Kate’s a speaking force to be reckoned with at the U3A

Morpeth and District U3A

Hats, handbags and handcuffs. This was the subject of a witty and informative view of Kate McDonald’s career in the police force.

Ms McDonald’s career spans 32 years, from when she first joined up as a cadet to her final years as a member of one of the elite senior crime squads.

She broadened her personal experiences to include a history of women generally in the force, telling of how two female police officers on the beat had to be followed by two male members of the force in case of trouble.

Ms McDonald brought along two hats to demonstrate how the role had changed over the years. The early one was soft top, the later hard.

Her career encompassed an enjoyable time as Community Beat Officer, when she really got to know the people of the local area, to the other extreme of dealing with issues of physical and mental abuse with social services, and, finally, to a serious crime squad, which she said was not a lot like the Sweeney on TV. She did give a very good tip on how to walk silently, but you will need to hear her speak to learn it.

For more information about the U3A call 01670 843660.

Ponteland wi

Our next meeting is on Tuesday, March 8, at 7.30pm, in St Mary’s Church Hall.

We are celebrating International Women’s Day with an evening of Grandmothers and Granddaughters.

We meet on the second Tuesday of each month and have a diverse programme. For details email: pontelandvillagewi@hotmail.com or see our facebook page ‘PontelandVillageWI’.