Leigh Belfairs

40th Anniv

At our meeting on Wednesday, 20th April, we celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the u3a movement.

Just a bit of background regarding how the u3a all started......

'Le Troisieme Age' which the U.K. translated to The University of the Third Age (u3a) was set up in France in 1972. It was based on the older generation, who were living longer, being able to socialise and gain knowledge from each other, plus having some fun.
In 1981, three distinguished friends got together in Cambridge to discuss the movement in France, and after a fact finding trip to France, Britain’s u3a movement was born in 1982.
Interest groups have always been at the heart of the u3a, with older people encouraging one another to take park in activities on offer.
The u3a has grown over the last 40 years with over 1000 branches in the U.K. with in excess of 450,000 members.

At our meeting the committee served the members with tea, coffee, cake and biscuits at their tables. Members had previously been invited to bring along their own nibbles and drinks, and as you will see from some of the pictures, this option was accepted!

The group leader of Sugar Craft made us a beautiful cake which was shared amongst everyone.

We had a wonderful singer entertain us which prompted many of the ladies onto the floor, and one gentleman, under duress, who proved to be a good sport.

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