Following Kevin Steele's appeal for support for NHS staff, Kevin has written: Hi there, I dropped off the food and toiletries at the Emergency Department at Bournemouth Hospital this evening (with a mask and surgical gloves, and keeping my 2m distancing!). As also...
FERNDOWN U3A : CoronaVirus Update 24.03.20
Dear U3A Members
IMPORTANT – PLEASE READ
This note is going to all members of Ferndown U3A. In the current circumstances it is not possible to post letters to members not on e-mail, so if you know someone without this facility please ring them with a summary of this update.
Your Committee has made a huge effort in recent days to decide how best to keep FU3A ‘on track’ at this extremely difficult time. When we met on March 13th it seemed enough to cancel our ‘large-scale’ meetings/visits in April, in the hope that efforts to limit the national spread of the virus might still make it possible for some of our Summer Term programme to continue.
How much has changed in just 11 days…….. Now all our current activities have been cancelled, and nationally everyone is required to observe ‘social distancing’ and, whenever necessary, ‘self-isolation’.
It is entirely understandable if you feel uncertain and even a little fearful about what will happen over the coming weeks and months. We want as your Committee to do everything we can to ensure you know what is happening, and to reassure you that no-one is forgotten. If you live on your own and do not have local friends or family who can help you, please tell us (contact Glyn Bosanko at email@example.com).
We also want to encourage you to try to continue with the interests which attracted you to Ferndown U3A in the first place, and Group Leaders have already started to contact the members of their Groups with ideas for ‘alternative’ ways of approaching their subject. Some of these will involve new internet technology ( – you can’t now say you don’t have the time to get to grips with all that it offers!)
A bank of ‘good ideas for activities’ is being formed. David Keen has been quick off the mark with his weekly quizzes (with prizes!), which we know many of you are already enjoying. If you can offer to run an activity for the benefit of everyone, please contact Clare Clayton (firstname.lastname@example.org) who is co-ordinating all the suggestions we know you will be making.
Despite what feels like a very gloomy scenario in the country at large, we hope we can occasionally put a smile on your face! Keith Banks (email@example.com) will be happy to receive stories and pictures which made you laugh.
Most importantly, our planning for the 2020/21 year continues unabated. Jude Hodges will be writing to Group Leaders next week to ask them to proof-read their entry in the new Brochure. A copy will be posted to everyone in mid-May, and we will be following the usual process with applications for Groups in the new academic year. Accommodation for all our Groups has already been booked, and the Visits & Events sub-group is busy planning an exciting and entertaining programme.
As always, the FU3A website will include details of all these activities. Anne Hutton, our Web Editor, has spent a lot of time updating and re-formatting the site, so do have a look at it and send her your ideas for how it could be added to (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We will continue to use the Beacon network to communicate with you – but we will try to avoid information overload. Please contact Richard Tucker (email@example.com) if you would like him to send something out on your behalf, but please be patient if a backlog of messages means that yours has to be delayed for a day or two.
Finally, we want to encourage everyone to strictly observe Government social distancing and self-isolation requirements – for their own sake as well as for everyone else.
This will seem a long summer. But with everyone’s help we can support each other in creating informative, reassuring, interesting, and amusing material – and look forward to enthusiastically re-launching Ferndown U3A for September with an exciting new programme.
WASH YOUR HANDS / STAY AT HOME