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National U3A Radio Podcasts

The first ever u3a radio officially launched at 2pm on 29th September directly after the national AGM.

The national office learning team have been working with member volunteers who are skilled in broadcasting and you can keep listening to u3a radio wherever you are as it is delivered as a recorded podcast.

This pilot will feature a series of interviews and features from across the movement – for the launch – all themed around looking forward.

We are very excited about this project which we aim to grow and develop over the coming year. There will be another pilot before Christmas. We hope you enjoy our first broadcast.

u3a Radio Episode 1

1st u3a Radio Podcast

The second episode of the U3A Radio Podcast aired today on our YouTube Channel at 6am.

The U3A Radio Podcast is made by a team of U3A members with experience in radio – Nick Bailey, Ela Watts and Peter Clift– who structure the episode, conduct and record the interviews and put it all together to create the final product.

In this episode, there are interviews on creative writing, opera and much more. Listen to it here:

2nd u3a Radio Podcast

 

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Computer Support Group – September Libre Office V7 Presentation

The U3A Dacorum Computer Support Group September meeting included a  Power Point presentations on LibreOffice V7

These Presentations are accessible as .pdf files on the U3A Dacorum Web site under Computer Support Group Web page. https://u3adacorum.org/?page_id=367

For Example, The Computer Support Group Presentations are now available via “Whats On?”- “Groups”-“Computer Support”- “Group web page”-“Computer Support Presentations”

Similarly any other Groups can use their own “Group Web page” too include examples of their groups activities e.g Digital Photography group to display examples of members photographs etc.

 

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AGM 2020 Review

AGM 2020

We had a very successful 2020 AGM, with about 86 members attending over 72 zoom links. it was clear that many old friends and acquaintances were pleased to see each other.

Our President, His Worshipful Mayor Councillor Terry Douris addressed the meeting and congratulated us on the numbers present, going on to extol the virtues of virtual meeting technology. He expressed surprise at the breadth and depth of the subjects covered by our groups and wished us every success when Covid-19 abates.

The Chairman, Treasurer and Groups Liaison Officer all addressed the meeting and reported on events through the year. Covid-19, finances and resuming group meetings were discussed in some detail.

The personal liability of the trustees should the Third Age Trust insurance be invalidated by the actions of members was explained as the major reason why groups would not resume meetings until government guidance allowed it. Currently Dacorum was bordering on becoming a ‘hotspot’ and extra caution was needed.

Many halls were trying to pass their legal responsibilities for effective cleaning to the hirers and we will not accept this.

The subject of paid for speakers was debated with some passion. It was explained that Monthly General Meetings were held to be different from Group Meetings. It was also held that there was no good reason for some groups to be subsidised while others were not. An example of Dance Instructors was given. It was also explained that many of the monthly speakers did so for no remuneration, and an example of a group frequently using a free speaker was given.

Efforts to lessen the workload of committee members was mentioned – the adoption of the Beacon Membership Management System and simplification of our membership fees.

It was agreed by the meeting to remove the rebate for members whose primary U3A is another U3A. This will greatly simplify the administration of charges, but more importantly it will ensure that all members are insured in meetings without the admin burden of having to frequently check on the membership status of 95 members with other U3As.

Everything can be expected to change, and we can make no assumptions about when we will be able to resume meetings or how much meetings will cost.

THE FOLLOWING TRUSTEES WERE ELECTED OR ASKED TO STAND FOR ANOTHER YEAR:

    • Chairman – Tina Howard – agreed to stay for another year.
    • Group Liaison – Alan Osborn – agreed to stay for another year.
    • Members – Jean Sniders – was elected by a majority vote.
    • Vice Chairman – Peter Bolton – was elected by a majority vote.
    • Halls – Margaret Taylor – was elected by a majority vote.
    • Beacon Admin – John Dodkins – was elected by a majority vote.

TRUSTEES CONTINUING

    • Lesley Drake – Treasurer
    • Mike Sapsard – Secretary
    • Jenny Thirlwell – Speakers
    • Terry Thirlwell – Web Admin & Equipment
    • Tim Thompson – Trustee without portfolio

If you would like to help run the U3A through these interesting times, or want to know more in any way, please contact any committee member for  a chat. We have done a lot to spread the load and make things easy for the most heavily loaded people on the committee, including adopting a new Membership Management System.

Click here to email a committee member.

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U3A Dacorum Newsletter

The August U3A Dacorum Newsletter has just been published and will be sent to all members either by email or letter.
We intend to send a Newsletter to all members as often as we have something useful to say that will fill a few pages. The attached is our first and attempts to catch the flavour of the Digest.

Newsletter Aug 2020

We will be holding a Zoom based AGM on 7th September and will send out the link beforehand.
Currently we have about twenty groups using zoom, and you can see which they are by looking at https://u3adacorum.org and clicking on ‘What’s On?’ and ‘Calendar’.
While you are there please look around and see if we have anything of interest, such as the photos submitted to the photo competition.
Hemel Hempstead is far better looking than most of us realise.
I hope you enjoy the Newsletter.
Mike Sapsard

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Web Conferencing using Zoom, Skype & Jitsi etc.

Web Conferencing

With the prospect of the Covid-19 situation continuing for a few weeks, we all need to keep in contact and try to have regular “Virtual Meetings”.

Some groups have started to use Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp and other free services for small meetings.

We now have two U3A Dacorum Zoom Accounts set up. (Zoom 1 & Zoom 2)

We have also put together a “Beginners Guide to Zoom” in an attempt to make it easier for U3A Coordinators & Members to have regular  “Scheduled” Zoom meetings.
The “Beginners Guide to Zoom” is divided into different sections:-
Using Zoom on a Desktop or Laptop,
Using Zoom on a Tablet or SmartPhone,
Using Screen Sharing,
Joining a Zoom Call for the First Time
Click this link to see the User Guide Zoom Users Guide

It is intended to assist all U3A coordinators to setup a Zoom video conference, or U3A Dacorum members to Join a Zoom meeting when invited by a Coordinator.

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eDigest 108 Spring 2020

The latest printed version of the U3A Dacorum Digest (108 Spring 2020) has just been published and sent to all current Members.

An electronic version can be viewed on the U3ADacorum web site – Documents – eDigest and select Edition 108 Spring 2020 and flip the pages.

 

 

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Coronovirus Advice

A message from The Third Age Trust

Following the confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, the Government and NHS have issued advice for members of the public. The Third Age Trust wants to share this advice with you.

Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

The UK Chief Medical Officers are advising anyone who has travelled to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days and is experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, to stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild.

More information about the virus, as well as symptoms and advice, is available to view at https://www . gov . uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public

Or on the NHS England website at: https://www . england . nhs . uk/2020/02/statement-from-nhs-england-and-nhs-improvement-on-coronavirus/

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