Ambleside & District

20th anniversary celebrations

20th Anniversary Celebrations
Ambleside & District U3A began in 1995 and our 20th anniversary has been celebrated with a number of events in 2015.

An anniversary congratulatory card was presented to the group by Jenny Carley, North-west Region Trustee, at the AGM on 14 September. The card is signed by Jenny and Pam Jones, the new National Executive Committee Chairman.

Anniversary card Anniversary card messages

Anniversary Memories - a booklet of members’ reminiscences and photographs from the last twenty years, edited by Christine Riley. A hard copy of this booklet was distributed to members with the August 2015 newsletter. An electronic copy is available for printing by clicking on the link in the title to this paragraph.

Anniversary tea held at Calgarth Park, Troutbeck Bridge, on 31 May. A report and photographs of this celebration can be found in the anniversary booklet and the August 2015 newsletter. It was also reported by the Westmorland Gazette in their printed copy and on their web site.
A cold wind and occasional showers restricted the time we could spend in the splendid gardens of Calgarth Park but this was compensated by excellent internal space for chatting and reminiscing, stimulated by Janice Beardsell’s excellent photographic quiz to test members’ general knowledge and stir up discussion.
The cake was cut by Jessie Morris, widow of Christopher Morris our group’s founder, and members toasted our next twenty years. The sun came through to produce some much needed warmth outside just in time for a demonstration of the Japanese art of Taiko drumming, which emphasises the stance and movement of the drummers as much as the sound of the drums.

Tackling the quiz A boring bit - listening to the chairman Cutting the cake The sun shone for the drummers Taiko drumming finale

The afternoon was arranged with her usual thoroughness by Penny Henderson.

Walking Groups joint celebration at Tilberthwaite on 18 June. The four groups arranged that they would all walk from the car park at Tilberthwaite and attempt to end their different walks at the same time and moreover be joined by past walkers invited to the celebration. Although just a few days before midsummer, the weather was not kind to those who went up high; gloves, woolly hats and waterproofs were essential on the top of Wetherlam.
Remarkably the afternoon tea had everything you could expect at a high class hotel including hot tea and coffee, champagne, sausage rolls, scones and even the final few portions of anniversary cake, all served on tables and tablecloths in the Andy Goldsworthy sheepfold. About 35 members attended this splendid occasion ably arranged by Carolyn Bradley.

Champagne celebration Some brought chairs No shortage of food The champagne was finished

Additional photographs can be found on the Social Walking page and at the link found there to recent walks.

Natural History Group celebration lunch at the Fisherman’s Arms, Baycliff. Some 30 members had an excellent lunch, arranged by Pat Campbell, with two balloons reminding us of the occasion. It was followed by a short drive to visit the Foulney Island Nature Reserve. There we were fortunate to come across the warden, who gave us an overview of his role to protect the nesting sea birds, whose “residences” were carefully marked by a short stick and numbered pebble. A highlight was definitely a group of knots, wheeling and turning in flight.

Enjoying lunch - 1 Enjoying lunch - 2 Enjoying the speech Oyster catcher chick on Foulney

The Marchesi Bridge Group held an anniversary lunch and bridge session at the Rothay Manor Hotel attended by 16 members.

The Mah-jong Group enjoyed a meal at a Chinese restaurant in Bowness in September attended by 10 members.