July Meeting

Looe & District U3A Monthly Report for July 2019

Following the usual business items, Chairman, Christine Barwell was delighted to announce the creation of four new Groups being wild swimming, genealogy, beginner’s Spanish and a second Gorgeous Grub Group. She also commented on the successful Annual Midsummer picnic held on the East Looe Wooldown. Forthcoming events include the Garden Safari outing to Ugbrooke on the 19 August, the Annual Summer Lunch with entertainment and raffle, on 21 August – 12. for 12.30 p.m.(all tickets sold) and “U3As Got Talent” Evening on Saturday 30 November.

The September meeting on 11 September will be the Groups Showcase morning with entertainment and refreshments which should prove good fun.The Speaker, Mr. Peter Hearn with an RAF background, then gave an excellent insight into being a Queen’s Messenger or Silver Greyhound as named by Charles II. These Messengers or couriers originated in 1199 and are employed by the British Foreign Office to carry sealed diplomatic bags from London to British embassies or consulates all over the world. These bags are exempt from the usual stringent airport checks although they still apply to the courier. His job, for over thirteen years, allowed him to travel business class and to be first on and then first off the plane to be met by an embassy official. Travelling to some highly sensitive areas called for courage and tact and while being no James Bond he encountered more than a few hair raising situations.

Speaker Mr. Peter Hearn with his Silver Greyhound tie and long service medal.