of their group activities.

Group Leaders' contact details are not normally published on this website -

Contact groups.wsm.u3a@gmail.com for phone numbers or check out the hard copy of the Weston U3A Newsletter

If any member can spot a error in the listings or pages for Groups please email web.wsm.u3a@gmail.com

GROUPS MEETING FORTNIGHTLY on 'O' or 'E' WEEKS of the YEAR

Some groups meet fortnightly. The NewsLetter calendar denotes either a group meeting on an

EVEN or ODD numbered week of the year. Week numbers can be found in most diaries.

The Groups Alphabetical List Page shows if a Group meets on an EVEN or ODD numbered week

Still confused? Don't know what the week number it is? Then visit http://www.epochconverter.com/epoch/weeknumbers.php

Or look at the Week Chart at Even or Odd Week Chart on the Weekly Groups Programme

INFORMATION for GROUP LEADERS

GROUP CO-ORDINATOR

Jenny Schofield is the Groups Co-Ordinator - Email Jenny on groups.wsm.u3a@gmail.com

GROUP LEADERS' PAGE

Please note in the Navigation buttons at top of this page there is a new Group Leaders' page containing useful information for Group Leaders.

Group Leaders please check out this page as there is important information about hall hire, and new guidance for Group Leaders contained in pdf files.

REMINDER TO GROUP LEADERS

Group Leaders are reminded to supply a register of members attending their Groups at least three times a year, October, January, & April.

Either email to groups.wsm.u3a@gmail.com or hand into the Cashier at Tuesday Coffee Mornings at the Friends Meeting House.

This is a requirement of our U3A insurance.

Please also supply list of any members on waiting lists to join your Group so that a parallel new Group might be created.

GROUP LEADERS PLEASE CHECK THAT THOSE ATTENDING GROUPS HOLD A 2019/20 SALMON PINK coloured border MEMBERSHIP CARD.

MEMBERSHIP NUMBER IS NOT PROOF OF MEMBERSHIP

GROUP LEADERS' GUIDE LINES DOCUMENT

A revised copy of the Group Leaders' Guide Lines document is reproduced as a down loadable file the Group Leaders Page.

U3A OBJECTS & PRINICIPLES

The National U3A publishes its Objects and Principles document that sets out the ethos of U3A.

COMMITTEE NEWS

WESTON U3A POLICIES UPDATED JULY 2018

Weston U3A policies are held on the Committee page as a pdf file. A copy of these policies may be obtained from the Business Secretary secretary.wsm.u3a@gmail.com and / or at Weston U3A Policies & Procedures

FUNDING WESTON U3A

John Haynes our Weston U3A has produced a policy document approved by the committee describing how the Weston U3A is funded.

The document gives an explanation as how Group attendance fees and expenses are managed. Click the link to the Funding Policy Document.

NEWSLETTER EDITOR

Bob Charters is our Newsletter Editor, please send articles to him at newsletter.wsm.u3a@gmail.com.

E-MAILING LIST

Are you on the e-mail - mailing list?

There are 743 of your fellow members who receive immediate notification of purely U3A events and other items of only U3A interest by email.

If you wish to be added to this list give your email address to Val Perrin weston.u3a@gmail.com , or when you renew your U3A membership,

Inventory of Equipment

An inventory of equipment purchased and held by Weston U3A members can be viewed as a file attachment to the Committee page.

U3A Committee Meeting Minutes & Constitution

These are now published on the Weston U3A Committee page as a file attachment.

U3A Trustees' Code of Conduct

This code of conduct is published on the Committee page as a pdf file..

NEXT COMMITTEE MEETING

The next Committee meeting
14:00hrs Monday 15th March 2021 virtually with Zoom