I’ve spent my working life in education one way or another. The first stage was teaching science, including three years teaching in New York City; then a long time in teacher education at Manchester Metropolitan University; then finally working independently as a writer, publisher and teacher. I’ve had the great privilege of being invited all over the world to teach teachers in other countries, and after starting work in 1971 I’m finally getting close to retirement!
I moved to Sandbach in 1992 and feel a great sense of belonging. Being involved as a school governor, reading at the Talking Newspaper, and being a member of the Clean Team are all part of belonging here. Some of you might have visited my lovely garden at a previous house in Mill Hill Lane as part of Sandbach Garden Trail. Tricia and I are now in the process of creating a very much smaller but equally lovely garden in Belmont Avenue. I held a humanist funeral for my late wife at Sandbach School where Brenda was a governor for many years, and when I remarried in 2018 the obvious thing to do was have a humanist wedding with Tricia at Sandbach School.
I’ve been on the Committee since 2019 and took over as Chair in November last year at our first virtual AGM. What a time to take over! Arnie Laing had left our u3a in good shape, and the challenge for me is to help keep it relevant for members while this pandemic lasts. As well as chairing Committee meetings it’s up to me to make the most of the expertise the other Trustees bring with them, keep in contact with a variety of external organisations (such as the Third Age Trust), and lead our u3a in a productive direction. That means making sure our u3a serves its members as well as possible, through interest groups, members’ meetings, online contact, and many other possibilities. I’m sure our u3a is unique in the UK in having interest groups for Circus Skills and Contemporary Dance!
I’m determined to ensure that our Committee is responsive to the needs, interests and ideas of u3a members. Make sure you let us know what you think