Chair’s comments April 2018

Apologies for late postal copies – We apologize for the lateness of the March copy of the newsletter if you receive it by post. This was due to the printer not finding on his system the electronic copy sent to him. It was only when Shirley warned us she had not received them to post that we became aware of the problem.

Daphne Ellis Tribute - We are placing on our website a tribute to Daphne Ellis who left money to our U3A following her death. Thank you to Audrey Button for her recollections of Daphne and two delightful images of brass objects Audrey painted from Daphne’s collection.

Group Leaders – Thank you to the group leaders who attended the annual meeting. The presentations made are being put in a new section on our website for group leaders. Additional material will be added over time to support the role of group leader. This will include the attendance and money collection sheets that were available at the meeting.

Coffee Mornings – The cost of Northam Hall has been increased this year, to reflect that we are setting the entrance for our coffee mornings at £2. This will include both coffee and a cake.

Loop system – We are proceeding with a form of loop system that can be used in a variety of venues such as the Royal Hotel, Northam Hall and the Upper Room. It is a system where the person with hearing loss wears a pendant. We hope that it will increase the enjoyment of people at U3A events, enable some to continue groups for longer and even attract some back to groups. It will be available from late May. Dennis Pavitt will be able to explain to groups how it is used.

Data Protection – Many will be aware that regulations regarding data protection are changing in May this year. We have set up a working party to work out the best way to manage this to both protect mem-bers interests and minimize administration. Currently our U3A data is held on a secure encrypted and password protected website know as Beacon. We will produce a statement regarding our policy and practice in the next couple of months.

Geoff Williams

April 2018