Crewkerne & District U3A member Val Warren is helping a Martock woman to set up a new U3A group. Val attended a meeting at the Christian Fellowship Chapel in Martock which was organised by Pauline Rosslee. Pauline and her husband Phillip have recently moved to Martock. As former members of Salisbury U3A, they were surprised that Martock didn’t have its own U3A. Pauline said: “People were travelling miles to attend U3A meetings in Crewkerne, Yeovil, Somerton and Sherborne. I wanted to see if there would be enough interest and support for Martock, to have its own group.”
Val Warren, who is also the representative of the Avalon network of U3As in South Somerset, took information boards and leaflets to the Martock meeting. Val said: “There was a lot of support and the prospects look very bright.” Extra chairs had to be brought in to accommodate the 120 people who attended and printed forms for those interested in joining, soon ran out. Pauline Rosslee, a retired librarian and former English/History teacher was delighted with the support shown for a U3A group in Martock. She said: “All the signs are that there will be a thriving U3A in Martock in the near future.”
The new U3A group can expect support from the Avalon network and from other U3As in the South West. South West Regional Trustee Diana Holdsworth, travelled up from Paignton to show support for the new group. Diana said: “I’m delighted to be here for the launch of another U3A.” The next step in setting up the new U3A group is the formation of a steering committee and the printing of more forms, so that no-one misses out on the opportunity to become a member of Martock U3A.