Recycling Spectacles

Recycling Spectacles

Many of you have donated your unwanted old specs to a charity via member Terry Moult. Terry informs me that unfortunately the charity can no longer pass them on. However Specsavers and other opticians do accept unwanted pairs, broken or otherwise, so please recycle this way.

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Driving Licence Renewal

Driving Licence
Christine Vincent would like to share her recent experience and advises us to check our licence expiry dates (otherwise time in Wormwood Scrubs beckons….). She writes:

Just a thought! Whilst rummaging through my persnal effects I realised my driving licence had expired…….2 years ago. This was a shock to me and I was ashamed! However several of my friends have also had the same experience, including those who are really on the ball. I think the problem is that we have no reminder that we need to send off for another one. As no reminders go out to folk around our age do you think a mention in the Hucknall u3a newsletter would be in order?

And here is a useful link: Information can be found here:

David Rose

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Message from the Chair

New Year Greetings!
Looking back to 2020, as in most of the world, the COVID-19 pandemic dominated events in the UK during this year.
As early as the 31st January COVID-19 was in the UK: The first two cases of infection with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2, then known as 2019-nCoV) in the United Kingdom were confirmed.

In February Storm Dennis initiates record number of flood warnings and February records the highest monthly rainfall in the UK since records began in 1862. The old adage ‘It never rains but it pours’ seems to sum up the rest of the year.

In March, as the number of British cases start to rapidly rise the government holds COBRA meetings to discuss its preparations and response to the Covid outbreak. March was our last live monthly u3a meeting and so we moved through various levels of lockdown and travel restrictions to where we are now.

On 23rd December a new highly infectious strain is confirmed to be present in London and the East of England leading to Tier 4 restrictions. However the good news is that we should celebrate the science that has led to the production of Covid vaccines in record time. The widespread community transmission which has been partly curtailed by the various levels of lockdown restrictions should start to be lower as more people receive the vaccine. Herd immunity will require a majority of the population to be vaccinated which requires a high level of public trust not misinformation (there is plenty of that on social media).

The first vaccine was introduced by British physician, Edward Jenner, who in 1796 used the cowpox virus (vaccinia) to confer protection against smallpox, a related virus, in humans. Since then vaccines have saved millions of lives.

Optimistically we could see restrictions lifted as soon as a significant proportion of the population, especially the elderly and high risk people have received the vaccination. We may then be able to resume our meetings and activities once more.

The good news today was the approval of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine which can be stored in a normal fridge which makes it much easier to distribute. Conversely we also heard that we have been promoted to Tier4. Hopefully this will be a period of short term pain for a long term gain.

Finally thank you all for:
– your patience and understanding throughout this most unusual of times
-for taking part in Zoom meetings and events
-and outside groups of 6 events
-keeping in touch with each other by phone, text and WhatsApp mini groups
-all contributors to the newsletter

And thanks to:
-Group Leaders
-members of the committee and social sub committee
-Lynda Jackson for designing the Christmas card and the cycle group for delivering
-Geoff Daft from the Methodist Church for continuing to print the newsletter
-Barrie Saunders and Mark Jackson for distributing the newsletter with me
-Steve Lawrence for continuing to produce a quality newsletter for all of us

Happy New Year

David Rose Chairman

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Tiers Summary

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Covid-19 Vaccine Scam

Fraudsters are taking advantage of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout through a cruel but convincing text in an attempt to steal people’s personal and financial details. The text contains a link that leads to a very believable but bogus NHS website with an application form to register to take the vaccine.

A member got in touch today when they received a text message purporting to be from the NHS. It confusingly stated that “we have identified that your are eligible to apply for your vaccine” and advised him to follow a link to get more information and ‘apply’:

This URL(in blue) takes you through to an extremely convincing fake NHS website that asks for your personal details, but the member became suspicious when it asked for his bank/card details in order to ‘check his identity’. It was then that he began spotting spelling mistakes on the site and in the SMS itself e.g. ‘your are’ which are classic signs of a phishing scam.

Remain vigilant of coronavirus scams

We know that criminals will use the confusion and urgency around the pandemic as a way to target potential victims. With the recent approval of multiple vaccines in the UK, these types of scam attempts are likely to continue as fraudsters look to take advantage of the rollout to so many people.

Cold calls regarding the vaccine are also beginning to take place – I’ve already had reports of scammers asking people to pay for it over the phone. If you receive one of these calls, hang up. If you think you may have handed over your card details to scammers, let your bank know what’s happened immediately.

David Rose

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