|We have had a couple of calls into the advice line regarding U3As who have experienced financial related scams.
One of these involved a degree of sophistication whereby the email seemingly came from a hotel where the U3A was due to hold an event resulting in the U3A making their payment to a fraudulent account. Another U3A received an email via its website also requesting a payment which they did not make.
Please be vigilant in respect of any requests for payment that come via email and double check that these have been sent from the appropriate source before making any payments.
Tonbridge U3A Website: Over a period of time we have had a number of reports of problems with logging in or forced logouts. We seem to be able to nail this down. First step when it comes to not being able to login is to contact Web Admin and check your login details work and the web team can log you in.
If you login and then then get forced off, it may be because your browser has a saved login for the site, and the password has been changed. You may need to delete the saved passwords.
For help to do this if your browser is Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari,Opera: click on How to Remove a Saved Password from a Browser : TechWeb …
For help if your browser is MS Edge, click here
Don’t forget, the best way to get a problem fixed starts with an email to Web Admin.
You will see that we are, of necessity, having a recruitment drive. You will find in this month’s Diary there is a formal appeal. We now have around 1280 members and it is vital we have our full complement of committee members, and we are stretched to breaking point at the moment. We are making it easier and more enjoyable than ever to be a volunteer without committing more time than you want. Please help by volunteering for something, if you are physically able, and help to keep our wonderful institution continuing. Once again of course I would like to thank the faithful band of volunteers we already have for their continuing work on behalf of the committee and membership as a whole.
Meanwhile there is a lot of planning going on by the Events Team and others, details in this or subsequent Diaries. There is the Group Organisers’ Lunch, an annual event which the committee hosts to show our gratitude to the group organisers for all their hard work in running the groups (the lifeblood of our U3A, as of every U3A). Social events include a vintage film & afternoon tea in April, a summer picnic (still at planning stage) and a Hallowe’en Supper & Quiz. There will be study days, talks and workshops (on Quilting, Art History, the Spanish Civil War and a WW1 exhibition). And of course the AGM and the Open Day take a lot of planning. A full programme which we hope you will find interesting.
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.
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.
on behalf of the National Executive Committee of the Third Age Trust.