The well-attended AGM of Clitheroe University of the Third Age was held in St Mary’s Centre when chairman Colin Armstrong thanked committee members for their hard work together with members themselves for their support of the organisation.
There was a very enlightening illustrated talk by Coun. Beverley Jones about her time as Mayor of the Ribble Valley. Beverley had clearly enjoyed her year in office as an ambassador for and promoter of the area she has served.
She said the highlights of her mayoral year included the re-opening of Clitheroe Castle, a Christian Aid fortnight event, attending a Soroptimists meeting when the speaker was Sheila Dibnah, widow of Fred. She also attended a Fairtrade fashion show, celebrated 100 years of Guiding at Waddow Hall, helped “Antiques Roadshow” celebrity Eric Knowles with YHA tree planting and appeared on the television show “Countdown”. In all Beverley attended 258 engagements and gave 77 speeches.
It was also interesting to hear the office of Ribble Valley Mayor began after local government re-organisation in 1974. The new mayor’s chain was made to a design symbolising the three rivers which flow through the Ribble Valley.
New members are welcome to Clitheroe U3A. The next meeting, where you can find out more information about joining, will be held at 2-30 p.m. in the St Mary’s Centre. It promises to promote much discussion when the speaker Dr Robin McIlveen asks “What is Wrong with Global Warming – Sounds Nice?”