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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 arranging monthly meetings using Zoom and a number of Groups are also meeting via Zoom or in small groups


September 2020

It is clear that things are not going to return to normal for some considerable time and over 70s and those clinically extremely vulnerable are still being urged to be particularly careful.

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

Information on the latest restrictions in Sefton can be found on:  https://www.sefton.gov.uk/miscellaneous-pages/coronavirus-2019.aspx

This link gives Frequently Asked Questions about the new Covid-19 measures in Merseyside issued by Liverpool City Council  https://liverpoolexpress.co.uk/new-covid-19-measures-frequently-asked-questions/

Information on the latest restrictions in Lancashire can be found on: https://www.lancashire.gov.uk/coronavirus-updates/coronavirus-restrictions-in-lancashire/

Government information on local restrictions can be found on:  https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/local-restrictions-areas-with-an-outbreak-of-coronavirus-covid-19


Keeping in Touch

At present we are not producing Newsletters but would do so online if we had sufficient contributions from members.  We are sending regular emails to all members via Mailchimp and separately to Group Leaders.  If you have registered an email address with Formby U3A and do not receive these emails please contact the Membership Secretary.  Also contact her if you now wish to register an email address with us.

We are well aware that not everyone has access to the internet and so would ask members to spread the word around of what we are doing and make sure these members are OK.  It would be nice if we could set up a ‘Buddy System’ so that these members are informed of Future Events and the activities which have restarted and do not feel forgotten.

A number of Groups are already using Zoom and as the Committee is gaining more experience we can help and give advice.

Speaker Meeting

Our next meeting will be at 2pm on Wednesday 14th October with a talk by Pam Ashton called “One Old Lady and a Bike” which describes a sponsored cycle ride in aid of the Jo Cox Foundation.   Pam is joint leader of our Cycling Group so please support her.

We are planning meetings over the next few months and future speakers can be found the Meetings page.

In fact if any of you know of any good speakers please let the Committee know, as we are keen to make a success of this

Formby U3A Book & Jigsaw Exchange

Thank you to everyone who visited the book and jigsaw exchange last Monday (14/9).

Weather permitting (!) the book and jigsaw exchange will be available in Holy Trinity car park just outside the Workshop each month at the time we would normally have our monthly coffee morning. So the next one will be between 10am and 12 noon on Thursday 15th October.

Please come and visit and bring us your old books and jigsaws.

U3A 2021 Diaries

We hope to be able to offer members U3A diaries again this year. The cost of the 2021 diary will be £3. If you would like us to order one for you please contact the secretary preferably by emailing secretary@formbyu3a.org.uk to let him know. How we will be able to distribute these to members has yet to be decided!

2021 Committee

Next year we will need six new committee members so it’s not too early to start thinking about joining the committee and helping Formby U3A to run successfully.  In fact we have vacancies at present.  Please contact a committee member if you would like more information as to what is involved.

Third Age Trust

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)

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

Please click here for the Technology Help page which gives a number of How to Guides and you can book for Zoom online tutorials      (https://www.u3a.org.uk/resources/technology-help )

September 2020 – This document is the latest advice on Restarting Interest Groups from the Third Age Trust.  The latest information can be found on the Advice section of the Trust website under Advice but you need to set up an account and log in. However, to view the document please click here

The Third Age Trust has published an Outdoor Risk Assessment Checklist for use during Covid-19 restrictions please click here.  This will need to be kept up to date as restrictions change.

NW Region of U3As are putting on Zoom sessions for Autumn-Winter 2020 on the second Tuesday of the month.  Click here for details and to book    ( https://u3asites.org.uk/north-west/events )

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 – This contains information on local news and initiatives. To access North West Region homepage please click here