November Main Meeting

The Chairman, Christine Barwell, opened the well-attended November Main Meeting with a welcome to the new and returning members. With no Chairman’s news, she moved on to inform the members that the tickets for the U3A’s Got Talent night on Saturday November 27th, had already sold out and that a waiting list was to be started. Anyone without a ticket and wishing to attend was asked to contact the organiser, Alison Currah. The Christmas Lunch is to be held on Wednesday 8th December at the Portbyhan Hotel from 12 noon and this would replace the monthly meeting at St. Martin’s Hall. Tickets were on sale during the morning and members were asked to make their choices from a delicious-sounding, 3 course menu: all for £20. Tickets can also be obtained from contacting Carole Metcalfe.

In Groups’ News Pauline Trehane, Barbara Leck and Paula Roy from the Garden Safari Group informed the meeting of the proposed trip to the Powderham Garden Festival on Friday 29th April 2022. They explained that this was a shared trip with the Horticultural Society and a coach would be picking people up from a variety of locations in and around Looe. The tickets, to include transport, entry and a tip for the driver is £20. For further information or to book tickets, please contact any of these ladies.

The Ukulele Group is meeting every Monday morning at the Bowls Club. Please contact Yvonne Toms for further information. At the same location, Tunes in the Afternoon are now meeting fortnightly. For further information please contact Christine Barwell.

In Community News, Deirdre Croker announced a Church Christmas Coffee Morning to be held at St. Martin’s Hall on Saturday 4th December from 10am until noon, with all the usual stalls. The RNLI are holding a Christmas Carol Concert hosted by the Pelynt Male Voice Choir, again, at St. Martin’s Hall from 7pm. Tickets can be obtained from the RNLI shop in the town or by contacting Annie Watson.

There then followed a break before the morning’s speaker, Dr. Keith Hooper delivered an informative, witty and entertaining talk about Charles Dickens and Christmas. He set the scene for the Victorian period and the stark divisions between the rich and the poor. Using The Christmas Carol as a backdrop, Dr. Hooper told the members how Dickens’ became a champion for the poor and how, through his writing, he highlighted their plight. He won many admirers, none less than Queen Victoria herself who summoned Dickens on several occasions to discuss the situation. The members agreed that Dr. Hooper was a most engaging speaker.

Dr. Keith Hooper’s book which proved a popular purchase for the members.