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April 2020 Newsletter


Welcome to our April Newsletter. Key topic is Coronavirus. Exciting news is our new website. Important is how we keep in touch while we cannot meet. Plus committee and trip news.

Alsager U3A in the time of Coronavirus

In March we suspended all our U3A meetings to protect the safety of our members. However we did not close our U3A; some groups are keeping in touch, and a few have re-started meeting via internet. The committee are working to ensure the society can continue as far as possible remotely – by internet or phone – see section below on keeping in touch. We will follow Government and U3A Trust advice in planning future activity, and we expect social distancing to feature in such advice for much of this year.

As such we will keep you up to date with our thinking, and how best to continue with activities when the government advice allows, including continuing over the whole summer.

Coronavirus advice from the Government and U3A will be available via the new website.

New Website going live this week – please visit

We are in the process of switching to our new website

  • Same address / domain – hosted by ThenMedia
  • Brief time off air to move our domain name – could take a few days
  • All the same info – just not in the same order – think Morecombe & Wise
  • Modern layout – for computers, ipads and smart phones
  • Much easier to update and change – could be changing weekly
  • News Section with your Input – send to

Finding your way around – the new website layout – (try it out yourself)

  • The website is in the Public Domain – anyone in the world can see it!
  • All website pages have same Header Bar and Footer – easy to navigate
  • Header Bar – access to Home Page, News, Join (for membership),Info (for Committee, Groups, Calendar, Holidays & Outings, Library),Contact
  • Footer with Quick Links to other sites /and facilities: Beacon Members' Portal for access to own info, and paying on line, Beacon Admin Loginfor leaders and U3A admin access to Beacon data, Website Cloud – our U3A admin on line file store, Admin Library – our U3A Beacon users' library, National U3A website, and the U3A North West Region website

Key Features of Website / System

  • All the information and capability of previous website in modern technology
  • A basis for anyone in our U3A to contribute ideas, information, skill
  • Holiday and Trip Information
  • Email addresses for all roles – see Committee page
  • News pages for anyone / groups to use for information / communication
  • Work still in progress – to develop the potential – working with ThenMedia

Vision for the Future

  • An easy to use go to place for any information about U3A
  • All the facilities and information which is available on Monday Mornings at the Civic
  • Information about all groups – and ability to send messages to group leaders

Keeping in Touch with Members during lockdown.

Keeping in touch is a key feature of U3A, and our groups and activities and Monday mornings at the Civic gives us a marvellous platform for this. So a key committee activity has been looking at ways of keeping in touch in lockdown.

Groups are the core of the U3A, so we are encouraging groups to keep in touch with their members – and if possible to continue with joint activities – but without meeting!,

There are many computer applications for holding meetings on the internet, either voice or video. Your committee have used Zoom several times for meetings, so if you need help and advice get in touch. (Free 40 minutes sessions are available on Zoom.)

Email and the web are key elements for communication, so we have been contacting members to ensure our register is up to date.Where members do not have access to email, Royal Mail is the only alternative we use.

Getting in Touch – contact EMAIL addresses and Phone Numbers

Contact EMAIL addresses are listed on the new website, on page Info / Committee.Role-specific mail addresses – messages automatically forwarded to the appropriate person – have enabled us to create a larger list.

Spring Magazine – delayed

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, printing and distribution has been interrupted, and at the moment is on hold. We hope to put further news of its publication in the next newsletter.

Outings and Holidays suspended due to Coronavirus

Along with meetings, all planned outings and holidays were suspended in March due to the Coronavirus outbreak, and the outings team do not expect to be able to offer any more bookings before September at the earliest.

The society is very grateful to Glennis Roper and Gill Dalton for all the very hard work involved in handling this situation; as far as possible deposits for trips been returned. Regarding holidays, whilst these are the responsibility of Regent Travel, for further information please contact Glennis.

With Best Wishes to all our members
Roger Poole

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