U3A members celebrate their 25th in style

Ann Lowndes, Hilvary Robinson and Rosemary Bartholomew
Ann Lowndes, Hilvary Robinson and Rosemary Bartholomew

Hastings and Rother branch of the U3A marked its 25 years of success in style.

From humble origins as a small group in a room above the library the branch now boasts more than 400 members and more than 60 interest and study groups.

A delightful Ritz style tea, with classical entertainment, held at Azur, Marina Pavilion in the summer, was followed by a celebratory cake enjoyed by all at the AGM.

The festivities culminated in the publication of a celebratory book

Members were entertained at the Christmas party by the Year 3 Choir from St Peter and St Paul Primary School, who sang carols with enthusiasm resplendent in tinsel, reindeer antlers and Santa hats.

The proceeds from the Christmas raffle of £186 were donated to the school’s charity, Samaritan’s Purse, which delivers Christmas shoebox parcels to children in need across the world.

U3A - a University of the Third Age - is aimed at older people and allows members to share a variety of education, creative and leisure-based activities.

These are organised in small groups that meet regularly, and members are able to share knowledge, skills and experience with each other.

Groups meet in Bexhill and Little Common, and Hastings, and members decide for themselves what will be the content of their meeting, getting together weekly, fortnightly or monthly.

The U3A Movement consists of local U3As all over the UK, which are charities in their own right and are run entirely by volunteers. U3As offer the chance to study more than 300 different subjects in such fields as art, languages, music, history, life sciences, and philosophy.

For more information call 01424 215205.