Chairman’s report May 2014

Mai Chatham and Jean Pearson
Mai Chatham and Jean Pearson

What a wonderful talk we’ve enjoyed this afternoon by Mai Chatham about the Chernobyl Children’s Project. Mai provided lots of interesting information about the aftermath of that terrible disaster and the National Charity supporting the sufferers. She took questions and clearly many of our members have also been involved in supporting this Charity. Peter Gibson gave the vote of thanks and members’ donations to the charity were quite considerable. Mai was extremely grateful.

Our meeting had started with a slideshow about the July Let’s Go trip to the Bowes Museum and at the end of our meeting Ernie Rogan provided further information, with great enthusiasm, about this trip.

Diane Collins provided samples of English and Spanish bluebells in order to correct some false information which had been provided at last month’s meeting. We also put further information about this on the notice board.

Also on the notice board was a poster advertising the open art studios event in Todmorden this coming weekend. We all now know that Nick Littlewood is opening his studio and we all now know where he lives! Nick can expect many U3A Tod members to visit his home and see his exhibition, I think!

Last Saturday I attended the Mayor’s Day at Tod Town Hall on behalf of U3A Tod and the new Mayor – Councillor Michael Gill – confirmed to me that he will be joining our meeting in July.

Next month it will be our AGM and, if you are on our mailing list, you will be receiving all the paperwork associated with it along with this letter. Anne Foster – our Secretary – is providing the calling papers including the agenda, information about the Committee together with a nominations form. I thanked Joan Sutcliffe and Jo Higgins for all their work this year in sending out our regular monthly news but this month there will be these extra sheets to send to you.

If you are on email you will receive this information directly from Anne.

Our next meeting, which will include the AGM, takes place on Thursday, 19th June, 2014 when our guest speaker will be Kathryn Ogden with her talk entitled ‘A Venetian Experience’ – (Life in La Serenissima). We will not have a bookstall on that day.

Gail Allaby – our Groups Co-ordinator – gave an update on recent developments including a proposed trip to see a Vulcan bomber (organized by Ernie Rogan) and that information about online scams is available from Age UK. Gail has also put this information and contact details on our Facebook page. Now on that page we have a wonderful photograph – taken by Ann Beard – of our Walking Group in action and looks like they’re having lots of fun.

Sincerely – Jean