Crickhowell & District 10th Anniversary
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Crickhowell and District University of the Third Age marked 10 years of growth and achievement at their monthly meeting at the Clarence Hall on October 2nd. Guest speaker, broadcaster and author, Roy Noble addressed a packed audience of U3A members with his amusing, occasionally poignant. and thought-provoking talk ‘Back to the Future’. Following Mr Noble’s presentation, founder member and first Chairman Sylvia Latham cut the first slice of a celebratory cake supplied by Askew’s Bakery.
In his introductory address to the Meeting, retiring Chairman David Jeremiah paid tribute, to the members of the steering committee which started the ball rolling. David also acknowledged the generous support given by local businesses in allowing U3A groups to use their premises for meetings.
It was at the Bear Hotel in October 2008 that the idea of launching a U3A took shape. Part of a world-wide, volunteer-run, organisation providing activities for retired and semi-retired people, Crickhowell’s U3A met with rapid approval from the people of the town and its surrounding area.
Founder members Sylvia Latham and Gerda Fewster — both still active with the U3A — look back on the early days with pleasure. With other U3As within a ten mile radius of Crickhowell they approached the launch with some trepidation but they need not have worried.
Special Interest Groups Organiser Sylvia Latham recalls, “At the Bear Hotel we looked over sixty expectant faces keen to learn about the proposed new U3A”. Sylvia is proud of the organizations inclusiveness, “We started a Social Bridge Group in which blind member Arthur takes an active part”.
Membership Secretary Gerda Fewster points to the difference that belonging to the U3A made to her mother Olive - a centenarian. “Recently arrived from London, Olive made new friends and took up new interests, even taking part in a French skit. On her hundredth birthday we had wildlife expert and TV presenter Iolo Williams as guest speaker. On hearing of Olive’s Big Day, Iolo walked over and gave her a smacking kiss. No complaints of sexual harassment were forthcoming”.
This year has been one of celebration for the U3A with trips organized to St Fagan’s Museum, Blaenavon World Heritage Site, and the staging of a General Knowledge Quiz which attracted fifteen teams of five contestants each. The latter looks set to be an annual event in future.
The year has also seen the publication of Vintage Voices — an anthology of articles compiled by the Writing for Pleasure Group with illustrations supplied by the Art Group. The design of the finished Volume by Genet Bevan and Gareth Axford is highly professional. Copies are priced at £8.99 and can be obtained from Bookish and at the U3A’s monthly meeting at the Clarence Hall. Proceeds from sales of the books go to help those affected by dementia.
Some pictures from the Anniversary Meeting in Clarence Hall: (Click to enlarge)