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 email@example.com
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com quoting your 2020/21 U3A number.
Go to the Art Appreciation Group page for full details
CHECK OUT THE LIST OF MONTHLY LECTURES
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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:
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 email@example.com
Please remember to add your surname and membership number in the details section. Please also send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.com if you can help
POLICIES & PROCEDURES
The Polices & Procedures have been revised and amalgamated into one document which can be viewed at
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
See Diary Dates for planned trips.
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 email@example.com , who will if there are enough memberd interested try to create a new and parallel group.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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
Jenny Schofield is the Groups Co-Ordinator - Email Jenny on firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Bob Charters is our Newsletter Editor, please send articles to him at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org , 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