Spire U3A met for the coffee morning at Harnham Memorial Hall on 10th May. It was a busy start as there were new membership cards for everyone together with a list of groups for members to choose the ones they wished to join.
The new Health Research Group also handed out questionnaires for everyone to fill out. This related to the satisfaction or otherwise of the local medical services and was quick to answer.
The lecture was by Sheila Boulter who was a magistrate until her retirement about eight years ago. She was trained but that was not how it was done in the past. The Office of Magistrate started in 1371 and only the landed gentry were allowed to hold the position. It was 1920
before women were admitted and not till 1965 before any training was given.
She told members how she particularly enjoyed working with young offenders and the probation departments where she saw their methods producing some successes.
Members enjoyed her talk and the humour she brought to her past experience on the Bench.
The next meeting is on 14th June when Michael Maidment will talk about 'The Red Lion'
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