Christmas meeting: Acting Chairman’s report

What a splendid afternoon – full of interest and excitement.

We gave our thanks to Alison Greenwood and all the refreshment volunteers for a special start to our meeting. We also thanked Anne Crane for arranging all our guest speakers from January to November this year – what a wide-ranging and interesting set of topics we’ve enjoyed.

The Punch and Judy Show was fascinating because Maurice introduced us to all the characters in a traditional Victorian Show which have evolved since the time of the early Greeks – and Judy gave us a brief history of the development and changes of the themes in more recent times and although very few Punch and Judy Shows remain by the seaside a recent development has been an increase in popularity at Students’ Unions in Universities.

Peter Carrigan gave our vote of thanks.

The Christmas Quiz was introduced by Myrna Beet who gave her thanks to members of our U3A Tod Quiz Group who had compiled the Quiz for us this year. It was challenging and very interesting because it was based upon our senses! I didn’t get the names of all the members of the winning team – they scored 26 out of a possible 30 points – well done. The exciting prize was a huge box of chocolates and the winning team opened them and shared them with all of us – thank you.

Our next meeting takes place at 2 pm on Thursday, 15th January, 2015 when our guest speaker will be Paulo Marini – Project Developer and Systems Designer – the topic being ‘Open Farm Technologies – Aquaponics’.

Best wishes at Christmas and for the New Year
Jean – Acting Chairman