Anniversary celebration for Stawell U3A

Celebrations for twenty-five years of U3A (University of the Third Age) Stawell and District were held at the Goldfields Restaurant at the end of May.

Foundation members Margot and Ken Woodcock, Joyce Matheson and Joyce Dowsett, cut the celebratory cake.

Foundation members Margot and Ken Woodcock, Joyce Matheson and Joyce Dowsett, cut the celebratory cake.

The guest speaker for the occasion was Christina Hindhaugh OAM, acclaimed author of four best selling books and executive director of the Glenelg River Rosemary Farm.

Christina provided much laughter for the U3A members and guests with her glorious monologue on the complexities, absurdities and misuse of the English language.

Foundation member Margo Woodcock also gave a very informative, but light-hearted talk on how U3A Stawell and District had its beginnings and reminded the members and guests of some of the group's most interesting members.

Secretary Val Toomey then launched the U3A Silver Jubilee book that she had put together for the occasion.

Apart from the four remaining foundation members that were there to cut the cake, it is also important to note that there are at least ten members that have been and still are attending programs for the past twenty-two years or more.

As the group celebrated twenty-five years, the first U3A in the world, started by Professor Pierre Vellas in Toulouse, France were celebrating their fortieth.

A special thank you from the U3A members goes out to the Northern Grampians Shire for their help on the day.

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