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As I write this column it seems likely that – with some restrictions – we may be able to hold some meetings in late June, and that by September things may be returning to some degree of normality. We’ll keep convenors fully updated on how changes in regulations affect our u3a groups, so please keep in contact with the convenor of every group you belong to. What we do know for certain is that any changes directly affecting our meetings will not come into force until after 21 June.
Last year, National Office postponed the planned National u3a Day to 2 June 2021. The timing is to make it part of National Volunteering Week, so you may see some coverage of it in the media. As a committee we have decided not to organise anything locally for then. Instead we’re planning to focus our publicity efforts later in the year, probably including an open morning, which will be an opportunity to reinvigorate our u3a and celebrate our local groups and events.
For historical reasons, our u3a membership year runs from 1 May to 30 April and during this current year what a unique and, at times, distressing set of circumstances we have had to face! We delayed our last AGM (2020) from May until August – so it may come as a surprise to find that it’s already time for the next one. You will all have received a copy of the accounts and reports. I do hope that you will join us virtually to show your support for our organisation. However, please email me or Nic (Treasurer) if you have questions or comments, but are unable to attend. The business part of the morning, which is quite short, will be followed by a contrasting presentation: an online magic show! John Batt