Beacon for Group Leaders

We are keen to make the best possible use of the Beacon system which is currently serving us well for management of the membership database and Finance. The next step is to make increased use of its facilities for groups management – managing membership information, communications, publicising group activities on the web and recording financial transactions. Group Leaders are encouraged to look at the potential for using Beacon for their group. John Trimble is available to offer advice and encouragement and he has produced the attached guidance which gives an introduction to the system. John’s email address is

Beacon Groups


Digital Devices Survey 2015

Are you getting everything you expected from your latest high-tech phone or tablet? Are you master of your laptop or desktop computer? Or …

  • In a muddle with your Hudl?
  • Having to grapple with your Apple?
  • Not very ‘appy with your apps?

Don’t let it get you down! We can all feel guilty and stupid when we can’t manage to do what others appear to find easy. But everyone has encountered difficulties and frustrations trying to make new technologies work as we hoped and were led to believe it might.

Upper Bann U3A wants to help you master your fears and phobias through a combination of utilising outside expertise and tapping into the experience that we already have within our group.
We have had a generous offer from O2 in Banbridge to give free lessons to small groups in the use of these devices. To establish how this would work best we have created a short survey on the reputable Survey Monkey web site.

We invite everyone who uses or plans to use digital devices, even those who feel they need no help, to complete this survey to establish the usefulness of this exercise and likely uptake before 18th December.

To take the survey please click on this link: UpperBann U3A Survey

If you’re willing to assist others by sharing basic “How to” skills you could contact John Trimble at telling him your area of “expertise” i.e. on iPad, Android phone, Windows laptop or whatever. You don’t have to be a guru or nerd to help.

Membership Application Form and Gift Aid Declaration

The membership renewal form has recently been updated and members are encouraged to complete this with a Gift Aid declaration to allow Upper Bann U3A to reclaim 25% of their subscription from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs – HMRC.

Download (PDF, 164KB)

To qualify for Gift Aid the donor must:

  • have paid at least as much in Income Tax or Capital Gains Tax in that tax year as the amount claimed in Gift Aid
  • make a Gift Aid declaration (as in the above membership application form) that gives Upper Bann U3A permission to claim it