Late News:


newsletter delivery tea


A team of some 30 members regularly hand deliver newsletters in their area. In total nearly 300 newsletters are delivered in this way, providing a saving of around £2000 annually. Recently the committee suggested an afternoon tea for these stalwart members who generously give their time delivering each month. It was a particularly congenial gathering at the Norway Inn enabling members to meet socially.

If you would like to offer your services as a ‘post person’ in your area, please contact me.

John Whomersley
01872 858339

U3A Carrick Singers are looking for a new Musical Director when their current director, Liz Grant, moves to Norfolk at the end of May. Carrick Singers is a lively four-part community choir that has always sung a cappella, and enjoys singing a wide range of music “from Bach to Buddy”. We have always sung from music [apart from a couple of very short pieces] and would prefer that to continue, while at the same time being open to new ways of doing things......bearing in mind that the average age of the choir is probably about seventy! Currently there are over 70 signed up members of the choir [usual attendance being in the mid fifties] and we meet at Kea Community Centre in Playing Place on a Wednesday afternoon between 2.00-3.45. Over the last seven years Liz has arranged all our music for us, so we already have a substantial library of her music. This has enabled us to give  local concerts 2 or 3 times a year which have been very well received. An active Working Party deals with the day-to-day running of the choir. 
We are looking for an experienced and able musician to lead this group who are used to working hard, while at the same time having a lot of fun in rehearsals; so we would love to find someone with a great sense of humour and a lot of energy! If that’s you....... our group leader, Andrew Julian, [  ] would be delighted to hear from you.

There won't be any yoga on Monday 5th February as Janet and I will be going to the Manor. We do have room for a few more at our sessions if you want to keep as supple as possible while having a bit of fun. Enquiries to either Janet on 01872 862949 or Liz on 01326 376843 or at

I am wanting to start a conversational Italian group for members who have some conversation ability but possibly now rusty of  the language.
If any member is interested then I would be pleased to hear from them.

Peter de Snoo.
01872 862 832

Obituary in memory of Mike Tapp

Most members will already know that Mike died on 5th January. The U3A Carrick Committee accepted my offer to write a few words about him. Of the present committee, only Tony Herring and John Bishop have had a longer acquaintance.
I met him in the spring of 2010, when I was new to Cornwall and accepted the job of treasurer upon joining U3A Carrick.  That gave me an immediate reason to be grateful to Mike, as he was the person I was taking over from. He was patient with me during the handover and was happy to help out with problems that cropped up later.
Giving up being treasurer did not mean that Mike was taking much of a breather; far from it. He was already Membership Secretary, not to mention managing the various aspects of Paxo. He also continued to take the lead in ensuring the smooth running of both the Perranwell and Falmouth meetings, including greeting most of us on arrival.
Even that was not all. With help from wife Marion, he organised several holidays for U3A members, including one in Ireland in the year I joined. These gave way to events that appealed to a much greater number of members—day trips. I glanced through last year’s Newsletters and was surprised to find he had organised as many as four in 2017.
Mike played a full part in many of the recreational activities on offer at U3A. He played table tennis, petanque, snooker, euchre and bridge. He was commendably competitive which could make for an exciting game.
I’m pleased that my last contact with Mike produced an example of the thoughtfulness that had marked my very first contact as well. I received a £10 note, no receipt required, to refund money paid for a trip that my wife Norma had to back out of. I’d not asked for it nor expected it.   Thanks for everything, Mike.

John Dearman