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U3A Christmas Concert 2017 with the Brandenburg Singers and Organ. Monday 4 December at 14.00 and 17.30, Tuesday19 December at 14.00 at the Queen’s Chapel at the Savoy

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HIGH PRIORITY SCAM WARNING From Kent Police

Dear fellow members and other visitors to our website,

I am forwarding this message at the request of Kent Police who have been in contact with me.  It is regarding a highly active scam (as of 13 October), aimed at typical U3A demographic.

Best regards,

Andrew Brookes,

Chairman Tonbridge U3A

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Sent: 13 October 2017 12:40
To: andrew@absolve.plus.com
Subject: Text – information from Kent Police.

 

“Fraudsters are trying to trick people in Kent into buying high value jewellery or withdrawing and handing over large sums of money. Don’t be fooled.

This is how they do it:

  1. A fraudster calls, pretending to be from the police. They claim your bank account has been hacked and transactions have been made, or that your bank is being investigated for fraud.
  1. They tell you either to go to a jewellers and buy high value items such as watches or to visit your bank’s local branch and withdraw as much money as you can. They tell you to say your withdrawal is to buy a new car or to pay for building work if the bank clerk asks you any questions. This prevents the bank clerk from challenging your actions.
  1. The fraudster contacts you again to arrange for the money to be collected by a courier, which they say will help with their investigation. Once your money is handed over you will never see it again.

OR

They tell you to hang up and call the police or bank to ensure the call is genuine. They stay on the line so when you redial you think you are through to the police or your bank, but you’re not. Then they tell you to withdraw a sum of money from your bank and keep it at home.

  1. They then send a taxi or courier round to collect the money, or a person pretending to be an officer wearing plain clothes.

Remember:

The police will never ask you to withdraw and hand over your money to help with an investigation. Never hand your cash or jewellery over.

If you think you have been a victim of this type of crime visit your local police station as a matter of priority or  call us on 101. If the incident is in progress, dial 999. Make any call to us on a different phone to the one the offenders have called you on.”

Stuart Shields | DC 10459

Volume Fraud Team

Kent Police Headquarters | Sutton Road | Maidstone | Kent | ME15 9BZ

10459@kent.pnn.police.uk

Protecting And Serving The People Of Kent

This email and any other accompanying document(s) contain information from Kent Police and/or Essex Police, which is confidential or privileged. The information is intended to be for the exclusive use of the individual(s) or bodies to whom it is addressed. The content, including any subsequent replies, could be disclosable if relating to a criminal investigation or civil proceedings. If you are not the intended recipient, be aware that any disclosure, copying, distribution or other use of the contents of this information is prohibited. If you have received this email in error, please notify us immediately by contacting the sender or telephoning Kent Police on 01622 690690 or Essex Police on 01245 491491, as appropriate.

U3A Christmas Concert 2017 with the Brandenburg Singers and Organ.

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Chairman’s Message

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Winchester and the Christmas Market – Thursday 30th November 2017

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Fancy a Cuppa on Friday? Next date – 15 December

A chance for just a chat and maybe to pick up information about theatre, travel and other events, drop a suggestion into the box about a new interest group you’d like someone to start up, or an offshoot group from one that’s already full.

Come alone, or arrange to meet friends there. It’s open to potential new members to find out what the U3A is about so feel free to bring a friend.

£2.50 for tea or coffee and biscuits (free drink refills!), from 10.30 am to 12 noon in the Oak Lounge at the Rose & Crown on the 3rd Friday each month.

Free parking available at the Rose & Crown.

There will be a couple of committee members at each coffee morning to welcome anyone arriving on their own. See you then.

Birdwatching – New Group commencing 11 October

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Third Age Trust (National U3A) Office Relocation

We are delighted to inform you that the Third Age Trust is likely to be moving to fully accessible offices based in Borough, Southwark, London. A rent break clause in the lease was invoked and the savings made in meeting space and dilapidation compared with the current more remote site means that the new office space provides real value for the Trust.

The proposed new premises are very close to rail, tube and bus transport serving the main London hubs. This will ensure that the NEC can be in close touch with the staff team on a regular basis by holding their sub-committee meetings on site. In addition, the larger NEC meetings will be held in a charity meeting room adjacent to the new space, again saving the cost of current hotel venue hire and most importantly, providing ready access to staff and information. The Trust is proud to finally have fully accessible office space allowing members to visit, regardless of their mobility.

The main reasons for the move were that the Bromley office was not accessible to the majority of members and that the office itself was not accessible to anyone with mobility problems.

The main considerations were firstly, the use of members’ money. It is considered that when all costs are taken into consideration, it is anticipated that there will be little difference in overall expenses mainly because of the flexibility of the new office space and its location.

Secondly, continuity of staffing in National Office. Some of the staff have worked for the Trust for several years and their experience, knowledge and dedication would take years to develop if the office were to move to another part of the country. The possibility that none of the existing staff would relocate to a new office location would have caused an unacceptable risk to the ability of the Trust to carry out its work for some considerable time. Trustees and members come and go but the office staff hold the organisation together by giving a vital daily service to members. They were therefore consulted before any steps were taken and all staff members have agreed to move to the new office. Their working environment will be much improved and the opportunity is being taken to have a thorough ‘spring clean’.

This was an operational decision taken by the Trust, which is committed to bringing the National Office closer to the membership. Trustees and National Office staff are all working for the membership in every way they can.

It is hoped that the move will take place in September/October and when further information is available, you will be notified at the earliest possible opportunity.
Pam Jones

on behalf of the National Executive Committee of the Third Age Trust.

Garden Safari July 2017

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Oberammergau Passion Play & Austrian Lake District: 15 to 21 June 2020

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Intrepid travellers of the Travel Group on their recent holiday in Italy

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What are the factors that should determine your right to retain your driving licence?”

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Britain on Film – archive films

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U3A Annual 2018 Diaries

U3A Annual 2018 Diaries are now available online from U3A (www.u3a.org.uk) at a cost of £2.50 each including shipping.

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All Saints’ Church Tudeley – polite request for advance notice

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