Burnham-On-Sea U3A celebrates its 25th anniversary
of Burnham-On-Sea's biggest and longest-running community groups
celebrated its 25th anniversary with a special event on Saturday
University of The Third Age (U3A) marked the milestone with an open
day and a cake-cutting ceremomy by its oldest member, 99 year-old
Peggy Bessant, pictured above.
silver anniversary celebration took place at Burnham's Community
Centre in Berrow Road and included displays by several of the U3A's
were also speeches by Burnham U3A President Ken Hindle, Chairman
Paul Hambleton, and Mayor and Mayoress, Cllr Michael and Maria Clarke.
congratulatory message from HM The Queen, written by a Lady-In-Waiting
at Sandringham, went on display, as pictured here with U3A Secretary
Veronica Richardson. We recently featured the Royal letter here.
U3A in Burnham-On-Sea has 560 members, with 42 separate groups offering
a wide range of activities from table tennis and Scrabble to walking
Mayor told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The U3A is vitally important
to many local people in the town and it is an organisation that
the town can be rightly proud of. Burnham's is one of the biggest
U3A groups in the county - and 25 years is a superb milestone to
Hindle, Burnham-On-Sea U3A President, right, said: "25
years marks a whole generational shift and can provide an opportunity
for reflection and a vision of what the future may hold. We can
be proud of what we have achieved over the growth in membership,
providing a wide range of activities, life-changing for many members,
companionship and opportunities to learn."
are fortunate in having Burnham Community Centre as our home, much
to the envy of other U3As."
added: "Looking to the future, we are told that people will
work longer and retire later, and that technology will play an increasing
part in our lives. Change is a perpetual element in our lives. But,
in spite of the many problems that appear to affect society, we
are living in a golden age. It is important, therefore, to reflect
on the fact that the benefits we enjoy today are things that we
once only hoped for."
U3A's celebrations continue on May 11th with a celebratory tea for
the founder members. Then, from June 12th-24th, there will be a
display of craft work and activities of the U3A in Burnham-On-Sea
July, a cream tea and other U3A activities will be held in St Andrew's
Church, and then on September 15th a concert will be held at The
Princess with entertainment performed by the U3A Concert Party and
U3A Ukelele Group. In October, a tree will be planted by Ken Hindle
and a lunch will be organised for the whole of the U3A.