Annual meeting ends with a folk sing-song

Steve and Carol from Fool's Gold.
Steve and Carol from Fool's Gold.

Morpeth and district u3a

At their Annual General Meeting, held at Morpeth Rugby Club on Tuesday, June 17, 71 members of Morpeth U3A were pleased to attend and give their blessing to the new committee.

In his annual report, retiring Chairman Garth Miller stressed the importance of both internal and external communications, which are essential to the running of any organisation.

He was happy to say that both had improved during his term of office, and was pleased to be leaving the thriving Morpeth branch of 262 members in the hands of the newly elected Chairman Bob Richardson.

Pam Turner was returned as Treasurer and Bridgit Coxon as Secretary.

Both the Membership Secretary and Group Co-ordinator, Bob Richardson and Maryan Duckworth, were also re-elected to the committee, as were Margaret Trotman and Mike Yorke, together with two new members, Sandra Harvey and Keith Arksey.

After the AGM, the new Chairman Bob Richardson introduced Fool’s Gold, a duo of acoustic folk musicians, who played and sang local historical songs.

Steve, from Newcastle, and Carol, from Essex, told the stories behind the songs and how they came to be written.

The songs included Waters of Tyne, a folk song about the Jarrow March in 1936, a miner’s lament called In The Cage, The Silksworth Evictions, Tommy On The Bridge, and a song about a highwayman who was hanged at Tyburn.

It was fascinating to hear how these songs came about and good to know that they are not forgotten.

The next meeting of Morpeth U3A will be an informal get-together, this time at Morpeth Methodist Church on Wednesday, July 30, starting at 3pm. It will be a chance for members to meet the newly elected officers and committee before the summer break.

For more information about Morpeth U3A, phone 01670 505899, or visit