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
England is now in lockdown and information can be found on https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home
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: email@example.com 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.
Wednesday January 20th at 10:30 – Confederates, Canals & Cotton
We have set up another virtual tour of Liverpool by Zoom with a blue badge guide. It covers 7 Streets mostly around and between Old Hall St and Chapel St and will explore some of Liverpool’s oldest medieval streets. During the tour we’ll learn about the important role played by Liverpool during the American Civil War and the city’s unofficial Confederate Embassy, about the cotton trade and its legacy and the importance of the canals. We expect it to be of more interest to Local History Group members but all members are welcome. We will send a separate email with the link nearer the time. The tour will be led by Formby-based Blue Badge Guide, Julie Kershaw and these have proved very popular.
We are planning meetings over the next few months and future speakers may be found on the Meetings page, please click here
Wednesday 10th Feb 2021 at 2 pm – Dark Light by Fool’s Gold ( Acoustic Musicians)
Fool’s Gold shows blend together a story, fabulous supporting visuals and live acoustic music. Dark Light has been created as a wholly new show specifically for zoom using some of the clever functions available to build a fascinating and creative show. It describes the Flannan Island mystery of 1900 when three lighthouse keepers disappeared from the remote island in the Outer Hebrides. The mystery is unsolved to this day. Its amazing how many songs of that the time that you will know so smile and sing!
Details of the show programme can be found here
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
Weather and Current Covid-19 restrictions permitting…
Cancelled until further notice due to lockdown
Formby u3a needs Committee Members to keep going next year (2021/22)
Many thanks to those who have come forward to volunteer for the Committee. We have co-opted Pam Ashton, Evan Bale, Jane Bienias and Sheila Wise onto the Committee so they can get up to speed for next year. Pam is willing to stand as Group’s Secretary at the AGM. However we still need someone to stand as Secretary – Keith is very happy to help a volunteer. Also the post of Vice-Chairman is still vacant.
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 is using the National Newsletter to keep members informed on the latest government advice concerning coronavirus covid-19.
Please click here for the u3a website
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.
A copy of the latest advice for England can be seen by clicking here
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 )
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