Today I went to an event in Warminster organised by the local branch of the U3A (University of the Third Age). I had never been to a U3A event before and I must say that I was very impressed with their organisation and their ability to get well over one hundred people out on a miserable Wednesday in January. The venue was the Warminster Community Centre which is wonderfully equipped with full audiovisual facilities all wired in; as someone who used to do meetings and presentations in hotels where you would be lucky to find a tatty old screen and no more, this was terrific.
The reason I was there is that I had been invited to see a presentation given by ShelterBox the charity that provides a big box with a tent and equipment to shelter and cook for a family in areas hit by natural disaster or human conflict – think flood, volcano, earthquake, war etc.. ShelterBox has been in existence since 2001 but since the Boxing Day tsunami in the Pacific has been one of the, if not the, ‘go to’ charities who provide emergency shelter. I was really impressed with their presentation and a glimpse into the work that they do; a really amazing organisation. My thanks to Hugh Deed their regional coordinator for an excellent show.
Here are some of the U3A group after the presentation, busy getting their tea and biscuits.
I’m off to the Lake district tomorrow for a few days so won’t be blogging but will catch up on Monday when I’m back.