The Courthouse and grounds look stunning thanks to the work of Ken Bagley, Michael Meredith, Trevor Thwaites and Bill Woods. Lawns are mown, gardens are weeded and mulched and edges are trimmed. Rebecca Doig and her Courthouse Volunteers have cleaned inside the building as well as the toilets, so ………. We are ready!
With the 80% vaccination mark quickly approaching (anticipated to be from 6pm Friday 29th October) we can resume face-to-face classes on Wednesday 3 November pending the final go-ahead from the Shire. Given that density limits may have an impact, Course Leaders may need to do some planning. We are also conscious that some may still feel a little uncertain about gathering again. So, your Committee is leaving it up to each Course Leader to specify the exact commencement date for each course but it would be good to have as many courses as possible up and running by Monday 8 November.
Limits on numbers in venues will provide a challenge for some courses at this stage. Until further notice the maximum numbers, using the 1:4 ratio, are as follows:
Guidelines for entry
The following guidelines for any member entering a class must be followed:
While it is easy to believe that Healesville has been relatively untouched by Covid, we are a tourist destination and weekends will be busy. It will be good to have some of the old energy back in Healesville – our shop keepers cannot wait. But it does increase the risk of Covid.
With this in mind, and as we reopen classes, the primary concern of your Committee is the well-being and safety of all U3A members. We ask that each of us be similarly concerned for the well-being of all members. The best way to do this is by following health directions and supporting each other. We know that further easing of restrictions is planned and that in all likelihood we have not yet reached the peak in Covid numbers. So, we must be patient and careful.
If members need support in downloading their Covid vaccination certificate please contact our Secretary, Rebecca Doig, who can offer help. If the need is there we may be able to run a small workshop on how to do this.
I look forward to seeing you as we return to the U3A. It has been a while. We will hold two ‘Friday at 5’ events this term. While the dates are yet to be finally confirmed we are looking at Friday 26 November and Friday 17 December when the Theatre Group, and possibly string groups, are planning some entertainment. These dates will be confirmed after our next Committee meeting on 16 November.
As always, take care and stay safe.
John Pascoe (President)