Thanks go to Rosemary Robinson for this write up of the first face-to-face meeting of Looe & District u3a since March 2020!
Minutes of monthly meeting of Looe and District U3A September 8th
Chris welcomed everybody and said how nice it was to see so many familiar faces. She reminded members that they were free to remove their face masks while seated. She also informed the membership that lateral flow tests were freely available and that they could be ordered via the NHS app.
Two social events had taken place in the last month; the picnic on 18th August with 34 people attending and the boules on 7th September with 15 participants. The quiz and cream tea had been postponed until 2022.
Call my Bluff, organised by Chris Roy in aid of the RNLI would take place on Sat. 23rd October; tickets were £10 and would be on sale at the next meeting or on the door.
U3A’s got Talent would now take place on Sat. 27th November. Alison needed more participants.
These were continuing on zoom
Music appreciation- begins again 22nd Sept. with Rhapsody in Blue and The Flower Song
Film club- begins 14th Sept with Witness for the Prosecution .and In whom we Serve
Poetry continues either on zoom or in peoples’ garden
Languages had already begun
Walking groups were continuing
Ukelele would begin again in October
Tunes in the afternoon was postponed until a suitable venue could be found.
Chris made an appeal for new groups to be formed and also for more committee members
Nick mentioned the art exhibition in the TOCH building. U3A radio starts again 17th September. The Old Cornwall Society meets again on 11th Sept.
Nick then introduced the speaker, Roger Browne who spoke on “My life in Music”.
Roger then proceeded to entertain us with his life story accompanied by amusing anecdotes and piano playing. He began with his first and only venture into solo singing when, at 8 years old he won a prize at a local talent show which turned out to be a Toni perm ! He retired at 8 years old.
In 1967 he had his first venture into musicals in Camelot where he had to run up and down 7 flights of stairs in full armour. Not only did the armour fall off but the wrong scenery had been delivered. There was no technical rehearsal and it ended with a fight with a bed still in the middle of the stage. The audience had tears running down their faces.
He continued with more anecdotes, accompanied by his brilliant piano playing.
Roger was completely self taught and did not read a note of music, which had also led to a number of amusing incidents. He was not only a gifted musician but a very entertaining speaker,
Nick thanked him and the meeting ended at 12 noon.