Keeping us Together
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Our Committee is now down to 7 members. While we can get by with the basic functions required of the committee, we do need help with the following.
- Support – acting as a link between the committee and the groups, support groups and leaders where required, assisting with the setting up of new groups.
- Development – There is a lot happening within the whole u3a movement at the moment and we need to keep in closer touch with the national & local networks and make use of what they have to offer to help develop and grow the Ash u3a groups and membership.
If you think you could help in any way with this or you know someone who you think could help please contact me.
I am pleased to inform you all that Tom Gardner has volunteered to join our u3a committee and he was co-opted on at our March meeting. Tom will be our link person with the local u3a networks, Surrey Network & the Surrey & North East Hants Network as well as taking on the publicity role. Tom has been leading our Computer Support Group since its inception a couple of years ago. He is a very welcome addition to our committee and will enable us to be more effective in our role in the coming months as we seek to get our activities up and running again.
The membership fee paid for the current year (2019 – 2020) will cover a two year period, thus membership renewal will not now be due until August 2021. Any new people joining during the coming year will still naturally have to pay.
We look to the Third Age Trust for advice in these matters and we receive regular updates from them. Their advice is guided by government policy. Should any group wish to meet outdoors, up to 6 people only, I have guidelines for that situation and group leaders have been informed of that advice.
Track & Trace
Our Computer Group leader Tom Gardner thought the following information may be helpful to all our members.
We thought it appropriate to drop you a cautionary note now that the NHS track and trace system has been launched.
We know that it will be scary if you are contacted, but it’s important to keep a clear head as unfortunately there will be people who are looking to take advantage of the situation.
Not all people who contact you are scammers, but some might be.
You will be asked some personal questions, such as your full name, date of birth, and contact details.
You should NOT be asked for any bank details or payments, or details of your other online accounts, or asked to set up a password or a PIN over the phone, or for you to ring a premium rate number (e.g. starting 09 or 087).
It maybe appropriate that you will be asked to login to a NHS website – This will be https://contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk/ – At the moment there is no other website.
The correct website will display a closed padlock, to the left of the address in your browser.
If there is no closed padlock, or it says http:// (i.e. no s after the http) then don’t login.
Unfortunately there isn’t currently a contact NHS phone number that you can use to verify if what you have been told is correct.
Tom has tested the above web address and currently its working Ok, but the only advice we can give you if you are unsure is to contact your local GP Surgery to try and confirm if the website you are being asked to connect to is correct (they probably won’t know that NHS Track & Trace have been in touch with you).
As always if you are called by an organisation that you are usure about then
- Use a different phone, if possible, to the one you have been called on to verify if everything is ok
- Use a contact number for the organisation that you have obtained elsewhere – From their website or a document you have received from them recently
If you think it’s approprite, feel free to pass this email onto to someone who may benefit.
We recently commemorated the 80th anniversary of the evacuation of Dunkirk. It has often been called a miracle, and it was, indeed, incredibly brilliant – inspired – organisation that brought so many of our troops home. But as Winston Churchill said “wars are not won by evacuations”. He was also reported as saying – “And we’ll fight them with the butt ends of broken beer bottles because that’s bloody well all we’ve got”
John Childs, Leader of the Science and Technology Group, has written a sobering, thoughtful, and challenging assessment of twenty five days in May-June 1940 [Link] A must read.”
Thinking of a holiday after lockdown. Book through Riviera Travel and benefit Ash U3A as Riviera Travel will give a 10% donation to ASH U3A if you mention you are a member at the time of booking. Their web site is https://www.rivieratravel.co.uk