Urgent Appeal For New Hon Secretary
Our current secretary must step down at the AGM in November.
Is there anyone who is willing to take on this role? Hilary is happy
to stay on the committee to support the new secretary, but we urgently
need to find a volunteer for this important function. The job principally
involves taking minutes at the once-monthly committee meetings and
dealing with any paperwork arising from meetings. Hilary is happy
to talk to anyone who might be interested, or you can contact another
member of the committee and if possible attend some committee meetings
before the AGM. In addition to the secretary, the chairman must
also step down at the AGM. A reminder that we need more volunteers
to join the committee. If we cannot appoint a new chairman and secretary,
our U3A might have to close down.
Tennants Sale Room Visit
This year is Wakefield U3A 35th anniversary. We have planned
to spend a day out visiting Tennants sale room in Leyburn on Monday
October 8th. We arrive for coffee at 11am, have, a two course lunch
and tea and scones at 3:30pm. Between all this food , we have a
talk from Mr Rodney Tennant himself, a quiz, a behind the scenes
tour and a talk about upcoming sales and exhibitions. We will also
be able to have a free valuation on an item we take with us (there
will be a limit of the number of items, because of time). We will
have to know what the item is two weeks before, so the appropriate
expert is there to value it. The cost for all this is £28. Space
is limited so put your names down to reserve a place. Ring Shirley
Dufton on 01484 534297 or Shirley Wigglesworth on 01924 378809.
Coffee Morning March
The Yorkshire Air Ambulance was the subject at the
March coffee morning. Helen Murray-Sharpe, who volunteers for the
charity, gave a very interesting presentation about its work. The
charity, set up in 2000, is responsible for the running and maintenance
of its two helicopters, one based at Nostell and the other at Topcliffe.
Its paramedics are provided by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS
Trust. The obvious advantages of using a helicopter in emergencies
are speed and ability to access difficult and dangerous terrain.
The service costs £12,000 a day to run and is funded entirely by
money raised by local organisations and the public. She said that
if every one of the 4 million people living in Yorkshire gave £1
a year that would pay the annual running costs of this invaluable
Coffee Morning April 20th
John Whelpton, a volunteer from bowel cancer UK delivered a most
informative presentation to raise awareness of bowel cancer at our
coffee morning. John told us that he had been diagnosed with stage
2 bowel cancer some years ago, but following treatment was now well.
He said that he had made changes to his diet, having realised that
he needed to improve it vastly. He went through the five indications
for a visit to the doctor, but told us that his wife had recently
exhibited all five symptoms, but turned out not to have the disease.
Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK, but mortality
is the second highest, after lung cancer. This is largely because
diagnosis is often not made till the disease is fairly advanced.
John urged everyone to go immediately to their GP if they had any
concerns as, the earlier the disease is caught, the better the chances
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