Visit by Porthcawl U3A to the Senedd

I always enjoy meeting constituents and I was delighted that a group from Porthcawl U3A accepted my invitation to visit the Senedd, the main public building of the National Assembly, in Cardiff Bay. Porthcawl U3A has recently celebrated its 20th anniversary having been set up in 1995. Porthcawl U3A is part of the University of the Third Age providing informal educational, creative and leisure opportunities. There are over 500 members and 34 interest groups.

During their recent visit to the Senedd, the group from Porthcawl U3A enjoyed a cup of coffee and a cake in the café in the Oriel before embarking on a guided tour of the Senedd. As part of the tour, the group learned about how the Assembly has evolved since the institution was set up in 1999, about decision making and accountability and about the history of the Senedd building itself. The group also had the opportunity to ask their own questions.

I was also delighted that the group were able to have the opportunity to watch a session of First Minister’s Questions. People who have visited the Assembly often tell me that it is different watching it in real life to watching it on television. During a particularly lively exchange, I was pleased that I was able to refer to my constituents.

It was great to meet the group, to hear what they thought about First Minister’s Questions and to learn more about Porthcawl U3A. I hope that everyone enjoyed their day.