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Members of the Oldham & District U3A Committee 2018/19

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Geoff Hilton Chair

Geoff Hilton Geoff has been a member of Oldham U3A since March 2015 and has been elected as Chairman in 2018. He is a keen member of the Walking Group and e-mails the walk details, he also enjoys Discovery & Dine, Dancing, Anything Goes, and Bowling (outdoor in summer, indoor in winter). Geoff joined the committee in June 2016.

John Tobin Vice Chair

John Tobin John joined U3A in 2015 and is a newly appointed committee member. He currently leads/hosts the bridge group. He is also a keen participant in the Bowling group and joins the Striders whenever possible. Having, as a 'consumer' enjoyed very much what Oldham and District has to offer he would like to support it's continued development.

Scott Hobson Vice Chair

Scott Hobson Scott joined U3A around three years ago and is a newly appointed member of the committee. He is a member of, and enjoys, the Walking, Science and Badminton groups.

David Wright Treasurer

David Wright David joined U3A in September 2015 and enjoys being a member of the following groups: Badminton, Bowls (Indoor and Outdoor), Golf, Strollers, Walking Football and the Walkers. He has also enjoyed visits with the Discover and Dine Group. Someone said to David ‘What are you going to do now you have retired?’ Well, joining the U3A answered that question for him. David answered a call from several pleas by the Chairman for a Treasurer to take over from Ernie Livesey and he was officially enrolled into this post at the AGM in June 2016.

Campbell Montgomery Secretary

Campbell Montgomery Campbell joined U3A when he retired in November 2016. He is a keen member of the Badminton and British History group. His interests include reading, music, bridge and golf. Campbell has a background working on IT projects and is keen to use his expertise in this area to help with the organisation of Oldham and District U3A.

Nigel Hadley

Nigel Hadley Nigel is a semi-retired health professional who has lived in the North West for nearly 30 years initially in Hyde now in Saddleworth. Having seen how her local U3A helped his mother remain both physically and socially active; on his retirement, he explored our local Oldham group and has not been disappointed. Initially he joined Computers for Beginners and now attends the Badminton and Strollers’ group. His main aim is to help the organisation not just maintain but develop its role.

Dorothy Gates

Dorothy Gates Dorothy has been a U3A member for just over 12 months after living in Spain for sixteen years. At the first meeting she was impressed with all the different events and classes on offer. Dorothy started off by joining the Dance class on Thursday morning which she found was quite good fun. Since then she has been on a number of 'Discovery & Dine' trips and says that is exactly what they are, finding new places of interest and enjoying a good meal, as well as an excellent way of making new friends. Also the MOTOs group is good for people on their own.

Kathy Ford

Kathy Ford Kathy joined U3A about two years ago and joined the History group, Singing for Fun and the Theatre Group. She has enjoyed meeting other members and looks forward to be an active member of the committee helping to develop the organisation.

Helen Marrs

Helen Marrs Helen has been a member of Oldham & District U3A since 2012 when she moved from Cumbria to be closer to her family, having previously been a member of Penrith U3A. Helen states that the U3A has helped her to settle in the area. She first joined the Walking group and now helps by leading some walks. She is also a member of the Dance group and joining the French group has taxed her brain to recall things she learned 50+ years ago. Helen also enjoys trips with Dine and Discovery and MOTOs.

Ruth Postle

Ruth Postle Ruth joined Oldham U3A in 2012. She is now a member of the British history, reading, theatre and bowls groups and also goes on some Discovery and Dine and Art appreciation trips. She set up and runs the MOTOS group.

Josie Morris

Josie Morris I have been a member of U3A for 4½ years and I have been the group leader for the walking group for nearly 4 years. I also attend the French group where I really value and appreciate the dedication of the group leader and the shared learning. I would like the opportunity to contribute further to helping Oldham and District U3A to continue to grow and develop as a lively and future looking organisation. My background in the civil service has given me skills in team working, operational management and communication and I hope these are useful skills for the Committee.

Fiona Bannister

Fiona Bannister I have been an enthusiastic member of U3A for 2 years and have become Group Leader for Acoustic Guitar and Creative Writing. I am also a member of Gardening, Motos, and Discover and Dine. I have experience in management in the voluntary sector and training adults. I have also volunteered for Oldham Coliseum and Home Start.


It has been suggested that some groups could meet in the evening. If you feel that this would be viable and useful to you as a member of Oldham & District U3A would you contact one of the Committee members above by clicking on their name and sending a message.

Help and support will be offered to any member who would be happy to share their particular skill, hobby or pastime by initiating a new group. Maybe you have knowledge or experience you could share with other members by way of a short course? Please send a message to Geoff Hilton by clicking on his name above, or alternatively telephone him on: 01457 875838 for further information.


Do you know of any suitable venues in the Oldham area that could be used for group activities? We are constantly on the look out for low cost rooms to accommodate our groups. If you are aware of any, please send a message to a Committee member by clicking a name listed above. Thank you.