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I joined the Shipston U3A about 4 years ago because of its fantastic range of Interest Groups and have found the Pilates and Book Groups of great benefit. I joined the Committee in late 2019 and have been Chair since mid-2020. I’m also a volunteer Befriender with a local charity which has allowed me to meet some fascinating people.
Richard Taylor, Vice-Chair
I was born and bred in Shipston. After completing an apprenticeship in motor engineering I spent many years at our garage in the Town. I was a Town Councillor for 28 years, and was lucky enough to be the Town Mayor four times. I am a Trustee of the Townsend Hall, I have been a member of U3A for approximately 3 years, and am a member of the I.T. Computer group.
John Dunlop, Treasurer
I joined the Shipston u3a 3 years ago mainly to enjoy playing bridge, and became Treasurer in the Spring of 2020. I am also Treasurer of two arts organisations based in London but enjoy the opportunity to offer my services more locally. We moved to Brailes in 2005 and love the friendliness of Shipston and the landscape of the North Cotswolds.
Lynne Richardson, Interest Groups Coordinator
I took over the role of Interest Groups Coordinator from the original role holder around 4 years ago, joining the u3a a year before. I am a member of a few interest groups getting much pleasure from the opportunities u3a offers us. I also volunteer for a national charity and a number of years ago was on Shipston Town Council.
Robin Furneaux, Speaker's Secretary
I joined the Shipston U3A in 2018 and have been on the committee since 2019. My role is to organize the monthly meetings. We moved to Shenington in 1985 although originally, we’re from the London area. I worked for Alcan for 24 years and subsequently for myself. Now, I produce the Shenington Green magazine and am a trustee of our village hall charity.
Helen Pendery, Assistant Treasurer
Joined in 2013, became Committee member in April 2017, and Assistant Treasurer from 2019. Group leader for: Family History, Pilates and assistant for the Computer Group.
Helen lives in Brailes and enjoys walking and art.
Therese Woodward, UPDATE Editor
I joined Shipston on Stour Area u3a in 2016 when I moved to Shipston from Hampshire and I first joined the committee in 2017. I am the Editor of UPDATE and the Safeguarding Officer. I lead the Walking from Shipton Group and I am also a member of both the Book and Mindfulness groups.
Christine Russel, Website Manager
Joined the Shipston on Stour Area u3a about two years ago, and joined the Committee last September. As well as keeping the website updated, I lead the Book Group, am a member of the Walking from Shipston group, and a member of the Communications sub-Committee. I’m also Programme Secretary of Shipston Music Society. We've lived in Shipston for 22 years.