South Solihull U3A
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Monday 8th May 2017
We belong to a friendly U3A with many interest groups and excellent speakers at our monthly core meetings held at Bentley Heath Community Centre on the 2nd Monday of each month. We currently have 170 members and run 27 Interest Groups including: Singing (we now have a joint co-ordinator Russell Webb with Barry Wake), Philosophy (2), Play Reading (2), Local History (2), Theatre (2), Canasta, Curry Club, Sunday Group, Scrabble, Film, Science, Book Group (3) French, Family History, Gardening, Art Appreciation, Racket Ball, Bridge and Walking. In addition to our Interest Groups we have held celebrations, been informed and enjoyed one another’s company.
In June, we celebrated our Queen’s 90th Birthday with afternoon tea, a quiz, play readers in costume and songs from our singing group.
In July, we had a wonderful talk from Laura Clay on Wine – sadly without samples! At our August meeting, we had our usual relaxed afternoon with a Quiz and afternoon tea. It was most enjoyable and gave us an opportunity to enjoy each other’s company. Our piece de resistance in 2016 was our local MP interrupting her very busy schedule to come and talk to us in September. Caroline Spelman gave us a very interesting talk and then conducted a “no holds barred” Q&A session from members.
October saw a presentation from our Interest Group Coordinators who talked about the activities and visits they had organised and their plans for the future. In November, we had a fascinating talk from Professor Doug Sharp on Art Fraud. It was quite frightening to hear about the number of forgeries around the art world. Also, and very interestingly, most fraudsters get caught out by greed! December was our Christmas party with enthusiastic participation by our members solving Christmas Carol puzzles and singing from our choral group able supported by all members.
Those of us who are puzzled by the rules and regulations regarding re-cycling were pointed in the right direction by a visit from a representative from Solihull MBC in January. It is wonderful how much is recycled or re-used within the Borough but there is still room for improvement. In February our members brought their entries for our “Amazing” photographic competition organised by Gordon O’Connor and judged by Martin Maxfield There were many entries of a very high standard and we all learnt a lot from the judging.
We also had another delicious Birthday lunch at the Knowle Masonic centre. In March, we had a trip down memory lane with a talk and film about Cadburys. How much has changed since the 1950s when it was made! At our April meeting we had a visit from a representative from Birmingham Dogs Home (with 8 month old mastiff puppy) who have recently opened new premises in Catherine de Barnes. It is very heartening to hear about the good work they do putting right the wrongdoing of humans.
There have been challenges during the year with members of our Committee experiencing different health worries. This has resulted in changes to our Committee and to our operating methods which will make the organisation simpler and more streamlined in the future. I would like to thank all member of the Committee and everyone for making it such a successful year and look forward to future success in the year ahead.
Very best wishes