AGM Cancelled

WEST WILTS U3A ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

 NOTICE OF CANCELLATION

Having just listened to the latest government briefing about the covid-19 virus, and due to the age distribution of our membership, it has been decided to postpone the AGM planned for Wednesday 18 March.

Although most members will have access to this email, a significant number do not. Those who receive this email are therefor asked to spread this message to those who may not receive it.

For those who had planned to renew their membership at the door before the meeting members of the committee will be available at the door between 01:30 to 02:30 pm.  to explain the situation to anyone who does not receive this message and to accept membership renewals as appropriate

Otherwise members are requested to renew either by bank transfer or cheque. Bank account details are available on the membership renewal form.

The AGM will be rescheduled once the present crisis is resolved and official information allows. Meanwhile, the existing committee members will remain in office.

As for individual groups, some venues have already been closed and others will probably follow. The decision whether or not to hold meetings will be a matter for the groups to decide. However, all group leaders are asked to keep both the Treasurer and Groups’ coordinator informed so that we do not incur expenses for halls that are not used.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Stay healthy !

Glyn Evans
Chairman

 

Coronavirus Advice – An Update

The Committee have been asked by the Third Age Trust to disseminate the following information to our members:

Please find enclosed updated advice from Healthwatch – the NHS consumer watchdog.

What’s the risk of catching coronavirus in the UK?

The NHS and Public Health England are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.

The UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate. But the risk to individuals remains low. If you have arrived back to the UK from mainland China and other specified areas, follow the advice for returning travellers.

How is coronavirus spread?

Like the common cold, coronavirus (also known as Covid-19) infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. You can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if you do not wash your hands.

The risk of being in close contact with a person with coronavirus or contaminated surfaces in very low at the moment, as members of the public who have visited Wuhan, Hubei province, China are currently in isolation.

Symptoms of coronavirus
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
·         a cough
·         a high temperature
·         shortness of breath

When to call 111

Based on the scientific advice of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) the UK Chief Medical Officers are advising anyone who has travelled to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days and is experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, to stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild.

Do not go to a GP surgery or hospital. Call 111, stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people.

How to avoid catching or spreading germs?

Do:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
  • Put used tissues in the bin straight away.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

Don’t:

  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

Coronavirus

CORONAVIRUS

Following the confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, the Government and NHS have issued advice for members of the public. The Third Age Trust want to share this advice and have asked for the information to be disseminated to our members.

The Government and NHS have issued advice for members of the public following the confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK.

Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

The UK Chief Medical Officers are advising anyone who has travelled to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days and is experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, to stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild.

More information about the virus, as well as symptoms and advice, is available to view at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus- information-for-the-public

Or on the NHS England website at:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/2020/02/statement-from-nhs-england-and-nhs- improvement-on-coronavirus/