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U3A Trips – non members Attention Group Co-ordinators

I am sure you are all doing this anyway but the committee have asked me to re-iterate that non-members and children are not allowed on any trips. (Including walks)

Non-members can attend a group as a taster before joining but this does not apply to trips.

The insurers thinking on this is that the risk from trips is far higher that that from a static group hence their ruling.

If a non-member wants to go on a trip then they will have to join. £15 is not much for a whole year.

Membership cards

From September your membership cards will be emailed to you, or if you do not have access to email a copy will be posted to you.

Note that the email option is preferred!

If you can print this then you can cut out the membership card, or you can save it to your mobile phone.

Here is the image of the card

Membership card

Buckingham & Stowe Times

In 1571 a family by the name of Temple moved into Stowe, just a couple of miles from Buckingham where they were to remain for the next 350 years. During that time; they built a magnificent, world-famous, house and garden, became one of the most powerful and wealthy families in the land and changed their name to Temple-Grenville.

Following an initiative from the Buckingham and District U3A, a unique collaboration has taken place between a small group of U3A members and the Stowe House Preservation Trust to produce this short booklet, “The Buckingham and Stowe Times”. The booklet tells of the close association that existed between the town and the aristocrats at the great house.

Described by readers as “an enjoyable and enlightening read”, the publication shows that, even though the Temple-Grenville family no longer lives at Stowe, their legacy continues to influence the shape and landscape of this lovely market town. It describes the many important buildings, including amongst others, the Old Gaol, the Old Town Hall and the Parish church, which were built by the Temple-Grenvilles and continue today to decorate Buckingham. It also describes the close connections between the town and the family in the past; how they controlled the politics of the borough and employed much of the population of the town.

The booklet has been distributed free of charge to local schools, Buckingham library and other local bodies. Copies can be purchased from the Old Gaol bookshop or at Stowe House for £2.00.

We found it very interesting! Derek Morgan – Webmaster


On-Line security Be aware.

  • This is a excerpt from an article in an on-line newsletter that I subscribe to.
  • Don’t open up Word documents you weren’t expecting. So often in these targeted attacks, the attacker uses a Word document attached to an email as an entry point. Modern versions of Outlook are no longer vulnerable in the preview pane, but opening up a document you were not anticipating should never be the first thing you do. I often tell people at ransomware presentations I give that, to the best of my knowledge, I know of no malicious software that goes after both Windows platforms and phone platforms at the same time.Thus if you are ever in doubt over opening an email attachment, take the phone out of your pocket and launch the potentially unknown file on your phone, and not on your computer.
    If you have as I hope you do have a spam checker on your PC, save the attachment and scan it.
  • Don’t follow links to unknown places Often in these targeted attacks an email will come in enticing the use to click on a link. In the Grizzly Steppe attacks, malicious web pages that were inserted pretending to be Outlook Web access web sites and were used to harvest credentials. I often see emails coming into my inbox indicating that my apple iTunes need to be reset, my Google credentials are no good, or my email access has been limited until I enter in my user name and password. Here’s a rule of thumb: Whenever you get such an email, stop and think if it makes sense to receive it.
  • Watch for targeted emails The Grizzly Steppe attacks used several techniques to target, among them social engineering: sending emails with unique subject lines and attachments that would be enticing to the person that the emails were sent to.
  • Protect other people If you are sending emails to lots of people use the BCC (Blind copy) so that you don’t reveal those email addresses to everybody!