The University of the Third Age

The chairman David Emerton reported on another successful year for the Diss Branch with overall membership now standing at around 230. Interest group members continue to expand and the Diss U3A website is also attracting an increasing amount of interest. Group leaders and committee members were thanked for their continued support and hard work throughout the year with special thanks and presentations given to Bronwen Moran and Judith Buckfield who were standing down from the committee following the expiration of their terms of office. The chairman then welcomed on to the committee Bernie Morris and Don Rogers who were elected to serve as Business Secretary and Membership Secretary respectively.

Following the AGM the guest speaker was Dr David Dougan who gave a most enlightening and enjoyable talk on the life of Samuel Pepys. Although he was both a naval administrator and an MP, Pepys is best known for his diaries kept between 1660 and 1669. Originally written in code and intended for personal use only, these diaries have become some of the most important works in English history, describing as they do his eyewitness accounts of events such as the Restoration and coronation of Charles II, the great plague and the destruction of the city during the great fire of London. Pepys also recorded with frank honesty events in his own daily and domestic life which when translated by David Dougan into modern day language gave life to that which was for some of us just a name in history.

The next meeting of Diss U3A will be on 7th April at the United Reformed Church commencing at 10.30am.

For further information on Diss U3A please telephone 01379 642674.

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