Members of Buxton & District U3A shared their experiences at a tea party to celebrate their branch’s 20th anniversary.
Life president Frank Barrett, who was the group’s first chairman, praised the achievement of continued education and interaction between members and groups.
He said: “U3A is a boon to people who have had an active life, people who have a life yet to live, and the people who are in U3A and those who are there to share.”
Chairman Anne Rogerson said that Buxton & District U3A had started with only 23 people but had since flourished to 580 members.
The 20 VIP attendees were some of the organisations’ original founding members, six of who were founding group leaders who still lead. In honour of their achievement, personalised Buxton & District U3A badges were presented to the following: Frank Barrett (local history), Judy Barrett (French and Shakespeare studies), Sheila Beagles (orginally German, now knit and natter), Dena Lewis (gardening pure and simple), Lyn Noble (drawing and painting), John Wood (literature).
Founding group leaders shared their recollections. Lyn Noble said: “Over the last twenty years teaching people who have never painted before in their life, can actually do it and say “this is fantastic!” And I think at the same time people come back to me and say, “I’m looking at things in a different light and in a different way” - and that is brilliant.” Judy Barrett chose a quote from Macbeth to illustrate her memories.
The Singing for Fun Group gave a rendition of their Buxton and District U3A song, featuring lyrics which were written for the occasion by U3A member Viv Doyle.
Snow fell during the tea party at Buxton Methodist Church Hall, just as it had done on the day of the group’s first meeting in Farnfield 20 years ago.
l Buxton and District U3A group has 60 interest groups. To find out more, visit www.buxtonu3a.org.uk or contact the secretary Marge Rose, tel. 01298 233136 or email firstname.lastname@example.org