CAKE IS CUT
Talk on Moat Brae at anniversary event
Celebrating a decade of U3A
The U3A celebrated its 10th anniversary at its recent 2018 annual meeting.
The educational group enjoyed a talk from Dame Barbara Kelly, chairman of the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust.
Under the title Moat Brae House and Garden – A Dream becoming Reality, members heard how Moat Brae was built in 1823 as a country house and family home on the edge of Dumfries.
In later years JM Barrie spent many happy years playing adventure games in the gardens with the children who lived there.
This was the basis of his stories about Peter Pan and Tinkerbell and the lost children of Neverland.
Following changes of ownership over the years, the house became a nursing home in the early 20th century.
Dame Barbara explained her involvement, helping to preserve the house from demolition in 2009 and supporting the campaign to raise nearly £8 million to ensure its future as a national centre for children’s literature.
She said afterwards : “I was honoured to be asked to talk at the 10th anniversary event for the U3A.
“I hadn’t realised just how big the local organisation was and I was astounded at the diverse range of activities taking place.
“It was inspirational for me to meet many U3A members and share some of their own tales of Moat Brae.
“I hope members will be encouraged to come and see the Moat Brae dream for themselves.”
Chris Leamy, chairman of the Stewartry U3A, said: “We celebrate our 10th anniversary by knowing that retired or semi-retired people in the Stewartry need never feel bored, lonely or isolated.
“We now have more than 300 members enjoying more than 50 different kinds of activity groups which provide learning, fun and friends for everyone no longer in full-time work.
“All this activity is conducted by members who volunteer and give their time and knowledge generously.
“This anniversary is a chance to thank the dedicated group leaders and committee members both past and present who have contributed to our success.”
More than 100 members enjoyed a celebratory tea after Dame Barbara’s talk at the Cocoa Bean, in Twynholm.
The next speaker will be Dave Hook with The Journey of Dumfries and Galloway Blood Bikes on Tuesday, January 22, at 2pm in Castle Douglas Parish Church.
For more information visit http:// stewartryu3a.org.uk.
Talk Dame Barbara Kelly
Renovated Moat Brae House beside the River Nith
Honour Liz Cutler and Chris Leamy cut the cake