The Rayleigh branch of the University of the Third Age (U3A) were recently welcomed to Westminster by local Rayleigh and Wickford MP, Mark Francois, where they were given the exciting opportunity to take an extensive tour of the Houses of Parliament.
The group assembled in Westminster Hall before being met by their personal tour guide who accompanied them throughout the morning while they took the chance to explore the famous sites, including both the House of Commons and the House of Lords, Central Lobby as well as St Stephen’s Hall.
Following their tour, the group were able to meet Mark, who made the most of the time available by answering questions arising from the tour, as well as sharing additional anecdotes from his ten years as an MP. Mark was able to join the Rayleigh U3A for a photograph taken in front of Portcullis House, before dashing off to the Chamber for Prime Minister’s Question Time.
Rayleigh U3A encourages ladies and gentlemen who are retired or semi-retired to pursue their interests in a wide range of educational subjects and leisure activities, as well as using their own skills, knowledge and expertise to help fellow members.
Commenting on the visit, Mark said:
“It was a pleasure to welcome the Rayleigh U3A to Westminster and I’m glad they enjoyed their tour of Parliament. I attended the launch of the group at Holy Trinity Church Hall several years ago and since then they have come on leaps and bounds. I think it is important for people of all ages to continue learning and pursuing their interests in subjects they find enjoyable, which is why I was happy to welcome the group and spend time answering their questions. I am also looking forward to hosting their sister branch, the Rayleigh Grange U3A at Westminster early next year.”
Anyone who is interested in joining the Rayleigh U3A should contact Maureen Huntley at firstname.lastname@example.org.