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Crime Fiction goes interstate — even in lockdown
Jennifer Short’s Crime Fiction group is going to attend a book launch at Geelong Library for Jock Serong’s new book! It is in the evening and they all have to drink a cocktail, eat nibbles and wear fancy clothes!!
It is amazing what can be done with Zoom under lockdown. Congrats to our facilitators who are thinking ‘outside the square’.
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Special Meeting/Afternoon Tea
A Special Meeting with an afternoon tea was promoted in our Term 3 newsletter. It was planned to be held in October or November.
The COVID-19 pandemic is rife in Victoria and threatening to break out in NSW.
Consequently, following government and health authorities recommendations and guidelines, the Bathurst U3A committee have decided to cancel the Special Morning Tea.
Items that were to be discussed at the special meeting will be held over until the next AGM.
The committee regret in having to make this decision. They are well aware of the important role that the Bathurst U3A plays in the lives of the over 50’s. The committee are also well aware of the extra risk involved with this demographic.
The committee hope that you keep safe and are managing the current situation as well as you can.
COVID 19 Safety Plan
For our facilitators, we have a COVID-19 safety plan for download.
When will the Bathurst U3A restart face-to-face classes?
The Bathurst U3A Committee recently convened a meeting to discuss the re-opening of face-to-face classes under the threat of COVID-19.
After much discussion, it was agreed that:
- under the current circumstances,
- with an ‘at-risk’ membership age group, and
- with current government and health regulatory bodies guidelines, instructions, and strong recommendations,
the Bathurst U3A will not be re-starting face-to-face classes in and during Term 3. Classes which are currently running via zoom, email, facebook, and similar technologies will still be able to continue their classes in non face-to-face mode.
The Bathurst U3A Committee is aware of the important function and service we provide to many members of the Bathurst and surrounding communities. The NSW Government’s direction is to avoid all non-essential travel and social gatherings, and the committee felt that it would have contravened the government directions to restart face-to-face classes at this time.
The committee will restart classes as soon as it is deemed safe to do so. Regarding Term 4, a notification will be issued later in the year.
The Recorder classes facilitated by Kay Campbell have also been continuing via Zoom. Video-conferencing is not ideal for musical groups, but in Kay’s words: “We have one who has accompaniment with the pieces we play, we tap out our own audio & video, & each play our own part without hearing the others but can hear the recorded accompaniment.
Not ideal but at least it makes us pick up our instrument & practice.”
Latest news from the Australian Association of U3A
The latest newsletter of the U3AAA with news around the country can be downloaded here.
Precautions should take place to help prevent the spread of the disease:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water.
The government has issued, via their seniors website, a fact sheet for older Australians. It is well worth a read.