Former Chairman Jill Merer – a tribute

By | April 8, 2022
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JILL MERER, one of our longest-serving members, sadly died on 6 March this year. We send our condolences to her family.


On joining Minehead and District u3a, Jill set up her book group, which has only recently disbanded. She soon joined the committee and in 2005 became our u3a’s fourth chairman, bringing expertise and enthusiasm to the role. During her term of office, Jill introduced what was to become an annual event: the members’ coffee morning. On those occasions, instead of the usual talk from an invited speaker, some of our members give mini-talks on a single theme, often basing the content on their work experience or personal interests.


In 2014, Jill was one of the organisers of a special interest day on ‘The Victorian Age’. The programme for the entertaining day, which was the result of a collaboration between several u3a groups, covered topics such as the Great Exhibition of 1851, literature, photography, extraordinary inventions, and many other aspects of Victorian life.


A long-time member of the poetry group, Jill also recently gained much pleasure from the Zoom meetings on history and creative writing. She will be greatly missed.


Jean Page, Former Chairman of Minehead and District u3a

Hilary Fisk
Author: Hilary Fisk

Committee member (Membership Secretary) and Website Editor. Also the lead on the Shared Learning Project on the Knight Family Archive Transcriptions.

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