Issue 35

February 2010




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From the Chairman

I wish all members and your families a Happy and Healthy New Year.


With 832 members in our U3A, trying to keep everyone informed is difficult. During the year, Chris Rush produces three "Stray News" which are posted to every member. This is a publication to give information of past and future events.

Five "Stray Bits" are produced by Val Cooke. "Stray Bits" is intended to let members have up to date information and is circulated by email and distributed at Open Meetings.

Brian Graham sends information to members, who have access to the Internet and also keeps the Web site up to date.

The above members do a sterling job, but they do need INPUT from Group Leaders and members.


I know — another task to take up your time and energy! Please do share your information.


One further plea....

Please inform Barbara Peel or a committee member of any changes of address or other alterations to our Membership.


I thank all the Group Leaders and helpers for their enthusiasm and look forward to new Groups being formed.




Membership Secretary’s Update

On December 1st a total of 155 members who had not renewed their subscriptions were deleted from the Membership list. This left us with a Membership of 816 an increase of 27 on the previous year. Enquiries continue at a steady pace, new members joining and membership is now approaching 840.

Following a recent meeting the Committee would like to remind all Members to take care of their Membership cards. I have already  issued several replacement cards and in the interests of economy the Committee has instructed me to levy a fee of £1 for every card that has to be reissued


Barbara Peel – Membership Secretary

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Loss of a Founder Member — Joan Murphy

It is with sorrow that I report the death on Sunday, 13th of December of Joan Murphy, a much loved mother and grandmother; one of the founder members of “The Harrogate U3A”.

As a trained nurse Joan worked in a general practice and saw older people who needed other interests and friends. Having heard of U3A at a scrabble competition she thought ‘That is what Harrogate needs’, so with a little funding and informative talks to other groups and societies the Harrogate branch began with 32 members.

I worked with Joan on the committee in its formative years, a quietly forceful lady who was respected for her keen brain and tireless action. Every increase in membership brought Joan great pleasure. She became the first Honorary member of Harrogate U3A in 2004.

Scrabble and Decoupage groups were started in her home; Joan was also the first Leader of the Walking Group. She participated in the Science group and attended many open meetings and always the AGM.

Joan was an ac tive member of the Red Cross for over 30 years culminating in a presentation of a medal and a visit to Buckingham Palace, something of which she was justly proud.

Joan will be sadly missed by her family, friends and Scrabble rivals.


Jill Waterlow