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Scheduled Meetings

Meetings to go ahead

We have a couple of meetings scheduled in the coming weeks which are not affected by the delayed opening up after lockdown.

Group Convenors – Thursday 24th June 10am. Please let Paul Ettridge know if you can attend or not (groupcoordinator@westwoldsu3a.org)

July General Meeting – Thursday 8th July 10.30. You need to book this meeting if you wish to attend because numbers are limited. Booking arrangements will be coming out next week.

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June Newsletter

The June newsletter is here…

You can access the newsletter from this post or from the email the majority of our members will receive by the 16th June 2021.

If you haven’t told us your email address or if it has changed… to avoid missing out send your updated email details to membership@westwoldsu3a.org.

If you would like to make comment on this newsletter or submit an article for the next issue then please send details to newsletter@westwoldsu3a.org by Friday 2nd July 2021.

We would really like to hear from you during this lockdown period.

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Banda Aceh – After The Wave

This morning our speaker Jim Holmes presented us with a photographic account of the effects of the 2004 tsunami on Banda Aceh, which took the full force of the wave.

Jim has been a professional freelance photographer for 35 years working across the world depicting humanitarian projects run by Oxfam, the United Nations (UNICEF, WHO etc), Save The Children and many other organisations.

The 2004 tsunami was the largest natural disaster in modern times and a quarter of a million people died, which was the largest loss of life outside of world wars. It was no wonder then that Jim was commissioned by UNICEF to document the emergency phase of the relief effort as well as the recovery, and he was there on and off for 4 years.

The photographs chosen showed not only the effects on property and landscape but also the local residents mucking in to rebuild their homes and livelihoods in conjunction with outside agencies.

The human toll can be imagined but Jim did not make this a feature of his talk, but instead gave us a realistic idea of how our donations to these large humanitarian agencies  are used.

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Thursday’s Speaker Invitation

On Thursday 10th June our Speaker will be Jim Holmes, a freelance photographer documenting humanitarian work worldwide, in conjunction with international non-government organisations and charities that manage projects worldwide.

Aceh, After the Wave.

December 2004 saw a massive undersea earthquake send a wave of water over 20 Metres high rushing towards the Sumatran coast, in western Indonesia. Jim was assigned to document the disaster and the massive unfolding relief effort, returning many times over the next 10 years. His dramatic images were used worldwide by Oxfam, the UN and other agencies to illustrate the disaster, the need and the successes of the intervention that saved countless lives.

Here are the details to join this Zoom event:

Topic: ‘After The Wave’ Photographic Presentation.
Time: Jun 10, 2021 10:30 AM London

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85823645680?pwd=dXQySkRGSm1qSGJHZnYwdU85d3dOQT09

Meeting ID: 858 2364 5680
Passcode: 228952

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Our Facebook Page

We now have our very own Facebook page.

Click here to visit, Like and make comment…

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June Speaker Zoom Link

On 10th June our Speaker will be Jim Holmes, a freelance photographer documenting humanitarian work worldwide, in conjunction with international non-government organisations and charities that manage projects worldwide.

Aceh, After the Wave.

December 2004 saw a massive undersea earthquake send a wave of water over 20 Metres high rushing towards the Sumatran coast, in western Indonesia. Jim was assigned to document the disaster and the massive unfolding relief effort, returning many times over the next 10 years. His dramatic images were used worldwide by Oxfam, the UN and other agencies to illustrate the disaster, the need and the successes of the intervention that saved countless lives.

Here are the details to join this Zoom event:

Topic: ‘After The Wave’ Photographic Presentation.
Time: Jun 10, 2021 10:30 AM London

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85823645680?pwd=dXQySkRGSm1qSGJHZnYwdU85d3dOQT09

Meeting ID: 858 2364 5680
Passcode: 228952

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CALLNG ALL QUIZZERS- BUT BE QUICK!

Louth u3a have kindly invited us to join them and other u3a’s in the region for a quiz night on Wednesday 2nd June (yes, this Wednesday!) at 7pm via Zoom.

This event will be for fun and answers self marked by participants; there will be no requirement to reveal your final score.  The link to join is below

Topic: Louth U3A  Special U3A Day Quiz

Time: Jun 2, 2021 07:00 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87222233699?pwd=WTFRS2VKZWlWKzJJRFJCNW9rUERJQT09

Meeting ID: 872 2223 3699

Passcode: 274200

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HELP REQUIRED ONCE A MONTH

In preparation for re-opening our Monthly General Meetings, we require someone to help with keeping the Noticeboards relevant and interesting, and stock check the u3a on-site cupboard occasionally.

We would also like help to set up and pack away the equipment needed (PA system, screen etc). It does not take long when there are more than one pair of hands, and help could be offered to either set up, or pack away.

Is this something you can help us with?

West Wolds u3a relies upon members ‘doing their bit’ to ensure we function effectively and all help is welcomed and appreciated.

Please let me know if you could lend a hand by clicking on this link: secretary@westwoldsu3a.org

Thank you.

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May Newsletter

The May newsletter is here…

You can access the newsletter from this post or from the email the majority of our members will receive by the 19th May 2021.

If you haven’t told us your email address or if it has changed… to avoid missing out send your updated email details to membership@westwoldsu3a.org.

If you would like to make comment on this newsletter or submit an article for the next issue then please send details to newsletter@westwoldsu3a.org by Friday 4th June 2021.

We would really like to hear from you during this lockdown period.

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June Speaker Jim Holmes ‘Aceh – After The Wave’

On 10th June our Speaker will be Jim Holmes, a freelance photographer documenting humanitarian work worldwide, in conjunction with international non-government organisations and charities that manage projects worldwide.

Aceh, After the Wave.

December 2004 saw a massive undersea earthquake send a wave of water over 20 Metres high rushing towards the Sumatran coast, in western Indonesia. Jim was assigned to document the disaster and the massive unfolding relief effort, returning many times over the next 10 years. His dramatic images were used worldwide by Oxfam, the UN and other agencies to illustrate the disaster, the need and the successes of the intervention that saved countless lives.

(Apologies for posting an incorrect speaker previously)

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Sign Up for a Free IAM Driving Session

Following yesterday’s presentation by IAM Roadsmart, members who would like to take up the opportunity of a free taster can sign up online here: https://www.iamroadsmart.com/groups/lincolnshire/our-courses/tasterdrive

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Review of our May Speaker

Roger Hicks & Ashley Behan of IAM Roadsmart gave us an illustrated talk on preparing to enter the world of heavier traffic now that lockdown is easing.

Covering topics such as checking you and your car are ready to resume driving, to the principles of advanced driving, spotting hazards, little-known driving laws and a couple of acronyms to help us remember their tips (POWDERY and OAP) this was a timely reminder of how to drive safely in an increasingly busy post-lockdown world.

POWDERY – Petrol, Oil, Water, Defects, Electrics, Rubber, You

OAP – Observation, Anticipation, Planning

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Your Membership Number

You may have noticed recently that your Membership Number has been included in some of our  communications and wondered why.

When renewal time comes around in September, our Treasurer Terry would like as many of our members as possible to pay via Bank Transfer because our local Lloyds Bank has closed. In order to recognise your payment we need an identifier and this is where the Membership Number plays its part as you will be asked to enter that as the ‘Reference’.

Paying by cheque will remain an option for those without online banking, and help and advice will be available to help you set up an online payment if required.  Please make a note of your Membership Number for future reference.

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May Speaker – Institute of Advanced Motorists

Our May Speakers are the Institute of Advanced Motorists Lincolnshire presenting DRIVING POST LOCKDOWN

Getting back behind the wheel with heavier traffic will require a bit more caution not least because the majority of drivers will be out of practice. IAM RoadSmart’s 40 minute presentation will focus on the following key issues.

  • Are you ready for the return to the road?
  • Is your car ready for the return to the road?
  • Are other drivers, cyclists or pedestrians ready for the heavier traffic?
  • Observer, Anticipate and Plan, the key to safe motoring.
  • Hints and Tips

Here is the link:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82983194464?pwd=SnhtRXRzZEpqTXlYTy9oVkVQWHA1Zz09

Meeting ID: 829 8319 4464
Passcode: 728186

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Computer Assistance Online

In partnership with the Barclays Digital Eagles team, the National Trust will be delivering programmes to boost u3a members’ confidence online.

The first sessions for u3a members were completed last week and were well attended with over 200 participants across the five days of workshops. We have now reviewed the feedback with the trainers and identified the workshops that were most popular and beneficial to the membership and arranged further dates as follows:

Book via the link – https://www.u3a.org.uk/events/online-events/barclays-digital-eagles  or you can click on the sessions in below.

Internet Basics
Wednesday 5th May 10:00-11:30 or
Wednesday 5th May 13:30-15:00 or
Thursday 13th May 10:00-11:30

This session has been designed to cover some internet basics: Broadband, browsers and search engines, top tips for searching for something on the internet, setting up an email, connecting to a Zoom call, connecting to the internet (iOS and Android), (we also have content which covers different versions of windows for laptops if required)

 Digital Safety

Thursday 6th May 10:00 -11:30 or
Thursday 6th May 13:30-15:00 or
Friday 14th May 10:00-11:30 or
Friday 14th May 13:30-15:30

How to stay safe while using your digital devices. This includes identifying common fraud and scams, making sure your passwords are strong enough, what to look out for and understanding how you can protect yourself.

Entertainment online

Friday 7th May 10:00-11:30 or
Friday 7th May 13:30-15:00 or
Thursday 13th 13:30-15:00

An engaging session focusing on how to maximise the potential of using your digital device to keep you entertained. From downloading apps, to virtual tours and social media, finding more ways to bring some entertainment into your home.

An Introduction to Digital Wings

Wednesday 12th May 10:00-11:30 or
Wednesday 12th May 13:30-15:00

For those who are looking to improve their digital skills further, whether you’re a beginner or more advanced this session will introduce you to our free learning platform Digital Wings. We will give you a tour and show you some ways to get the best from the site so you can continue your learning at the right time and pace to suit you. This session will not cover previous topics but is a session to recap and answer questions for attendees from the previous sessions.

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