April 2023 Main Meeting


WEDNESDAY 12 APRIL 2023 at 10 a.m.


Chair, Alison Currah, welcomed a packed hall of 90 members including new members Kay and Alan Smith. Usual fire regulations etc. were mentioned.

Chair’s News:

The Chair began by explaining that the new Programme had been emailed to Members, paper copies were also available and it was also available on our Website with clear tabs for exploring various sections.

Forthcoming Events:

15 April – Cornish Evening 7 – 7.30 p.m. St. Martins Hall. Miner Quay and refreshments. £10.

5 May – Coronation Tea 2-4 p.m. St. Martins Hall – indoor event -refreshments £6.

23 May – Mary Newman’s Cottage and Saltash Museum – own transport – £5.

17 June – Murder Mystery – St. Martins Hall 7 p.m. provide own food etc. £8.

20 July – Minack Theatre – Twelfth Night – Mini bus £37 includes transport and entry.

Group’s News:

Social Group/coffee morning – The Chair mentioned a possible start up group for members to meet for a social get-together. A list was posted for members to register their interest. Venue to be sorted if go ahead.

Tunes in the Afternoon to meet this Friday (14 April) at The Looe Bowling Club 2 – 4 p.m.

Garden Safari –Glendurgan RHS Garden 11th May– mini bus £10, entry free for RHS members or £10.45 for non-members

The Chair asked if a table tennis group (which had been a suggestion in the Suggestion Box) would be of interest.

Book Club – as Rosemary was moving to Bristol shortly, the new venue would be the  Bar at the Duloe Jubilee Hall.

Community News:

St. Martins Church holding a Baked potato lunch at the hall on 22nd April, 12 – 2.30 p.m.£5

Our raft for the Looe Raft Race on 11th June needs a complete rebuild – list on the table for helpers and crew

Cinema by the Sea showing Fishermans Friend sequel 19th April.

Looe RNLI Concert with the Polperro Fisherman’s and Cotswolds’ Choirs, 22 April at 4.30 p.m.at the Looe Seafront Boathouse – donations.

Helen White & friends jazz etc. at Bodmin Old Library on 17th April at 7 p.m. Various ticket prices.

The proposed banking hub for Looe will not now be at the old Lloyds Bank building in Fore Street, East Looe as too much work required to make it a viable site.  Negotiations still in progress for another venue.

Speakers next month: u3a Members’ Showcase:

Dot Dunning- ‘Life with Grey Ghosts’

Iris Ward ‘Talking of TATS’

Before the raffle, Alison thanked Rosemary Robinson who had, during her many years as a member of Looe & District u3a, taken on all the roles of the Committee (except Treasurer) and run the raffle for many years, and would be missed when she moved to pastures new at the end of the month. Rosemary was presented with a card and gift and stated that joining the u3a had been one of the best things she had ever done; gaining so many friends, experiencing so many new things and visiting so many wonderful places. She finished by saying that she would, of course, be joining the u3a near her new home.

This month’s Speaker – Mr Mike Temple spoke on Mercy Ships. A very moving detailed talk on the marvellous work carried out by volunteer doctors, nurses and various other professions to ease suffering in African third world countries.