A CELEBRATION reception took place at the weekend to mark Aughton and Ormskirk University of the Third Age’s 10th birthday.
The reception was attended by lots of members of the U3A, which has grown to 3,300 members since its inception in 2003.
MP Rosie Cooper and the Mayor of West Lancashire, Iain Ashcroft, joined the party and enjoyed meeting members at the event at Ormskirk School.
The chairwoman of the U3A, Dorothy Harrison, said: “There are definite positives to old age, as the U3A has shown. There is so much enthusiasm among members and there are always new ideas being put forward by people.
“The organisation helps to feed people’s curiosity and our members learn as well.”
The U3A has created more than 100 programmes and events each month, such as five-a-side football, internet courses and holidays.
It has also inspired and influenced the development of 14 other new U3A groups in the area.
Stella Potter, 85, joined the U3A after the death of her husband.
Stella said: “The U3A literally changed my life. I’ve made so many friends through the organisation and I’ve learnt so much it’s fantastic.
“I’ve been on holiday with them and to the theatre; it’s just a marvellous group to be a part of.”
In an address to the reception, Cllr Ashcroft said: “The room is buzzing tonight, it’s wonderful to have a community working together.
“The U3A is a real mark of success, the growth has been remarkable and I’m sure there will be even better things to come in the future.”
Ms Cooper, the Labour MP for West Lancashire, echoed the mayor’s sentiments and said: “It’s a fantastic organisation, their accomplishments are just incredible.
“I’ll be joining when I can to learn Latin.”