Sidcup and District U3A
Membership Renewal for 2020

It’s time to renew your membership of Sidcup U3A for 2020. A copy of the form is attached to this Newsletter. The cost of membership has risen to £18 for the coming year (to cover rising costs) but still remains good value.
Ø We are asking that forms be returned to us at the December meeting or sent to the following address: Membership Secretary, 55 Lamorbey Close, Sidcup, DA15 8BA.
Ø Please make cheques payable to Sidcup U3A and date them for 31st December 2019.
Ø If you would like your membership card and booklet posted back to you, please enclose an A5 (21x15 cm) S.A.E. with your form.
Ø If you are planning to pay by cash at the December meeting, please could you have the correct money as it is difficult for us to have sufficient change available.
If you know of anyone not at today’s meeting who you could pass a form on to please take an extra copy of the Newsletter for them.

If your membership form is received by 31st December we can have your membership card ready for collection at the January meeting (or posted back to you if you have supplied us with a S.A.E).

Please note that, if you belong to a group, you will be required to produce your card as proof of membership to your group leader at the February group meeting. Thank you.

Carolyn & Lynn, Membership Secretaries

U3A Day 2020

The U3A has announced the very first national U3A Day; it will take place on 3rd June 2020. U3As across the country will be invited to mark the day by celebrating and showcasing what happens in their U3A. Regional Trustee, Sue Stokes, a member of the Communications and External Affairs Committee said, “We are so excited that from now on, every year, there will be a day dedicated to learning, staying active and having fun in your third age (retired, semi-retired or no longer bringing up a family). We hope this day becomes not just an opportunity for U3A members to showcase some of the amazing things they do, but a way to challenge negative perceptions of older adults and a chance to invite other Third Agers in the community to learn about the contribution U3A makes to the quality of life for retired people.” More information is available on the Third Age website.


Webmaster Job Vacancy

Having created Sidcup & District’s website in 2007 and maintained it ever since, I have decided to step down from my position as Webmaster with effect from 31st January. Anyone who might be interested in taking over from me should contact me at their earliest convenience as there is quite a lot to learn about maintaining a website. You will also be building one from scratch because it can be hosted more cheaply on a completely different platform to the one I have been using. It should really go without saying that you must have a computer with internet connection and be well-versed in its use. An artistic flair might be helpful, too, as I consider my own abilities in this field to be rather poor. Have a look at our website to verify this and to check out the sort of information it provides. The Third Age Trust’s “Site Builder” page is on and contains instructions (on the “Find Out More” button) on how to build and maintain a website. I think I can say this job will be a nice challenge for the right person.

Since I am continuing in my job as Newsletter Editor, the new Webmaster and I would need
to work out how we process the information and reports that come in. If nobody comes forward, however, our website will soon become out of date and will close next August. This will affect our ability to attract new members.

David Smith