MKu3a 2021 AGM

2.00 p.m. Wednesday 24 March 2021

Via Zoom

All MKu3a members are invited to attend our AGM on Wednesday 24th March 2021. This meeting will be a virtual meeting via Zoom but there is a facility to dial in to the meeting on either your landline or mobile. Cost for this service are dependent on your contract with your supplier. All relevant AGM documents can be found in the Members area of the website including how to dial into the meeting. All voting will follow the same procedure which we successfully used for our Special General Meeting in January.



1. Apologies for absence

2. Minutes of the AGM held on Wednesday 28 March 2019

3. Annual Report and Accounts

4. Independent Examiner’s Report

5. Election of Independent Examiner

6. Appointment of Trustees

7. Date of next AGM – Wednesday 23 March 2022

The meeting will be followed by an Open Meeting at approximately 2.30pm via Zoom. Please sign into both the AGM and the Open Meeting. A reminder will be issued by Lynne nearer the date.

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Joining a Zoom meeting

During the period while group and open meetings are suspended, members are able to stay in contact using Zoom software. Instructions as to how to set up an account and join Zoom meetings are HERE

The previous updates to the membership are now lodged in Latest News.

March 2021

Dear Members,

The first signs of Spring are popping through and what a welcome sight it is. The Covid-19 vaccination programme is well under way and many of us will have had at least our first jab. Another step forward to more normal times.

MKu3a remains closed, following the Government Guidelines but plans are in place to hold our AGM on 24th March online. Access to the meeting will be the same as to any other Open Meeting but you can also join by phone. The details of how to do this will be sent by email in due course, together with other pertinent documents. These documents will also be available on our website, after you have signed in, by opening the Members Only area - AGM. At the meeting members will be able to ask questions, propose and second any decisions and cast their vote. In fact, apart from being together in the Oak Tree Centre the proceeding should be the same as other years. One added benefit is that you will be seated comfortably in your own home.

We now have a new feature in our website Diary where you can sign yourself into the Open Meetings. Once you have logged into the website, open the Diary, select the speaker you would like to hear and follow the sign in options for that event. Don’t forget to press the SUBMIT button which may be further down the page and wait for the green banner saying you have successfully signed into the meeting before you close the website. This banner should appear almost immediately but if your broadband is slow it may take a few more seconds. If all this is gobbledygook you can always ask for help.

In addition, for the AGM this sign in facility will allow you to send in your apologies by selecting the ‘I cannot Attend’ button. (This will be visible for all events but is only applicable to record apologies for the AGM) Again please SUBMIT and wait for the green banner.

There will be a change of personnel on the Committee this year as Neill Dewar, our current Secretary and Shirley Dewar, our current Groups Coordinator are stepping down as they have been working in those roles for three years. Time flies. Dave Barratt, our Webmaster, will step back from his Trusteeship as he has completed his maximum term of five years but has agreed to be co-opted back onto the committee for a further year. This will allow us to identify a member to take over the post and become familiar with the day to day running of our website.

Diana Sears, our Treasurer, Simon Wong, our Communications Officer, Fred Bass, out TVN representative, and I have all agree to remain for at least one more year. Fred will change roles and become the Secretary.

Many thanks to all the Trustees for their dedication to our organisation and especially to Neill and Shirley as they retire and have more time to enjoy the groups we have on offer.

We have received Nomination Forms from two members who have agreed to join the committee, Susan Guiver and Marie Stanley and two members, Frank Parisi and Peter Martin who will take on special projects. Our thanks go to them all for stepping up. We are still looking for further members to become part of the Groups Coordinator team or be our Thames Valley Representative, if this is something which you think might be of interest there is a nomination form in the Members Area - AGM on the website. Please contact me if you would like any information on these roles. chair@mku3a.org.

We still have a great programme of speakers for our Open Meetings. We are now holding them weekly for the time being. Many thanks once again to Dave and Lynne who deal with all the organisation of these meetings. Come and join us on a Wednesday afternoon if you haven’t already. There is help available if you are a novice with Zoom. The numbers attending are going up week on week and you will be most welcome.

Several enquiries have bee received from members about the CoP, Confirmation of Payee scheme and related queries concerning setting up a Bank Transfer (BACS) to pay membership subscriptions. We have investigated the queries with our bank – Metro, and the result of our investigation can be seen below,

Setting Up A New Bank Transfer and CoP (Confirmation of Payee)

Our MKu3a bank account is held with the Metro Bank. When you set up a bank transfer in favour of MKu3a for the first time, you may receive an alert from your bank, likely to be ‘Not possible to check the name’.

With the implementation of the CoP (Confirmation of Payee) – an account name checking process aims to reduce the incidences of accidentally misdirected payments – a bank may alert their client that they can’t check the name of the Payee’s account (in this case, MKU3A). This is because Metro Bank has not signed up to the CoP service (hence the alert message). However, one can still proceed with payment, provided the Account number and sort code are correct. Please double check these. Other members have successfully set up bank transfers for their MKu3a renewals.

Further detail s(taken from Pay.UK website),  can be found by clicking the following link


Best wishes to you all and stay safe

Lesley on behalf of the Trustees.


 Milton Keynes u3a

If this is your first visit to MKU3A, welcome!   We hope you will return regularly. There is a wealth of information on the site

What is The u3a?
The word University is used in its original sense of people coming together to share and pursue learning in all its forms. There are over 1000 local U3As, all individually registered charities. They are all members of the Third Age Trust which is their national support and advisory body in the UK. The current strap line that sums up our objectives is "LEARN, LIVE and LAUGH"

U3As are autonomous, self-help organisations run by the voluntary efforts of their members. They are self-managed lifelong learning co-operatives for people who are retired or have time to pursue their interests or leisure activities with others. Opportunities are provided for members to share learning experiences in a wide range of interest groups and to pursue learning for fun, not for qualifications. There is much more information on the U3A National Website including member benefits and group resources. To get the best from that site you will need to set up an account with a username and password.

The charitable aims of MKU3A are:

  • The advancement of education and, in particular, the education of older people who are retired from full time work, by all means, including associated activities conducive to the learning and personal development in Milton Keynes and its surrounding locality.

To view the U3A National Vision and Mission Statement please click here
To View the Principles of the U3A Movement please click here

The Wordle below will give you a first feel of the range of activities in the MKU3A.  For more detail please go to the Interest Groups Page from the main menu.