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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

March 2021

Restrictions are being eased from March 29 and the latest Government advice can be found here  More detail on what you can do after March 29 is here

Formby Community FC are reaching out again 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 email: or call 0779 166 8280

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 using Zoom for a meeting or just a chat so we hope more will take advantage of this facility.  In particular as face to face activities cannot go ahead in the latest lockdown and even when this is lifted outdoor activities will not be so attractive as the weather gets cooler.  Some Groups are using the Formby u3a account and there are still slots available and please contact the Chairman.  Others are using private accounts.

The following Groups are using Zoom:-

Some Groups eg Discussion, Science, Cookery, Book 3 and Quiz can take some extra members whilst using Zoom so please contact the Group Leader.

Speaker Meeting

Wednesday May 12th at 2.00 pm

Living the African Dream – Alison Mees. Alison’s conservation and community work in Africa

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

We are planning meetings over the next few months and future speakers may be found on the Meetings page, please click here

Formby U3A Book & Jigsaw Exchange
Weather and Current Covid-19 restrictions permitting…

We intend to start up the Book and Jigsaw exchange outside the Workshop on Thursday April 15.

2021 Committee

Formby u3a Committee Members – 2021/22

Many thanks to those who have come forward to volunteer for the Committee and the new Committee is in place following the AGM. However, the post of Vice-Chairman is still vacant. We are still looking for new people for now and next year. If you are interested please contact any Trustee.

What does being on the Committee involve?

Formby u3a Committee meets on the first Tuesday of each month (except August).  It also helpful if Committee Members can come to the monthly meetings and/or coffee mornings (when they restart) to meet existing and new members. This year we hope we can arrange a number of activities such as an Open Day, new members meetings, Group Leaders meetings and a stall at the Friday Market which we were unable to do last year. Again Committee Members will be involved in those.
Formby u3a Committee Members are Charity Trustees. Charity trustees are the people responsible for governing a charity and directing how it is managed and run. They have overall responsibility for overseeing and leading the charity, ensuring it is solvent and well-run. In particular Trustees are expected to know, follow and promote the Principles of the u3a movement at every opportunity. Trustees serve as volunteers and receive no payment other than out of pocket expenses. They must put the interests of their charity first, work together as a team and assume collective responsibility.

Third Age Trust

The Third Age Trust has issued guidance on restarting Group activities and has provided a summary chart for the easing of lockdown – click here. Outdoor activities in groups of 6 can recommence.  Groups are asked to let the Groups’ Secretary know if they are starting up.  Please ensure you follow social distancing and other relevant Government advice.   Individual Group members should consider whether it is appropriate for them to rejoin activities.  Please click here for the detail

A summary of Government advice and proposed timetable may be viewed here

The Third Age Trust website has news, information and information on online events. You will need to create an account to access the Advice page.  Please click here for the website

The Learning page gives a list of Subject Advisers and various learning opportunities and resources.  Please click here

The online Events page can be accessed here  All events are free to members.

Please click here for Covid-19 advice and technology help which gives links to to a number of How To Guides and booking places on Zoom tutorial.

The Third Age Trust is using the National Newsletter to keep members informed on the latest government advice concerning coronavirus covid-19.  To view and sign up to receive the National Newsletter direct, please click visit here.

North West Region of U3As – This contains information on local news and initiatives. To access North West Region homepage please click here

NW Region of U3As are putting on Zoom sessions for 2021 on the second Tuesday of the month.  Click here for details and to book    ( )

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