Retirement group commemorates Bombardment of Hartlepool

Some of the members of the Hartlepool U3A
Some of the members of the Hartlepool U3A

A RETIREMENT group has reached a milestone of achieving over 100 members and is celebrating by commemorating a century since the Bombardment of Hartlepool.

The Hartlepool U3A (University of the Third Age) has gone from strength to strength since it was formed three years ago, managing to attract over 100 members from residents of the town and neighbouring areas.

Members of the Hartlepool U3A.

Members of the Hartlepool U3A.

Dennis McClelland, acting chairman of Hartlepool U3A, said: “Our monthly meetings with a guest speaker are proving extremely popular and the growing membership means we can now offer members the choice of 15 activity groups, from bowls and board games, to gardening and photography.

“We even have one group that just goes out to lunch.”

He added: “To mark this 100-member milestone, and to commemorate the Bombardment of Hartlepool 100 years ago, we will be staging a special drama on Monday, December 15, called ‘Women and the Great War’ by the History Wardrobe.

“The drama will tell stories of ordinary women in extraordinary times, told through their clothes.

“To make the event special, members of the U3A will be dressing in period costume and baking cakes from turn of the century recipes.”

The event is free to Hartlepool U3A members and £5 for non-members.

Membership of the Hartlepool U3A is open to all local residents in their third age who have ceased full-time employment, and is a self-managed, lifelong learning co-operative with charity status.

Its main aim is to help local residents pursue learning for fun – no qualifications are required and none are given.

For further details telephone 07706 099518.