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September 2021

Open Day – Author Jane Bienias

Formby u3a has an Open Day planned for Saturday 23rd October 2021 at Holy Trinity Church Hall, Formby, from 10:30 – 4:00 pm to showcase to the wider Formby audience what a talented and diverse group we are. There will be groups on show in the hall, musical performances, displays, a quiz, free cake and tea/coffee.

This is part of our recruitment drive so please come and support us and bring along friends and family who may wish to join us!


September 2021

Restarting Groups  More Group activities are starting and have asked Group Leaders to keep us informed on the current position.

If you are interested in joining a particular Group we suggest you contact the Group Leader or one of the Co-ordinators to enquire about vacancies.  The Groups’ Secretary, Pam Ashton (groups@formbyu3a.org.uk) can also advise and will arrange to keep the Group entries on the website up to date as she gets information.  Please look at Groups News in the latest newsletter for more information

Recruitment of new members  It is essential that Formby u3a recruits new members in order to thrive and we hope they would take on some responsibilities from those who have been contributing for a considerable time.  We need new ideas for activities and Groups.  The Committee has set up a recruitment sub-committee and would welcome the involvement of members as we believe there is a wealth of knowledge, experience and contacts in Formby u3a that would be of benefit.  We intend to organise local advertising so please spread the word.


Speaker Meeting

Wednesday October 13th at 2pm in Holy Trinity Church Hall

Matthew and Becky
 are a brother and sister partnership based in Formby who make handmade soaps and body care products. They will talk about and demonstrate how they make Tigermuffin Soaps

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


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 Monday of each month.  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.


Government Covid-19 advice

Restrictions have been lifted on July 19 but we are asked to be cautious.  We hope things can start to return to normal but we recognise that some members will still feel reluctant to participate fully. The latest Government advice can be found here https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus More detail on what you can do now is here  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home?priority-taxon=774cee22-d896-44c1-a611-e3109cce8eae#how-the-rules-will-change-on-29-march

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  https://www.u3a.org.uk/covid-19-advice-on-u3a-activities/897-covid-19-advice-on-u3a-activities-in-england-u3a-kms-doc-074

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  https://www.u3a.org.uk/learning

The online Events page can be accessed here  https://www.u3a.org.uk/events  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 still putting on Zoom sessions for 2021.  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 Learning page gives a list of Subject Advisers and various learning opportunities and resources.  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

We are continuing the Zoom subscription for a while so if any Group Leaders would like to use that please contact the Chairman