Facebook Like WCCSpring brings us many pleasures, including longer days, flowers everywhere and the WCC term 4 programme. As always, our great team of planners has made sure there are plenty of interesting events in the programme. It includes a number of Christmas related events and I hope that you will join your Westcoast friends at the Christmas Party on 6 December.

Members were so generous in embracing Westcoast’s collection for charity last Christmas that we have decided to again focus on Christmas as a time of giving and adopt a charity. The Salvation Army, from whom we will hear this term about their work in the community, has been chosen as the beneficiary of our 2017 Christmas collection. More information will be available later in the term.

A new initiative this term is a special free event for Seniors Week. This event, a talk by Ron Banks on the morning of 31 October, is free but it still essential to book as the capacity of the community room is limited.

Some weeks ago I decided it was time for me to step back from the role of programme coordinator. Although we do not have a volunteer to step in, we are very fortunate that Melissa Frey, our Administration Officer, and Nicky Macdougall, our Media Officer, have agreed to take on this work between them. Our planners will, of course, continue planning the programme and hosting the activities.

It has been another busy year and I thank all the volunteers for their many and varied contributions which, together with those of Melissa and Nicky, enable Westcoast to be the wonderful organisation that it is.

Connie Chapman, Chairman