Wales Trustee

News From Your Trustee in Wales

A statement from Hilary Jones, Wales Trustee

It is sad that Sue Shannon-Jones has had to stand down as Regional Trustee for Wales. She was very committed to the role – but sometimes life gets in the way. Thank you Sue for the work you started as Regional Trustee.

I have been asked to take over the role at least until the national AGM in October. As some of you know I have been Wales Trustee before and I have also served as Vice-Chair of the Trust – so I know what is involved. Chris Winner the Regional Trustee before Sue SJ is giving support too.

It is important that Wales is represented on the Board and that all Welsh members have a direct line of communication to the Board – through the Regional Trustee.

If you have concerns, would like help in any way or have a question you would like an answer to – please get in touch with me by email to or use our online form to contact Hilary Jones.

Chris and I are calling a regional meeting to discuss the way forward. Network chairs, Welsh Trust Volunteers and other supportive people have been invited to join Chris and I on Zoom on the 9th June 10 – 12.00. If you would like to attend and feel you can contribute to the meeting , please get in touch with me as soon as possible so I can put your name on the list.

I have already received offers of support which is much appreciated. Chris and I want to ensure that it is business as usual in Wales and we welcome your support in achieving that goal.


Sue Shannon-Jones mentioned in her last newsletter the workshops that are available. There are now workshops that are available specifically for Wales. Please view the workshops list for May and June. You can register for any of them using the links provided.


A message from Philip Johnson a member of Flintshire and Ruthin u3as.

During the 2 years of the pandemic I have been playing ‘Bridge on-line’ weekly, which was a national u3a initiative. One of the organisers of that initiative, Steve Carter, is now the National u3a Coordinator for Bridge.

A group of Bridge-playing u3a members from across the country have banded together in the hope of playing a national Duplicate Bridge Contest during our 40th Anniversary week commencing 17th September 2022.

In the first instance we need to gauge support for such a venture and - in the belief that you are the local lead - would welcome your early response to four specific questions:

  • Would your Bridge group participate?
  • If so, would you want to play online or at your own club [using simultaneous pairs]?
  • How many pairs do you think would want to play?
  • Would you use the opportunity as a means of recruiting non-u3a Bridge players to join your local u3a?

Could you please respond to this request by emailing and include the following text in the title of your email "u3a 40th Wales". Thank you in advance for your help and be assured that we will be back in touch should the project go ahead.

Open Days

Has your u3a had an Open Day recently, or a promotion event. I’d love to hear about it and possibly share with other u3as in Wales. Congratulations to Porthcawl they recently held a very successful Open Day and signed up 22 new members thus far.

Hilary Jones, Wales Trustee