Val and Tony Warren represented Crewkerne & District U3A at the national conference of the University of the Third Age at Nottingham University. With 400 plus delegates attending the three day conference at the end of August, Val and Tony were too late to book a room in a hotel and found themselves in student accommodation. Val said: “It scored good marks for being clean and basic, with a single bed, wardrobe, desk, office chair and an en suite shower but poor marks for having no bedside table or bed light and I couldn’t use the hairdryer, otherwise the fuse would have blown.”
Following a welcome by the Third Age Trust chairman Pam Jones and CEO Sam Mauger, they attended a meeting of delegates from the South West which was headed by Diana Holdsworth, who retired at the conference after completing her three year term of office. Her successor is Jill Nicholls from Carrick U3A in Cornwall. Tony Warren attended a workshop on research and shared learning projects, while Val went to a workshop on online membership systems. Val found that the system used by the U3A has had major improvements made to its security.
U3A chairman Pam Jones reported on an action packed year which members of the National Executive Committee had travelled throughout the UK, to sound out the views of members on the future governance of the U3A. Other speakers at the national conference were solicitor Jo Coleman who spoke on the pitfalls of charity laws and Christopher French, professor of psychology at London University.