The new Chair of Crewkerne & District U3A, Sheila Seymour was elected at the annual general meeting on June 4th. Sheila takes over from Anne Bright, who held the post for three years. Two bouquets of flowers were presented to Anne by treasurer Tina Mortimer on behalf of the committee and membership. New chair Sheila Seymour said: “If I can do half as good a job as Anne, I shall be very proud.”
Sheila lives in Crewkerne. She previously worked in the City of London and then as a finance manager with a large educational charity before becoming a history tutor at the Royal Holloway College, part of the University of London. Other committee members elected at the AGM in Henhayes Community Centre were Stephen Shipley, Ann Lewis, Diane Johnson, Jane Pearce, Tina Mortimer, Maggie Hewson and John Bartholomew.
Dave Charnick, who stepped down after eight years as membership secretary, was presented with a Waterford crystal bowl and a long service certificate by Anne Bright. Long service certificates and book tokens were also presented to David and Christine Newman who have led the Fun of Language and French Conversation groups respectively for 10 years.
Seventy new members have joined Crewkerne & District U3A in the last 12 months and the membership stood at a record 381, at the end of the year. There are now more than 40 special interest groups. In her final report as chair, Anne Bright praised group leaders. Anne said: “They provide our members with the means to enjoy a wide variety of activities and pursuits, from the academic to the physical, and the social to arts and crafts.
“They are all volunteers who give freely of their time and experience. It has been a privilege and a pleasure as the chair. My sincere thanks go to all of the committee, group leaders and members who have given me such good support. It has been a wonderful learning experience.” After the business part of the meeting, entertainment was provided by comedian Fred Phelps with his anecdotes and poems.