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NORTHERN IRELAND 4th – 11th July 2021

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TONBRIDGE U3A – NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING VIA ZOOM AT 2PM ON WEDNESDAY 7 JULY 7 2021

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Wine Appreciation Group 2 Latest News

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u3a Croquet Group Latest News

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NORTHERN IRELAND, Northern Ireland, Belfast, Derry and the Titanic Experience. Sunday 4 TO 11 JULY 2021 (Revised dates)

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Paddock Wood Climate Change Group

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Beacon Has Arrived

Our U3A has adopted the Beacon membership system. It will significantly assist the membership secretary in his role, and other committee members will find it very useful.

You may receive emails from Tonbridge U3A with a footnote saying “This email was sent by Beacon on behalf of …”, these will have been generated from this new service.

We have made every effort to ensure that the data on the new system is accurate. If you find that you are suddenly getting (or not getting) the TAMs magazine, or experience any other issue caused by the move to the new system please contact the membership secretary (membership.u3aton@gmail.com).

Beacon provides the facility for group leaders (group organisers) to maintain details of their group (brief description, when and where it meets etc.). It can also allow group leaders to maintain a list of the members who attend their group.

Once a group leader is using Beacon they will be able to easily email all the members of their group (without having to remember to select the blind copy option). They will also be able to download a list of their members with details of their emergency contact details. This could be very useful for those groups that frequently go on trips.

Group Leaders may prefer to continue using their existing systems to manage their group. There is no obligation to use Beacon.

During the migration to Beacon our Privacy Policy has been updated, this now specifies that we are using a management database system to hold membership data. We have also made a number of other changes. The latest policy is available on the website, if you would like a printed copy please send a sae to the membership secretary.

The current Beacon system will help our U3A in many ways. It is to be upgraded in a year or so to provide even more facilities such as the ability for members to reserve tickets to events online. More information will be circulated when these facilities become available.

The Third Age Trust’s Beacon team have a very good website describing it’s facilities at https://beacon.u3a.org.uk/

If you would like more information about Beacon or, as a group leader, would like an account on Beacon please contact the Beacon Team at beaconsa@gmail.com

David Bell

u3a day is on Wednesday 2 June 2021

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In Touch South East u3a Member Link

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NEW U3A COMMITTEE FOR 2020-21

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New branding for u3a

A fresh look for u3a 

u3a unveiled a fresh look for the movement at the Annual General Meeting.

The bright colours, lower case font, friendly language and new imagery better reflects the energy, connection and learning of this amazing movement.

Over the last year we have embarked on many conversations with the movement in this brand process.  The u3a movement is the living embodiment of positive ageing. We hope to position the movement at the centre of the national debate around ageing.

See more information on the National website https://www.u3a.org.uk/

Monthly meetings: Now on Zoom

Wednesday

You do not need to register your interest in advance of the meeting. The
Zoom invitation will be published on the website a few days before the
date, with a link giving you access to join the meeting.

If you have any difficulty, please email u3aton.zoom@gmail.com or u3aton@gmail.com. Please supply your name and membership number.

Fancy a Cuppa? CANCELLED until further notice

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.

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