Published: October 30, 2013
U3A holds special celebration for two members in Burnham-On-Sea

Burnham-On-Sea's University of the Third Age celebrated the accomplishments of two of its longest-serving members with a special event at the weekend attended by the town's Mayor.

Dozens of members of the U3A gathered at Burnham's Community Centre in Berrow Road to mark the work of Ken Hindle and Tony Winterburn.

Burnham's U3A Chairman Mary Ballard and Mayor Martin Cox thanked the duo, as pictured, during a special cream tea on Saturday.

"After some 60 years of perseverance and sheer hard work within the local community, the U3A's President, Ken Hindle, has recently been honoured with the prestigious British Empire Medal for voluntary services to adult education," she said.

"Ken has dedicated his adult life by being involved with such projects as youth work, preaching, adult and nursery education, the homeless as well as establishing the Burnham U3A and being Chairman of the Community Centre for nearly ten years."

"Tony Winterburn was awarded the Arctic Star for his valiant contribution to the war effort. Tony was serving as a Junior Officer in the Merchant Navy and heavily involved with the support of the Russian Red Army during the Arctic Campaign. Convoys carrying valuable war material to the Red Army were under constant attack from the German forces. It is only recently that our present Government recognised this contribution and commissioned the striking of this new campaign medal."

Tony was presented with a Civic Award in 2007, as we featured here, and Ken's BEM Medal was announced earlier this year which he received last week from Lady Gass.


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