Monday, 21 June 2021

Henley U3A

THE Henley branch of the University of the Third Age held its 32nd annual meeting at

THE Henley branch of the University of the Third Age held its 32nd annual meeting at the YMCA hall on April 13.

Almost 50 members attended what was a lively meeting with active participation from the floor.

The new committee was elected with Charles Whittaker taking over as chairman and Mike Pugsley as honorary treasurer in addition to the existing members who were voted in en bloc.

The chairman reported that the branch continues to thrive and, while a couple of groups had closed, new ones had opened. The monthly talks continued to be well attended.

He thanked the committee, group leaders and others for their efforts.

He then presented a bouquet of flowers to Melba Pitt, one of the earliest members of the branch, in recognition of her contributions to Henley U3A, having served as chairman and run groups over the years.

Group leaders gave an outline of their activities over the past year, including topics such as art, books, French, walking, music appreciation, film, jazz and creative  writing.

Caroline Bowder also introduced a proposed poetry group which she would organise jointly with Lisa McDonald.

After the meeting the members debated the future development of Henley U3A.

A number of suggestions was made, such as a history of art and play reading. Help had also been offered by a Lancashire branch on the subject of recruitment of new members.

One suggestion was that there should be a publicity officer and Catherine Notaras kindly volunteered to take on this role.

The chairman thanked members for their ideas and said that the committee would follow up on them during the coming year.

If you would like to know more about the Henley U3A or how to become a member, please call Lesley Holmes on (01491) 573940 or visit

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