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M&L-U3A COVID-19 UPDATE

COVID-19 AND OUR U3A - UPDATED - 4th JANUARY 2021.
NATIONAL LOCKDOWN

Following the Governments decision to introduce a new National Lockdown from midnight tonight, unfortunately ALL U3A Outdoor Activities will, once again, close until further notice.



FURTHER INFORMATION & ADVICE

Whilst many of us may have initially felt that the limitation imposed on us as a result of Covid-19 would only last for a short time, it is clear its impact on us all is going to be for a much longer period and that we will need to work collaboratively and supportively to help keep our U3A going.

As previously suggested below, we would encourage all members to use, where possible, other methods of communicating within their group(s).

POSSIBLE OPTIONS - FOR ALL GROUPS
Whilst restrictions remain in place for all groups, we would encourage all members to consider (as there are a number of groups that might benefit) meeting within their activity groups using new(ish) video technologies such as WhatsApp, Skype or Zoom - our Computer Group remain available to help if necessary. As we also have a licenced Zoom account we can provide online meeting facilities to members.

This system has been successfully used by Committee and also the Law For Fun group have now successfully met five times (the next presentation being scheduled for 21 January) with interesting topics discussed. We have also re-introduced our 'Friday Quiz Night' (see the website for further details). We are extemely grateful to those members who regularly post on the website and would encourage more people to do so, thank you.


AGM(Update - Charity Commission report now available)
As previously posted on the website, our AGM remains in abeyance. We will not reconvene the AGM until such time as we can all safely come back together, but we will keep this decision under review, as we may be forced to reconvene online. A major topic of our AGM concerns our finances. To that end we have had our accounts successfully audited, Committee is extremely grateful to Sefton CVS who provided this vital service to us during these very difficult times.

Although we will not be holding our AGM, a detailed written report together with our Independent Examiner’s report, has been presented to the Charity Commission (a legal requirement), this is now available to view on the Charity Commission website.


COMMITTEE
As ever, Committee continue to work in the background to discuss and manage issues as they arise, remotely. Should you wish to raise any questions please do not hesitate to contact us by email at: mandlu3a@gmail.com

The Committee would like to thank everyone for their continued patience and support during these very difficult times. As we continue to endeavour to ensure the safety of all of our Members, we would like to assure you that we will attempt to open up various activities only when we feel that it is safe to do so.


Thank you,
Maghull and Lydiate U3A – Committee.


Regitered Charity Number: 1116576 (England & Wales)