Being the end of the year I thought it was a good opportunity for the monthly group report to mention the changes in group leaders.
Firstly I’ll mention those who after many years of leading a group have decided to give up their leadership:
Dee Ellershaw who led the Philosophy Group for several years gave up this year as group numbers were dwindling.
Derek Sutton, leader of the Chess Group for many years, had a small but enthusiastic group of players but lack of U3A members wanting to join the group led to its closure.
Patricia Meades due to ill health had to give up leading the Scrabble Group, which she had done since the very early days of our U3A. We were lucky that Dina Bott came forward to take over from her.
Molly Mapes who led the Badminton Group for about 7 years will be moving away from the area. Fortunately Roland Halls has taken over the mantle so the group continues.
Ann Pennington-Legh who has run both the Poetry Reading & the Play Reading Groups for 15 &11 years respectively (what a commitment!) has decided to give up being a group leader and this month is to be her last. Both these groups are extremely popular but when this magazine went to press regrettably no leaders had come forward – both of these groups will be a great loss. Can anyone help?
Although not a group leader sadly Joan Risley died. She was a mainstay of the Line Dancing Group and is missed by all her knew her. On the positive side Ivan & Ann Rickett moved into Burnham and now lead the dancing; Sandra Mills still remains as group leader. Another sad loss was Alan Saywood who ran Digital Photography but Peter Finch has taken over so the group continues.
Then there are our new leaders and new groups. Dina, Roland and Peter I have already mentioned the others are: Mary Hyde (Garden Views); Frances Harris (Book Lovers); Terry Quinlan (Visiting Essex Gardens); Beth Greaves (Historical London Visits); Sue Skinner (Short Tennis); Geoff Charge (Pétanque); Terry Quinlan (Film Club); Jill Taylor (Understanding Music); and Greta Mills (Family History).
As you see there have been a lot of changes and many new groups formed. Group leaders are essential to the U3A and so, if you are reading this at the Christmas Party, or even if you are not, I suggest that glasses be raised to toast ALL the group leaders and that you show your appreciation of their work with three cheers and a round of applause.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you all