Group hears tales from far and wide

Members of Morpeth and District U3A travel group in Goslar, Germany, in 2013, from left, Joyce Tweddle, Kitty Robson, leader Doreeen Bolam, Val MacAlister, Ann Whitfield, Elizabeth Silvester, Sheila Adamson and Elaine Forster.
Members of Morpeth and District U3A travel group in Goslar, Germany, in 2013, from left, Joyce Tweddle, Kitty Robson, leader Doreeen Bolam, Val MacAlister, Ann Whitfield, Elizabeth Silvester, Sheila Adamson and Elaine Forster.

Moprpeth and District U3A

INTRODUCED by Chairman Garth Miller, who in reverse thanked her for her presentation before it began, Doreen Bolam provided an afternoon of far-away delights as she told U3A members of the Travel Group’s adventures over the years.

Doreen, herself a member of Morpeth U3A, explained how she was ‘gently pressed’ into being a leader of the Travel Group.

Although her intention was to relax and enjoy her retirement, Doreen had posted an idea into the current suggestion box and soon found herself helping, and then becoming a Travel Group Leader.

Seven other members than gave their accounts of Morpeth U3A holidays over the years, from Yugoslavia to Rome, Annecy, Lake Como, Lake Maggiore, even Edinburgh — Lake Como being the most popular, with 34 people enjoying that particular holiday.

Each member recalled the happy times enjoyed together and the funny and unexpected happenings too.

Between each of the presentations, Doreen linked together each year’s travel stories with memories of her own, much to the delight of her audience.

The last speaker, Eileen Elliott, thanked Doreen for organising so many enjoyable holidays over the years.

Last year, the group travelled to Germany for a wonderful tour of the cities linked with fairy tales.

This year plans are in hand for the Travel Group to visit Malta in March, Lake Trasimeno in June and Derbyshire in August.

The Travel Group, as can be seen, is a much travelled and very interesting group.

The speaker at the Morpeth U3A at the Rugby Club on Tuesday was another member, Rex Clark, who talked about Local History Through The Post, which also covered postal communications during The Great War period.

Further information on Morpeth U3A can be found by telephoning 01670 505899, or by visiting the website www.u3asites.org.uk/morpeth