Four members of Crewkerne & District U3A have been given ten-year long service awards for their outstanding service through their leadership of special interest groups. John and Gwen Bird, Mary Fowler and Mike Jones were each presented with a Certificate of Appreciation and a gift voucher at the organisations August meeting in the George Reynolds Centre, by Chairperson Sheila Seymour. John’s certificate was accepted on his behalf by his wife Gwen, as he was unable to attend the meeting. Chairperson Sheila Seymour said: “Their enthusiasm and imagination to keep on coming up with new ideas to stimulate their groups is inspirational.”
John and Gwen Bird joined soon after the U3A began more than 20 years ago and have led the skittles, lunch bunch and art groups. Over the years they have been members of the history, geology, rambling and craft groups. Together with another couple, John and Gwen provided the teas at the monthly meetings for three years. Mary Fowler took over the running of the photography group in 2008 and in 2012 she introduced the very successful annual inter-U3A photography competition. Mary is a long standing member of the geology, art and craft groups as well as taking part at other times in the opera, jazz, music appreciation and rambling groups. Mary has also served on the U3A committee as secretary and editor of the newsletter.
Mike Jones was recommended to join the U3A when he retired by his Mum’s next door neighbour. Mike has led the rambling group for 10 years as well as being a member of the photography, geology and local history groups. In addition to his U3A commitments, Mike is a trustee of The Speedwell and a volunteer at Crewkerne & District Museum.