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Bye-bye Fiona

Fiona Bowling is leaving the Panthers. She has been an enormous help for the Bathurst U3A with the organisation of the many classes that Bathurst Panthers kindly allows to be held there. We presented her with some lovely flowers at our recent committee meeting (our first face-to-face for many months!).

Interview on 2MCE-FM

Sally Fulton was recently interviewed on 2MCE-FM on the Bathurst U3A in general, and the opening of classes in Term 4 under COVID-safe guidelines in particular. You may hear the interview here.

Bonsai Buddies at the Bathurst Garden Spectacular Expo

For 2020, the usual Garden Spectacular run by the Bathurst Garden Club was replaced by an Expo, at Berry Park. Dianna Baillie’s Bonsai Buddies group held a very successful display, providing excellent publicity for the Bathurst U3A and Bonsais in general.

Even though the weather was very inclement, the Bonsai Buddies were inundated with interested visitors and residents. See the photos below for the wonderful work that the Bonsai Buddies have achieved in their class.

The Bonsai Buddies would like to thank all their partners who provided support, from making stands to helping set up and dismantle the display.

Christmas Party

The Christmas Party for 2020 will be held on the 2nd December at 12 for 12:30pm. The venue is the Skyline Room of the Bathurst Panthers Club. The cost is $40 which includes your meal, your first drink, and a lucky door prize. For more information, see our flyer.

Some dates for 2021

12 Jan: Facilitators meeting
13 Jan: Enrolment Day (10am – noon)
28 Jan: Members lunch
1 Feb: Term 1 commences
24 March: AGM

Classes have restarted

However, we need to STAY SAFE from COVID-19, so we all need to follow some basic safety requirements:

  • Each indoor class will have no more than 20 participants, plus the facilitator and assistant(s).
  • The room used in an indoor venue will be large enough to allow 4 square metres per person.
  • Participants will maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from each other.  Masks will be used if you cannot maintain this distance.
  • Hand sanitiser will be used at the beginning and end of each class.
  • If equipment is shared, it will be cleaned with antibacterial wipes or antibacterial spray, between uses.
  • Tables, if used, will be cleaned with antibacterial wipes before and after use.  For large areas, antibacterial spray may be used.
  • Masks, hand sanitiser, antibacterial wipes, antibacterial spray and disposable gloves will be provided by U3A.
  • Food and drink will not be shared.
  • PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND CLASS IF YOU ARE UNWELL, IF YOU HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH SOMEONE WHO MAY HAVE COVID-19, OR IF YOU HAVE ATTENDED A COVID-19 HOTSPOT IN THE LAST 14 DAYS.

Some safety requirements may be managed by the venue:

  • Hygiene in toilet areas will be maintained.
  • High use objects or areas, such as handrails, counters or chairs, will be sanitised often.

Your facilitator will maintain a checklist to ensure that safety requirements are being observed. Your facilitator will also maintain a contact tracing form, with each member’s (and the facilitator’s) phone number or address noted at each attendance, with arrival and departure times noted, to allow for timely contact tracing, if necessary. NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE.

Please note that Marie O’Donnell’s “Singing for Pleasure” and Rhonda Hodges’ “Everything Craft” groups are no longer running.  If this affects you, you may like to enrol in another class. 

Please advise your facilitator if you do not intend continuing in Term 4.  Your facilitator will advise you of any changes to your venue.

Andrew Wells (Phone: 0419229930, email: acw2905@bigpond.com ) and Allison Aspden (email: ajaspden@westnet.com.au ) are available for any assistance you may need.  Please contact them with any questions you have.

Newsletter Term 4

The Term 4 newsletter has been published, and may be downloaded here. Also of interest is the information on our Christmas Lunch on December 2nd. Information on our courses for Term 4 can be found on our courses page.

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’.

COVID 19 Safety Plan

For our facilitators, we have a COVID-19 safety plan for download.

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