Notes from the Committee

The Committee met via Zoom on Wednesday January 5th, 2022 at 10.00 am.
Apologies for absence were received from Sandra Green
Gary and Tina Holmes attended as observers.
The minutes of the December meeting were agreed as a true record.
Siobhan the Groups Coordinator said most of the groups were meeting regularly and a new group ‘Flower Arranging’ had been set up to start on February 7th. Further details are in this newsletter and on the Hucknall u3a website.
The December events were reviewed: The successful Christmas Lunch organised by the Social Subcommittee received positive feedback from members and the Christmas film was enjoyed by 61 members.
Angela relayed information from our website hosts that an update was required and we agreed that she should go ahead with this.
Christine led us through the previously circulated financial summaries for the month ending 31st December and clarified by responding to questions from the committee.
Melvyn is planning a short course event around financial planning for the older generation.
Greg updated on membership and is planning to produce the renewal forms to go out to the membership this month.
Mark has prepared the nomination forms for prospective committee members ready for the AGM in April.
Finally with the background of increasing Covid cases there was a discussion about meetings in January and a review of the current risk assessment.
The advice from the u3a Trust is:
The starting point for all advice to u3as is that at all times you must follow the advice given by the government. In addition you must ensure that a risk assessment is undertaken before commencing any u3a group activity.
They add: that Interest Group meetings are at the discretion of the group leader and group members.
It was agreed to amend our policy to include the wearing of masks at all times (apart from eating or drinking) during inside meetings this month when it will be reviewed again.
By a majority vote it was agreed that the monthly meeting will go ahead as planned on January 12th, 2022 and that group meetings to continue at the discretion of the group leader and group members.
The meeting closed at 11.05 am

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Message from the Chair – January 2022

Once more we are approaching the end of an eventful year with some optimism for the situation gradually changing in 2022. Between September and December we are very pleased to report that most of our groups were up and running again.

For their continued support throughout this challenging year I would like to thank members, committee members, social committee members, group leaders, their assistants, Steve Lawrence for producing the newsletter and Graham Daft for printing it. The fact that our u3a has ended 2021 in such good shape is entirely due to you all and we cannot express our gratitude enough.

On a cheerful note it was lovely to see ours and all the other Christmas Trees and Christmas Wreaths displayed in the church in December.

The Christmas Lunch was enjoyed by 105 members who were well spaced out in the Portland Room at the John Godber Centre. It was good to hear live music thanks to Paul Haigh and his string quartet and the diners were also entertained by a raffle and Terry’s (new) book of jokes.

The Christmas film was also enjoyed by 61 members and at both events generous donations were collected towards the defibrillator fund. The amount raised so far in total for the defibrillator is £630,

Member Linda Baker took on a personal challenge of a sponsored walk to raise money towards the fund and raised an amazing £105. Much appreciated and very well done Linda.

With all the increasing infections around at the moment, we hope that you are keeping safe and well. At the time of writing we may need to revisit the current infection rate situation and possible further guidance as we move into the January. The committee are meeting via Zoom on the 5th January and will keep you informed on any decisions and developments.
On behalf of the committee, we would like to wish you and yours a very Happy, Healthy and peaceful New Year.

David Rose Chairman

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Short Walks

This month the walk is on Thursday January 20th, 2022.
Meet at Titchfield Park car park near the junction with Caddaw Avenue at 9.45 for a 10am start. If the car park is busy there is ample parking nearby on Park Drive.

The walk is approximately 4 miles and visits Bulwell Hall before proceeding to Bestwood Lakes Country Park and returns through Butlers Hill. We will take a short break at the Forge Mill (fairly new) tea rooms for a drink stop. Bring your own or buy one at the cafe.

David Rose

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Scams – some light relief

This month we will look at two of the strangest scams of 2021
It’s been a turbulent year in the pandemic, with the recent rise of the Omicron variant turning the tide of earlier optimism into one of concern about our Christmas and New Year festive plans. Even as we were enjoying the relative freedoms of summer – with some people even jetting off on holiday – fraudsters didn’t take a single day off.

But for every sophisticated scheme spun by scammers, there are the more preposterous attempts which are capable of raising a smile – even in these worrying times. Read on to see some of the strangest enticements, from caves stuffed with ‘gold and crystals’ to random windfalls from Hollywood actors.

1. How about this for an optimistic Spam email
This is a creative variation of the classic ‘Nigerian Prince’ scam which promises fabulous riches, if only you stump up a small fee to ‘release’ your windfall. It’s the ‘let me know if you are interested’ that really makes it.

2. The 007 impostor

Can someone please forward this to Daniel Craig. I thought he should see , someone is running a scam with his name

It looks like Daniel Craig has found his post-Bond calling as the unlikely star of this ludicrous scam attempt. As with the Iraqi cave of gold above, this is likely another ‘advance fee’ fraud, which aims to con you out of an upfront payment and probably your personal details too. In this case, the fraudsters are employing the common trick of using a celebrity’s reputation to seem more credible – though arguably it has the opposite effect here.

Let’s keep vigilant in 2022 and remember: Never share your personal details with anyone if you can’t confirm they are who they say they are.

David Rose

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Pub Quiz

Our second Pub Quiz in two years was on December 13th, 2021 and had a distinctive Christmas theme when, once again, 26 of us met at the newly refurbished Nabb Inn.

Sadly, due to the current Covid situation we feel it is better to postpone our Pub Quiz visit for at least January. So please check your diaries and cancel this event for 10th January. But please give our January Quiz a try; answers next month.

Here are the answers to the December quiz.
1.Which form of clean ‘transport’ do Norwegians hide away somewhere in the house on Christmas – Brooms (in order to keep the witches away)
2.Who wrote each of the following words?
a. “It was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge” Charles Dickens
b. “Maybe Christmas” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store” Dr. Seus
3.What kind of animal delivers gifts at Christmas in Syria? Camel (one of the wise men’s camels)
4.On which three feast ‘days’ do Americans consume the most food? Christmas Day, Thanksgiving Day and Superbowl Sunday
5.Plus or minus one year, when did Queen Elizebeth II deliver her first ‘televised Christmas message to the nation’? 1957
6.In which European country do malicious creatures called Kallikantzaroi get up to mischief around Christmas? Greece
7.Which percentage of Americans don’t celebrate Christmas at all? a. circa 4 %
8.Who composed the music for the festive season ballet ‘The Nutcracker’? Tchaikovsky
9.Plus or minus one year, how long does it take a Scotch Pine Christmas tree to reach a typical retail height of 6 to 7 feet? 7 years
10.Which two figures deliver gifts in Russia during the festive season? Little snowflake (Snegurochka) and Grandfather Frost (Dedushka Moroz).

And here’s your January Quiz: we did use this quiz at The Nabb Inn on 13th December so apologies to those who have seen it before.

1. According to an old wives’ tale, bread baked on which day will never go mouldy?
2. Which beloved, quiet little man passed away on Christmas Day 1977?
3. In which European country does a kindly witch named La Befana deliver children’s Christmas presents?
4. What are the first 2 lines of the Christmas song ‘Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow’?
5. In an old nursery rhyme, who “sat in the corner eating his Christmas pie”?
6. Which former Hollywood child star once said “I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked me for my autograph.”
7. What kind of ‘bread’ is traditional at German Christmas markets?
8. Which chart-topping Christmas song from Bony M was originally recorded by Harry Belafonte in 1956?
9. The communist dictatorship of which European country came to a bloody end on Christmas Day 1989?
10. Which critically acclaimed film about King Henry II takes place over the Christmas holidays in the year 1183?
11. The name Santa Claus evolved from Sinter Klass, a nickname for Saint Nicholas. What language is Sinter Klaas?
12. Plus or minus 3 years, in which year did Barbie first appear under the Christmas tree?
13. What did Harry Potter get as a Christmas present during his first semester at Hogwarts?
14. Where does the Danish version of Santa Claus live throughout the year?
15. Which US ‘First Lady’ wrote the book ‘Christmas 1940’?
16. In which country is Santa Claus known as ‘Julemanden’? a. Denmark b. Austria c. Poland d. Germany
17. The name of which toy, popular since Christmas 1929, translated means “come-come” or “come-back”?
18. The words “God and sinners reconciled” are from which Christmas carol?
19. The name for which traditional festive season accessory is derived from the Anglo-Saxon words for “dung on a twig”?
20. Which mind boggling and very frustrating device, named after its inventor, was one of the best-selling Christmas gifts of 1980?
21. US President and staunch conservationist Theodore Roosevelt banned what in the White House?
22. Which electronic device in an egg-shaped container was the best-selling Christmas toy for children and adults alike in the year 1997?
23. Although she was secretly expecting a necklace, what does the disappointed wife played by Emma Thompson in the film ‘Love Actually’ get from her husband for Christmas?
24. Which Christmas carol was sung by soldiers on both sides of the trenches during the Christmas Eve ceasefire of 1914?

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