Happy New Year to all our members. Let us hope that 2021 will be a good year for us all.
The u3a movement is a unique and exciting organisation which provides, through its groups, life-enhancing and life-changing opportunities. Retired and semi-retired people of any age come together, socialise together and learn together, not for qualifications but for its own reward: the sheer joy of discovery!
And have FUN at the same time!
|As of 7 January 2021, Action Fraud had received 57 reports from members of the public who have been sent text messages claiming to be from the NHS, offering them the opportunity to sign up for coronavirus vaccinations. The texts ask the recipient to click on a link which takes them to an online form where they are prompted to input personal and financial details. In some cases the online form has looked very similar to the real NHS website.|
Pauline Smith, Head of Action Fraud, said:
“Remember, the vaccine is only available on the NHS and is free of charge. The NHS will never ask you for details about your bank account or to pay for the vaccine. If you receive an email, text message or phone call purporting to be from the NHS and you are asked to provide financial details, this is a scam.”
How to protect yourself:
In the UK, coronavirus vaccinations will only be available via the National Health Services of England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. You can be contacted by the NHS, your employer, a local GP surgery or pharmacy, to receive your vaccination. Remember, the vaccinations are free of charge and you will not be asked for a payment.
The NHS will never: ask for your bank account or card details ask for your PIN or banking passwords arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine ask for documentation to prove your identity, such as a passport or utility bills
If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726, which is free of charge.
If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.
The Community Centre is open but allowing only restricted numbers so it is not possible for us to resume our monthly meetings at that venue.
Tuesday 15th December, I have just come out of our monthly meeting at which our guest speaker was Catherine Jones – From Guns to Roses. This was a thoroughly entertaining talk on her life from school, through Army service to becoming a Romantic novelist. We have recorded the talk it can be viewed here, it is approximately 1 hour.
Some groups are meeting using zoom and our Chairman hosts a weekly Tea in the Afternoon when his calendar permits!
Please do not forget to keep checking the website and look at the posts on our closed Facebook page if you are able to. If this is not possible but you would like a chat please call
Pam – 01993 844631
Kathy – 01993 771051
Or Mike – 07889080134
Take care and stay safe
You may be interested in a Virtual U3A group, their website is here
How To Join Us
Our monthly meetings are normally held on the 4th Tuesday of the month.
The venue is the Carterton Community Centre, the time is 2.00 pm. Take a look on the left-hand side for details of our next guest speaker. Pop in to see us and have a look at the all the outings and activities we have available.
During the current Covid-19 situation we are now meeting on Zoom.
Our membership secretary can be reached by using the contact form