CAKE IS CUT

Talk on Moat Brae at an­niver­sary event

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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

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