Crewkerne & District U3A’s annual Registration Day, held at the Henhayes Community Centre, has resulted in plans to revive two former groups, that had been put on hold. Requests were made at the meeting to restart the Shakespeare and Scrabble groups. Many of the U3A’s 380 members turned up to renew their membership for another year and to visit the stands of 40 special interest groups, to see what they will be doing over the next 12 months. Among the groups represented, which all operate under the umbrella of the U3A, were geology, poetry, philosophy, colour therapy, art, folk dancing, jazz and table tennis.
Most of the special interest groups meet in local halls or at members’ homes, which helps to keep costs to a minimum. Group leaders are volunteers who give their time for free and help to promote the ethos of the U3A, ‘Live, Learn and Laugh.’ One member at the Registration Day who reflected the values and spirit of the U3A was Caroline Shipley, displaying her hand-knitted quilt. Caroline’s quilt was knitted using her left over wool, each square depicting a different kind of stitch. Members commented that it was beautifully made and showed a combination of talent and recycling skills at their best.
Vice chairman and membership secretary Dave Charnick and treasurer Tina Mortimer were in charge of those who wanted to renew their membership. The fees for this year remain the same as last year, £15 for individuals and £28 for joint membership. Ten new members were signed up by Stephen Shipley, Beacon system administrator. Crewkerne & District U3A chair Anne Bright said: “The steady influx of visitors meant it was a busy day and my thanks go to the committee and group leaders for all the work they did, to make it so successful. It promises to be another excellent year for the U3A.” The raffle organised by Denise Smith, Teresa Bond and Berenice Chick, with a hamper as top prize, donated by a U3A member, raised £78.00.