Charity Ref. 400/379/98
Spire U3A coffee meeting was held on August 9th at the Harnham Memorial Hall.
The Chairmen, Anne Gould, opened the meeting with notices, among which was a plea for a Vice Chairman, who would take over when she stepped down next year. Without a volunteer there was the possibility of Spire U3A closing.

On a more cheerful note was the presence of Rosemary Nicholson who has organised coach trips for many years for Salisbury U3A, and has now found someone to take her place. She had included Spire in many of the excellent trips and it was an opportunity for members to show their appreciation.

Mervyn Scamell is setting up a group for Art Appreciation to add to the list of activities. Such initiative is vital to for U3A's shared learning ethos.

The guest speaker, Brian Dicker, is an entomologist with Dorset Butterfly Conservation and said that the National membership of the charity is 12,000.
He gave a fascinating talk explaining that there are 7 or 8 different families of butterflies in the UK and went on to explain the importance of preserving their habitats in order to maintain this population. It seems that a butterfly does not eat at all, taking only the nectar or fluid from the various plants. Brian told many interesting facts about individual butterflies, and the history of the Lulworth Skipper was especially fascinating. It has existed in the area for 10,000 years, ever since the English Channel flooded cutting us off from Europe. The members were treated to an excellent speaker who illustrated his talk with slides of these insects.

The next meeting is on September 13th when Sir Christopher Benson will talk 'On Being High Sheriff'.

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