West Wolds U3A Cycling and Coronavirus
As of Friday 12th June a message from the Chair of West Wolds U3A has expressly closed down activity by this group.
Please see the attached letter which is subject to appeal by this group’s convenor.
12th June 2020
Dear Group Convenor,
As you are probably aware our government has begun to relax some of the lockdown rules and will continue to do so over the next weeks & months and will be keeping us advised of who can now meet up with others not in their household.
Unfortunately, our age group is not within the current relaxed rules when it comes to meeting others outside of our households either inside buildings or in close proximity, outdoors.
As your Committee we have a responsibility for the health and safety of our membership, and therefore we would ask that you do not hold groups or meetings which involve meeting face to face with any of our members.
Therefore, we are asking that you do not begin to meet within your groups, no matter how small the number of participants, and no matter where, including outdoors.
You may have heard that the Town Council have decided NOT to re-open its doors to the general public until at least the end of July, but will then review the situation based on government advice at that time, but they may be closed for longer.
However, this does not mean that we, West Wolds U3A will be able to restart our individual groups or General Meetings in the hall or in any other space when the hall reopens.
We do hope you understand that we are asking you to do this to ensure we are all safe and well and that none of our membership is put at risk of catching CoVid19.
We look forward to meeting up with you all when “we are allowed out to play” again and send all best wishes to you at this difficult time.
Linda Brighton, Chairman, West Wolds U3A
Our Appeal is centred on what we would say is a misinterpretation of HMG’s regulations which up until now have been seen as allowing …….
From 1st June 2020 Cycling and walking with social distancing for up to 6 in the group is permitted.
To maintain social distancing we may split a group of 6 where necessary, i.e. to ride safely with gapping and to facilitate ease of safe passing by other road users.
When things return to normal ……………………….
How to join the West Wolds U3A cycling group
Come to the next meeting and make yourself known to one of the Greeters. He or she will explain what the U3A is about and introduce you to a member of the cycling group.
The cycling group is there for you to enjoy a leisurely ride locally and, on occasions, journey further for a day out.
All riders are expected to ride with safety in mind, wear a helmet and an appropriate “high vis” jacket, top garment or a reflective sash. We use lights when appropriate.
Cycle Group rides are currently coordinated by Gordon Jennings. Please call 01673 844222 / 07948881121 or click email@example.com to go on the regular mailing list.
Friday Rides are planned to be of 3 and 4 hours duration, with a comfort break at mid point. Rides are a mixture of distance v terrain, depending on weather and other factors. They normally start at 10am and are led by an identified member of the cycling group.
Wednesday Rides are local to Market Rasen meeting at 10am on the Jamerson Bridge in Market Rasen. They are easier (10 mph) local rides, lasting from 1 to 3 hours, with a comfort break and refreshments.
“Over the Hill” are local bike rides which offer a more energetic route for those who don’t mind a few hills. Rides are arranged ad-hoc without clashing with the regular Friday rides. To be put on the mailing list for these rides, click to tell Gary (Group Lead).
Until further notice there is no planned cycling events by this U3A group. Please contact Gordon by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are looking to be put in contact other current/former members of the group.
For Information Only …..
Gordon Jennings rides on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Angela Murtagh rides most days
Gary Beighton makes several more adventurous rides through the week