Shipston-on-Stour Area


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Committee Members and helpers

Therese Woodward, Chair
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 lead the Walking from Shipston Group and I am also a member of the Mindfulness group.
Brenda Boyle, Vice-Chair, Membership Secretary
Brenda Boyle
I moved from Herefordshire to Blackwell in 2021 and joined U3A shortly afterwards.

I am currently part of the Book Group and intend to join other interest groups in the next few months. I joined the committee in December 2021 and am now the Membership Secretary.
I hope to meet many of the members in the forthcoming year.
Richard Taylor, Vice-Chair, Monthly Meeting Coordinator, Health & safety Officer
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
John Dunlop
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.

Robin Furneaux, Business Secretary
I joined the Shipston U3A in 2018 and have been on the committee since 2019. I am currently the Business Secretary. 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.
Jenny Shepperd, Interest Groups Coordinator
I joined Shipston on Stour Area u3a in 2018 when I moved to the area from Dorset and settled in Brailes. I joined the committee in 2021 and act as Interest Groups Co-ordinator. I have been a member of walking groups throughout my time as a member.

Lynne Richardson, Assistant 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, and am currently the Assistant Interest Groups Coordinator. 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.
Helen Pendery, Assistant Treasurer, Beacon Administrator
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.

Jackie Finlay, Update Editor, Publicity Coordinator
I have lived in Shipston for ten years and am a founder member of our u3a, serving on the Executive Committee as Membership Secretary for 7 years. I am leader of the Playreading Group and a member of the Mindfulness and Current Affairs groups. I took over as editor of UPDATE in June 2021.
Christine Russel, Safeguarding and Disabilities Officer, Facebook Administrator
Joined the Shipston on Stour Area u3a about two years ago, and joined the Committee last September. 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.

Geoff Olsson, Website Administrator
Geoff Olsson
I was one of the founder members of our u3a and have served as Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary until stepping down when I reached my 6 year limit of service. I am currently the Website Administrator though not serving on the Committee. I run the Wine Appreciation group.

Jean Olsson, Speakers Secretary
Jean Olsson
Moving to Shipston nine years ago I was one of the founder members of our u3a.
I served as Speakers Secretary before stepping down from the Committee when I reached my 6 year limit of service. I recently took on Speakers Secretary again but have not joined the Committee. I also run the Drawing and Painting group, plus belonging to the Mindfulness group, Current Affairs, Walking from Shipston and Wine Appreciation group.