Chairman’s Notes – April 2019

Hello Everyone,

At our Monday meeting in March, we were fortunate to have the talented pupils from the Endowed Schools to give us another of their wonderful concerts, (see review inside). We sincerely thank the music department and the eight young people who performed for us under the guidance of their music director Mr Duncan McIllrae who introduced them in turn.

Although they were somewhat nervous to start with, our prolonged applause was a just reward. This is the fourth time that the schools have performed for us, and it has become the best attended event of the year. We had over 200 members and guests come this time. As the pupils all claimed to have had an enjoyable time, they have promised that they will return in March next year, hopefully with more students as their numbers were depleted this time by various illnesses.

The initiative for asking them to come originally was due to the good offices of Val Harvey. Thank you Val.

We have only recently discovered that our scheduled speaker for today, Robin Dunseath has sadly passed away. At our meeting last October, he stepped in at the last moment when we had a no show by the booked speaker. With ten minutes to go, Robin took to the stage to give us an impromptu talk on his trip across the world with three disabled people. With no notes, it turned out to have been one of the most entertaining of talks that we have had.

Fortunately, we were able to ask Jane Barnes if she could come today as she had been to the Welland U3A meeting recently with her excellent talk. We are grateful to her for helping out at short notice.

We still need two people to help with the coffee at these Monday meetings if anyone can offer their services. We could then operate a rota system. We have a plan to use the church “Well” for coffee after May, as this will eliminate carrying everything up the stairs to the top lounge and make coffee accessible for all.

Our new members meeting was held on Friday 22nd March at the Arts Centre for the many new people who have joined in recent months. We had a very good turn out of new members who were able to meet some of our group leaders. This is the second of these coffee mornings, last year being the re-start of what was once a regular fixture. Also the new History group had their set up meeting on the 27th March with the result that future meetings will be on the third Thursday of the month at 10:30 am in the main room at Barn Hill. If anyone wishes to join this new group, do come on the Thursday 18th April. Please let us know beforehand if you can. All other groups are up and running now, so we wish them continued success with new people joining.

Finally, we hope that you like the colour layout of this newsletter bearing the official U3A logo, which is recognised worldwide. Thank you for coming today and best wishes to all.

Michael Crowe