Mirthy is an online platform for some of the best local speakers, often retirees themselves, to provide online talks to over 50s at home.
Through our remote talks and interactive Q&A sessions, we want to connect over 50s and allow them to exercise their interests and passions, wherever they’re based.
In the future, we aim to offer additional social groups and activities, both online and off, to engage our community.
The Mirthy Mission
Mirthy’s mission is to help over 50s remain active, social and productive. Together we are determined to reimagine retirement!
Not only will this new approach provide a much-needed social antidote in this period of self-isolation, but will entertain and inform our community.
My name is Chris Forse. I am a retired teacher and administrator living near Stratford upon Avon. I spent most of my professional career in Hong Kong from where I was able to indulge my passion for travel as well as representing the then colony at cricket and as a coach and adjudicator in world championship debating. I am currently chairman of a one thousand strong U3A in Warwick, and a grandfather of two lovely boys.
My name is Pat Easton and I live in Milton Keynes.
I left home when I was 16 to train to be a Nursery Nurse. When i retired in 2009 I joined the MKU3A mainly to line dance.
My hobbies have grown since COVID. I now love singing and recording with several Virtual Choirs, I continue to line dance but on Zoom and have learned to appreciate the beauty of the night sky.
I also discovered Mirthy talks and have enjoyed watching and listening to the various speakers as part of my routine each week.
My name is Margaret Fosker, aged 87, a widow for 15 years.
I worked for the NHS for 34 years, 4 years at King's College Hospital and 30 years at Ipswich Hospital, as a Medical Secretary culminating in becoming Manager of the 72 secretaries at Ipswich on a budget. Worry not about the secretaries but 72 Consultants to keep happy...!
My name is Roland Higgins, I’m 76 and live with my wife in Baughurst, Hampshire. I started my career in the Royal Air Force as an aircraft radio and radar engineering apprentice.
I moved into civil aviation in 1973 and worked as an avionics lecturer/training manager with several different airlines until retiring in 2010. I am currently the vice-chairman and Speaker Secretary with the Tadley and District U3A.
My name is Yvonne Peel, 73, retired 5 years and live with my husband and disabled daughter.
I began my working life as a PA and after moving from London went into teaching at a Partial Hearing Unit.
From Education to NHS where I worked for 30 years testing children's hearing.
On retiring, joined my local U3A. I've volunteered as Secretary for the past 3 years and have enjoyed gardening, outings and reading.