12 January 2022

What’s on next week


Term starts Monday 17 January

 

Wednesday 19 JanuaryWednesday Lecture entitled The origins of Cambridge will be given by Quinton Carroll.

New items


U3AC Treasurer

U3AC is looking for a new Treasurer from amongst its members. The new person would take over from March 2023 or earlier. This long notice means there will be time for the new incumbent to shadow the role for several months or longer so that they are fully inducted by the time they take over. Ideally a prospective Treasurer would join the Council at the next AGM (March 2022) and commence shadowing within a few months.

What does the role involve? There is no day-to-day bookkeeping as a professional bookkeeper does all the regular receipts and payments work, including payroll, and the office manager looks after gift aid claims. The annual financial accounts are prepared by professional accountants. There is no corporation tax or VAT to deal with. The Treasurer’s main role is to draw up the annual budget, assisted by the finance committee, and recommend the level of subscriptions required for the coming year. The finance system is on QuickBooks and there is software within the system to assist budget setting. The Treasurer also reports quarterly budget figures versus actuals and again there is software within the system to produce this report. The time commitment is variable but no more than one day a month on average – less over the summer.

If anyone wants to know more about the role please email Margaret Kerry on treasurer@u3ac.org.uk for an informal conversation.

Message from the Chairman

With the new term starting next week and the Omicron variant still in circulation, we need to continue to observe sensible precautions. Last term, we had a number of members withdraw from courses due to concerns about others not wearing masks. While the general level of mask wearing in the wider community may be reducing, our demographic cohort has particular reason to be careful. Ultimately, we have a collective responsibility for protecting ourselves and fellow members. So, regardless of your personal view of the risk, please continue to wear a face covering when moving around the building and in classrooms. If for no other reason than as a courtesy to our tireless staff who are in the building continually, five days a week.

In classrooms, please open the windows, unless the weather makes it impractical, and use the air conditioning to keep air circulating within the room.

If you are coming into Bridge Street, please take a lateral flow test once a week before attending your class. These are available free of charge from https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests

Needless to say (but I’ll say it anyway, for emphasis) please do not come in if you have even the mildest signs of covid, have cold symptoms or are unwell. Many of our members are vulnerable to infection, so we would appreciate your co-operation. In the event that you are unfortunate enough to catch Covid and have recently attended a U3AC course, please contact the U3AC Office staff.

The guidance notes can be found on our website https://www.u3ac.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Covid-guidance-8.9.21.pdf

Tim Ewbank

Reminders


Environment group

For information on the group https://www.u3ac.org.uk/social/xtra-groups/environment-group/ or contact the Chair, Leslie Miller-Bernal: environmentu3ac@gmail.com

Other organisations

U3AC supports other local organisations by listing their online activities on the Other Organisations page of our website https://www.u3ac.org.uk/social/other-organisations/

Amazon

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