U3A CELEBRATES FOUNDING MEMBERS 70TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

Crewkerne & District U3A celebrated the 70th wedding anniversary of two of its founding members, Cliff and Dorothy Wiles. The groups August meeting in the Henhayes Community Centre was attended by Cliff and Dorothy’s son Michael and daughter-in-law Viv who made a special celebration cake. The couples platinum wedding anniversary is on August 21st but they were happy to celebrate it early with their U3A friends.

Cliff and Dorothy Wiles have been members of Crewkerne & District U3A since it was launched 21 years ago. Cliff was the first treasurer of the steering committee in 1997 and Dorothy has run the poetry group for more than 10 years. U3A chair Sheila Seymour congratulated the couple and presented them with a bouquet of flowers and a card on behalf of the members.

Crewkerne & District U3A continues its success stories, with the latest news showing a surge in membership of its recently revived Shakespeare study group. The study group already has eight members and the venue, where the monthly Tuesday afternoon meetings are held, has a maximum capacity on the membership of 10. The format of the meeting involves watching a DVD of a Shakespeare play and a discussion about it afterwards. So far the study group programme has included Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming Of The Shrew and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The group is now concentrating on the lighter Shakespeare plays but have already planned a Christmas treat for their December meeting when they will watch and discuss Kenneth Branagh’s Hamlet. Group leader Ann Cooke said: “If anyone is interested, please don’t delay in getting in touch or the places will be gone. There has been such enthusiasm and joy, I am thrilled how well it has gone.” Ann can be contacted about the Shakespeare study group on 01460 30473.

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