Nick Gibb drops into the University of the Third Age Mah Jong group

Nick Gibb MP went to the weekly U3A Mah Jong group at the Middleton Scout Hall. The Arun West branch of the University of the Third Age (U3A) serves both Bognor Regis and Littlehampton and the villages in between. Arun West branch has about 400 members. Nationally U3A has over 350,000 members. The U3A is for people who have left full time employment and is an opportunity to learn and teach their hobbies and interests in different groups throughout the week.

The Arun West Mah Jong group was founded two years ago by Glyn and Marsha White. It meets every Friday for a three hour session of Mah Jong at the Middleton-on-Sea Scout Hall. There are about 24 people in the group at the moment.

Nick Gibb said: 'It was a pleasure to meet Glyn and Marsha White and all the other members of the group. Mah Jong, a Chinese game with similarities to Bridge, is a demanding and complex game but most of the players learned the game from scratch after they joined the group. Marsha, who is a former teacher, excels in helping people to learn the game. '

Photo: From left: Elaine Milburn, Nick Gibb, Paula Berry, Sheila Burt