Rickmansworth’s u3a held a celebratory ‘Tea Party’ to commemorate the organisation 20th anniversary, with sandwiches and drinks galore.
At a friendly and social event held in the main hall of Rickmansworth School on April 7 from 2pm to 4pm, members of the society were treated to a lovely afternoon, with musical accompaniment on the piano from one of the school’s former students.
With more than 405 members and 61 active interest groups, the group have been an integral part of life for the town’s residents who are going through their ‘third age’ of life, as the name ‘u3a’ referenced.
There are more than 1,000 charities who are linked to the UK’s U3a Trust, with the Rickmansworth group officially registering with said trust 20 years ago in 2002.
Though it was a 20th anniversary party, it could really have been a 21st, as the group had begun to meet before registering back in 2001, with meetings about setting it up going back as early as 2000.
After being founded, Rickmansworth u3a became a major success, with 248 members having joined within nine months. Eventually membership became too big, leading to the founding of the Chorleywood and Sarratt branches of the organisation to take up the load.
To find out more about the u3a, visit their website at www.u3asites.org.uk/rickmansworth/home