THE DORRIDGE University of the Third Age (U3A) is celebrating 25 years of fun activities for retired and semi-retired residents.
At a special anniversary lunch hosted by Dorridge U3A chairman, Paul Gardner, members welcomed National U3A chairman, Pam Jones, and the Mayor of Solihull to commemorate the society’s last quarter-century as look forward to its future.
The group, which was established by a small group of volunteers in November 1990, has since grown to offer more than 500 members regular presentations, outings and more than 50 activity groups.
Praising the Dorridge U3A on its anniversary, Mayor Coun Glenis Slater highlighted its value to local communities, while chairman Pam Jones spoke of the opportunities that membership of U3A can bring.
She added that from its humble beginnings, there are now almost 1,000 U3As across the country.
Chairman of the Dorridge U3A, Paul Gardner, told us: There is only one reason the Dorridge U3A has worked for so long, and that is the willingness of our volunteers.
“Whether it’s giving their time or sharing a specific interest of theirs, our members are the reason it has gone from strength to strength.
“We have had a wonderful 25 years, and here’s to another 25 years.”
More information on the Dorridge U3A can be found online at www.dorridgeu3a.co.uk