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The Committee of Ilkeston u3a have taken the decision, to cancel ALL future meetings of Ilkeston u3a, with immediate effect.

NO meetings, group activities or social events in any shape or form should be held in the name of Ilkeston u3a until further notice.

The Committee of Ilkeston u3a will continue to follow the government and NHS advice on coronavirus. As of March 16th that advice has changed.

Although to date, no direct communication has been received from the Third Age Trust, this is the basis for the current information on the TAT website.

The advice is that from now on everyone should stop non-essential contact with others and adopt social distancing. People in ‘at risk groups’ are to be shielded from social contact for 12 weeks.  Those who should take particular care to minimise social contact are, among others, people over the age of 70.

No one can predict how long these measures will be in place, but only when it is deemed to be safe to continue socialising, taking into consideration the advice of the government and NHS, will the activities of Ilkeston u3a start again.

Each and every one of us is well aware of the danger Coronavirus is to our health and well-being and so, I urge all members to be vigilant and take care of yourselves and loved ones.

Remember, it is much better to be safe than sorry.  We may think some of the measures seem extreme and isolation is not a happy prospect for all of us, but the alternative is, by far, much worse.

Please bear in mind, we can all help each other to minimise the feeling of isolation, by keeping in contact by phone, txt, email and social media.

The Committee will try to keep all members updated with the latest developments that affect Ilkeston u3a, and if you do have an email address please let the Committee know so we can get information regarding Ilkeston U3A and the current situation to you, much quicker.

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any further questions or queries.

Please take care, keep safe and well.

Kind regards

Ann Riley

On behalf of the 2020/2021 Committee of Ilkeston U3A.

Welcome to Ilkeston University of the Third Age which is part of the National u3a network overseen by the Third Age Trust. We are a self-funded, self-managed charity which provides a range of educational, recreational and social activities at minimal cost for mainly older people who are retired or in part-time employment (although there is no lower age limit).

u3a’s ethos is that members share their skills and life experiences: the learners teach and the teachers learn, and there is no distinction between them.

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