Queues formed outside of the George Reynolds Centre as hundreds of people waited for the doors to open, so that they could renew their membership of Crewkerne & District U3A. The organisation’s Annual Registration Day on April 1st, saw 40 of the special interest groups represented at the event, providing a good opportunity for visitors to find out what the groups will be doing over the next 12 months. Among the groups which set up stalls were the U3A’s largest group, Geology, and Archaeology, Craft, Folk Dancing, French Conversation, Opera and Shakespeare plus one brand new group for Music Appreciation.
The Serendipity group received a good response from people interested in a trip to Blackpool this year and the South West region of the U3A promoted their Study Days and Summer Schools.
Membership Secretary Anne Bright and Caroline Shipley were kept busy for the two hours at the registration desk. Anne said: “Many thanks to everyone for the wonderful response from all those who came along to renew their membership or to join.” Sales of tickets for the raffle with the prize of a hamper, donated by Trefor Jones, raised £47 and was won by Yvonne Taylor who said: “I’m thrilled. I don’t think I have ever won a first prize before.” Tea, coffee and cakes were provided by the staff at the GRC. Speaking on the success of the Annual Registration Day, U3A chairperson Sheila Seymour said: “The queue stretched along the corridor and down the stairs and they just kept on coming. We were also delighted to welcome new members who were joining the U3A for the first time.”