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A message from the Chairman Frances Taylor and the Committee

As you know social contact is being severely restricted as a result of Covid-19

Formby U3A is cancelling its monthly meetings both the Wednesday afternoon and the Thursday Coffee Morning for the time being


We are receiving advice from U3A National Office and putting this and/or links on this Formby U3A website page.  We will also be using Latest News to update you on Formby U3A news and other information.  The new version of the website is up and running and will be easier to use with tablets and smartphones.

The Formby U3A Newsletter exists to report on Formby U3A activities.  As most group activities are suspended there is currently little to report and we do not intend to continue publishing the Newsletter in its current form until monthly meetings, coffee morning and group activities return to normal.  We will be setting up a News page or something similar on the website and discussing ways to keep members informed particularly via Group Leaders.  Please let us have your suggestions and feel free to contact the Committee for help.

We recognise that quite a number of our members do not have access to the internet so cannot regularly check websites.  For this reason we will be posting a copy of April 2020 Newsletter to all Formby U3A members who have not provided an email address.

We are asking Group Leaders to make particular efforts to keep in touch with members without internet access.

Clearly Groups will not be able to function in the same way as previously.  However it is important that people stay in touch using all means available.  The U3A guidance gives some suggestions such as setting up regular phone calls between Group members.  Some Groups may be able to exchange information on projects using the internet, email or telephone.  For instance language groups could exchange work, book groups may continue all reading the same book; family history groups can help each other with internet searches and the Card Making Group is using a WhatsApp Group.  Outdoor exercise is encouraged by Public Health England but participants need to stay 2m apart.

If you require help:

Can Formby Community FC help with anything? Formby Community FC are reaching out to all the elderly & vulnerable in our Community to see if they need anything?  A fish supper delivered, a small basket of shopping done, or simply pulling the bin to the end of the drive on bin day.  If any help is required then please get in touch.  E-mail: tinafcfc@outlook.com      or call 0779 166 8280

Covid-19 Southport and Formby Support Group is a Facebook group that has been set up.  It aims to provide mutual group aid.

Formby Bubble’s home page gives lists of firms and people willing to help please click here

Most recent Government advice can be found on:   https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response.


Covid-19 – Information and advice from U3A National Office

Third Age Trust website links

The Third Age Trust is using the National Newsletter to keep members informed on the latest government advice concerning coronavirus covid-19. It is also filled with information, stories and advice from across the U3A movement on how to keep safe and occupied during this difficult time. To sign up please click HERE (opens a new tab)

Information and advice from the Trust below

Please click HERE to view the Third Age Trust website for current news and Covid-19 advice. Please click on the picture on the TAT site to view the information


WELCOME TO YOUR NEW LOOK FORMBY U3A WEBSITE

Noel Blundell, our webmaster has been working on a new version of the website which has a more contemporary user friendly format and should be more responsive, particularly with mobile devices such as tablets and smart phones.  It went live on March 14th.  The main headings are the same although the content may look a bit different.  In particular, it will be easier to add photographs of a Group’s activities to their page and we have used some photos from previous newsletters. We hope many Groups will take advantage of this facility and email a photo or two to webmaster@formbyu3a.org.uk. Please remember that photographs must be members’ own photographs and ensure everyone is aware the photographs will appear on this website.  We would also welcome members photographs that could be used for the banner at the top of the page.


Minutes from the Special General Meeting & Annual General Meeting held on 11th March 2020 may be found on the ADMIN page by clicking here


Group Reporting:  REMINDER  ANNUAL STATEMENTS FOR 2020 ARE NOW NEEDED.

A reminder that we need to include groups income and expenditure in our results.  Many groups do not need to complete monthly reports because they either don’t have any income and expenditure or amounts are very small (less than £100 per year) or the monies in and out occur on the same day.  These groups need to submit an annual statement to the Treasurer stating why they do not need to report – if you haven’t already done so please email me with this information   treasurer@formbyu3a.org.uk   or send a letter to Formby U3A, PO Box 216, Liverpool, L37 1XQ. If your group does have income and expenditure and you’re not already reporting, would you contact me and I can talk you through the straightforward requirements.


2020 MEETINGS

Cancelled until further notice


FORMBY U3A OPEN DAY – JUNE 2020

In the February Newsletter the Committee asked for volunteers to help organise an Open Day in June to celebrate 30 years of Formby U3A.  The Chairman made a similar request in a letter to Group Leaders.  Only one volunteer has come forward and a few Groups have offered to be there on the day.  In view of this the Committee considered that it was not going to be possible to hold this event.   This has now been overtaken by events with the cancellation of all meetings for the time being as a result of Covid-19.


MARCH 2020 – CAN YOU HELP?

Author. Frances Taylor 577205 chairman@formbyu3a.org.uk
There are still vacancies on the Committee following the AGM. If you feel you could contribute to the smooth running of YOUR U3A, please think about joining the committee. It gives you a chance to meet new people and find out what is going on.  We welcome new people and new ideas. You don’t need to apply for a specific position – all contributions are gratefully received! Please contact any Committee member to find out what it involves. Click here for contact details


NEWSLETTER

The Newsletter editor is Dave Goodwill, with Doug Boyd deputising in Dave’s absence. Contributions to the monthly Newsletter are ALWAYS welcomed and actively encouraged.  The last issue will be APRIL 2020 until further notice.

The Formby U3A Newsletter exists to report on Formby U3A activities.  As most group activities are suspended there is currently little to report and we do not intend to continue publishing the Newsletter in its current form until monthly meetings, coffee morning and group activities return to normal.  We will be setting up a News page or something similar on the website and discussing ways to keep members informed particularly via Group Leaders.  Please let us have your suggestions and feel free to contact the Committee for help.

Please be aware – To comply with GDPR implementation – Members submitting photographs must ensure that all people shown in photographs are aware that photographs are being taken for inclusion in the Newsletter and may also be used on the website

Please send any articles, photos and items for inclusion in the newsletter to newseditor@formbyu3a.org.uk – please note email delivery is not 100% guaranteed, if 7 days after submitting an article you have not received an acknowledgement one of the e-mail systems may have failed, so please try again.


IS ANYONE RELATED TO STANLEY CRAWFORD ? – JANUARY 2020

Paul Carter, a member of Southport U3A, has by chance acquired documents and photographs relating to Stanley Crawford who originated in Formby and died a few years ago in the Isle of Wight.  He knows his sister had children and some family members may still be in Formby. He would like to pass the items to a family member otherwise he will dispose of them. If anyone is related to Stanley Crawford please contact Paul on meetandeatsouthportu3a@gmail.com


AS FORMBY U3A SECRETARY

I sometimes get some unexpected emails. Recently I received an email from a doctor in Australia which I thought was worth sharing. Roger Smith, an Australian family doctor has self-published a book on health – Take a Simple Drive to a Healthier Life – please click here to view  more details (pdf)


SEFTON BOROUGH OF CULTURE 2020

Author, David Davies, Group Leader U3A Folk – please click here to view his report & here for the poster & here for the newsletter


MEMBERSHIP 2020 – 2021

If you have NOT renewed membership you are deemed to NO LONGER BE A MEMBER of Formby U3A and CANNOT partake of any of their activities as you will no longer have valid insurance cover. Your new card colour for 2020 is GREEN

Annual subscriptions were and are due on 1st January. In order to ensure that the insurance cover provided by our affiliation to the Third Age Trust is not compromised, ALL membership subscriptions should be paid by 28th February.

If you have any queries regarding payment or wish to pay by Standing Order or make an Online Bank Payment then please contact the Membership Secretary, Christine McIlraith . Email: membership@formbyu3a.org.uk or phone 874787

If you are not certain if you are still a member please contact the Membership Secretary, Christine McIlraith
Email: membership@formbyu3a.org.uk or phone 874787

Or write to:

Membership Secretary
Formby U3A,
PO Box 216,
Liverpool L37 1XQ

If you require information on how to renew  your membership please click here


TO VIEW NEW AND UPDATED POLICIES

Following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations in May 2018, Formby U3A committee revised the policies for data protection and data privacy in line with the regulations. To view our policies please click here


GROUP LEADERS

There is a separate page for Group Leader information – please click here

Third Age Trust / University of the Third Age news, events and information. If you are not already registered on the National site then you will need to create an account to view the member only areas and offers and receive their newsletter. The Third Age Trust (TAT) website can be viewed by clicking here. To view and sign up to receive the National Newsletter direct, please click visit here . The Third Age Trust website also has a resource section which has articles on a number of topics which may be of interest, please click here

North West Region of U3As – You may wish to see what events are available elsewhere please click here to visit their site. To access North West Region homepage and latest Newsletter please click here


VOLUNTEERING

Looking for a new challenge? Have you thought about volunteering to help local charities? If you are interested in volunteering opportunities – these are a few we have been contacted about – please click here

MUCH OLDER NEWS

Sept 2017 – Local information

Village Surgery promotes healthy lifestyles – please click here to view the information (pdf)