Important Coronavirus Information for Members of Poole U3A

A message from Val Ingram, Chairman of Poole U3A

Following the advice from the Government yesterday, which indicated that all “unnecessary social contact“ should stop, all Poole U3A classes and activities including trips, walks, talks and classes meeting outside term time must cease immediately.

The classes for the Summer Term will not start in April and we will contact all members with an update when we feel able to re-commence classes.

The Open Day on 3 June at The Eco Hub will hopefully take place in October, if the venue is available and the situation has improved.

Stay safe and stay in contact with each other by phone, email or Facebook etc.

17 March 2020 

A message from Rory MacKay, Hon. Treasurer of Poole U3A, re Subscription Refunds

The current class cancellations which we have had to impose raise the question of refunds of member subscriptions. Your committee is actively considering how to deal fairly with this issue.

Poole U3A, as a not-for-profit charity, carefully sets membership subscriptions for each academic year at a level which is intended to cover costs. When costs unexpectedly fall, as they will now do because we will not be hiring class venues for the foreseeable future, the guiding principle must be that the savings are passed back to our members.

In saying this, it should be borne in mind that our overheads will not be reduced. We will still have to pay for affiliation to the Third Age Trust ( the U3A national umbrella body), for the insurance cover that goes with it, and for rental & other costs of our office in The Spire.

The other major consideration to bear in mind is that there is no way of knowing how long the current shut-down will last. It appears very likely that it will be in force at least until the end of the summer term, but an extension beyond that cannot be ruled out.

Given this level of uncertainty, the policy which Poole U3A is considering is that next year's membership fee will be reduced to reflect the savings up to the point at which U3A activities resume. For continuing members, that may well take the form of a rebate on next year's subscription. For those members who do not wish to continue, a cash refund will be given.

If you have any questions about this, please address them to me.

Rory MacKay

01202 692478
Honorary Treasurer
23 March 2020

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