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|Membership Secretaryemail@example.com||Helen Beaumont|
|New members' firstname.lastname@example.org||Peter Heilbrunn|
|Speaker email@example.com||Kenneth Bodman|
|Groups Cofirstname.lastname@example.org||Frances Dunne|
|Groups Coemail@example.com||Juliet Kitchiner|
|Minutes Secretaryfirstname.lastname@example.org||Anne Caine|
My working life, before U3A, was based in Europe, the Middle East and the USA as a chartered accountant. On retirement I was keen to contribute to the community, and this will be my eighth year as a committee member in a number of different positions. In May I was honoured to be elected Chairman for the next two years, and I will enjoy working closely with colleagues in an organisation run entirely by volunteers.
I was originally an academic with a PhD in atomic physics and space science from University College London. In 1970 Jill and I moved to Windsor, Canada and then Pittsburgh, USA where Paul was born.
Rachel arrived two years later after we’d returned to Amersham. Then for 25 years I worked for high technology companies where, latterly, I was MD of Tandem Computers and on the board of Compaq Computer UK.
After retiring from the corporate world in 2002 I had several non-executive board positions with small businesses and Government agencies, specialising in management and leadership development.
Since joining CU3A in 2012 I’ve set up and convene two technology groups and contribute to several others. We enjoy travelling to see our far flung family (Australia and Wales), walking, reading and activities that involve innovation and new ideas.
I finished my career as Financial Controller, BBC World Service, and after a year or so as a pensioner, unexpectedly found myself at the Barbican Centre as Director of Finance for 3 years. When that came to an end, I was asked to be Treasurer of the Amersham Museum, which was a lovely job as it had just received a large bequest which enabled it to modernise and to employ a part-time curator. I also became a trustee of the Amersham Almshouses. Ever since my wife Jean and I came to Amersham, which was our first home, I have belonged to the Lions Club and now have a 40 years service badge. We have lived in Amersham most of our married life, but spent 9 very happy years in Wells, Somerset, having gone there to work for Marley Tiles, and coming back at the behest of the BBC. We belong to St Mary's church in the old town and for many years I administered the Planned Giving scheme there. We joined the U3A just before the barrier came down and waiting list was introduced. We belong to a number of groups; currently I convene Local History 2 and Jean French for Improvers. The U3A does not dominate our lives, but it has certainly enhanced them.
Originally a Materials Science graduate, my final job before retirement was as a technical intellectual property manager in the diamond industry. I am a step-grandmother to ten and grandmother to one. When I joined Chiltern U3A in 2009 I already knew many of the members as I was following in the footsteps of my husband Robin who had retired before me. I volunteered as an Excursions organiser, and joined a number of groups. In 2012 we were struggling to find not only a Chairman but also a Treasurer. I felt that CU3A was too important for me not to step forward and do what I could by standing for election as the latter. I have been very glad that I did.
I have been a member of Chiltern U3A since 2006 and Membership Secretary since 2009. I worked for the Bank of Englad and met my husband Kevin there. I have lived almost all of our married life in Little Chalfont. We have a daughter Alexandra, a son Christopher and three lovely grandsons. When our children reached their teens I retrained and worked for a number of years for Old Amersham Travel and laterly Allways Pacific.
I am a keen follower of rugby union and introduced my husband to the sport. I was a season ticket holder for London Wasps when they played at Adams Park, High Wycombe but did not renew my season ticket when they moved to Coventry. My husband introduced me to cricket and we go to watch international games at Lords and also Bucks County Cricket Club matches home and away.
I retired from Thames Valley Police (Amersham) as a Duty Planner in September 2013 and following a friend’s advice, applied for membership of Chiltern U3A early the following year. I joined Singing for the Terrified and Yoga and added my name to the waiting lists for Pilates and Tai Chi which I now attend regularly. I have also revived my college Spanish and joined the Beginners Spanish group.
I have been a long time member of Little Chalfont Tennis Club for whom I play regular matches and I also I enjoy music and attend concerts regularly, both locally and in London. I love travelling now that retirement offers the time, but then sadly available resources curb the enthusiasm somewhat!
I trained in upholstery at Harrods, then worked for some years in the exhibition industry, preparing stands and travelling the country. I then joined the BBC and worked in the drapes and upholstery division of the scenic design unit, manufacturing furniture and soft drapes, and then dressing the TV set – and again travelling the country. When the BBC closed down its in-house scenic design unit, two of us set up a private company, VisionDrapes, to carry on the same work for BBC and other designers. After about 6 years, we closed the company and I took early retirement. I joined Chiltern U3A shortly after we moved to Amersham in 2004, and soon became involved with the Garden Interest group, as co-convenor. After 10 years I passed on the baton, and when the post of general meeting organiser was advertised offered my services.
I joined U3A three years ago after retiring from 18 years with the Science Museum Group as Finance Director and Secretary to the Board of Trustees. I previously held finance roles with Grand Metropolitan (now Diageo) mainly in the food sector over 19 years. I moved to Amersham 18 years ago with my husband, Dave, who guides school parties on the WW1 battlefields, and two young children.
My chldren are now at university and I spend increasing time since retiring supporting older relatives and being walked by our two springer spaniels. However I have managed to undertake archaeology, history and art classes, attend choir and I completed a Postgraduate Certificate in History and Archaeology from Birkbeck last year. I also attend football matches in Manchester and go to rock concerts and museum/art exhibitions. I have much enjoyed the General Meetings and attend the Sustainability and Archaeology groups (until the latter stopped recently) and look forward to others when my free time increases. I really appreciate the sense of a community of friends and potential friends within the U3A.
My first degree was in Biochemistry, from the University of Birmingham, then I came to London to take a PhD at the Middlesex Hospital Medical School, where I remained (after the merger with University College London) until I retired in 2011 as Professor of Nutritional Biochemistry at UCL. After we moved to Amersham in 2004, I was desperately jealous of all the activities offered to retired people by Chiltern U3A, and like many members I find my diary is fuller now than it was before retirement. Managing the website is a pleasant, if sometimes time-consuming, activity, but U3A members and Convenors are considerably less demanding that medical students - for 10 years I ran the "virtual learning environment" (i.e. on-line teaching material) for the 700 preclinical medical students at UCL, who demanded that material be available immediately - at any time of day or night!. To boost my ego, I have a personal website at david-bender.co.uk.
For a little fun, Mike Hender thinks that some members of the committee have been practicing for the next ‘Dancing for the Terrified’ group concert: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUn4AurqNY8
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