Thank you to everyone for their good wishes after taking over from Derek at the AGM and to all members for taking part in the various discussions. For those unable to attend, after much discussion the result of the vote regarding the venue for our Core meetings was a 3-1 vote in favour of the refurbished Church with its much improved sound system and comfortable seating. Therefore all future meetings will be held in the Church apart from one meeting next year when International Women’s Day of Prayer coincides with our Core meeting and we will be in the Church Hall. This will be marked on your 2016/2017 programme card which will be available at next month’s Core meeting. We will all be working hard to iron out the remaining wrinkles in the changeover.

Thank you also to those members of the Committee who will continue for the year 2016/2017. However, we will be looking for nominations for the vacant posts before the AGM next year and will be mentioning this at the Core meetings.

David Badger and his team will be available at the Core meeting in May for the payment of subscriptions and Anne Badger will be contacting any members who have not paid their subscriptions by that date.

After Derek’s packed two year tenure, I shall find it hard to match his energy! No doubt I will be calling upon him for his advice quite regularly and I look forward to meeting as many of you as I can at the various events and Interest Groups through the year.
Silhill has a reputation as the ’friendly’ U3A and as we go forward I would ask that we try and continue in this way by welcoming any new members at the Core meetings. As spring turns into summer (we hope) we look forward to some superb events and to a few new Interest Groups emerging.

Lastly, I know the Committee photograph is out of date and this will be updated a.s.a.p.

With best wishes to you all

Linda Hornby
Chairman – Silhill U3A