University celebrates 25th birthday

The Mayor of Milton Keynes Councillor Catriona Morris and Mrs Jan Lloyd  with MKU3A Chair Jess Madge cutting the Anniversary Cake
The Mayor of Milton Keynes Councillor Catriona Morris and Mrs Jan Lloyd with MKU3A Chair Jess Madge cutting the Anniversary Cake

MORE than 140 people came to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Milton Keynes University of the Third Age.

Universities of the Third Age, known as U3As, are for people who are no longer in full time work. There are currently over 800 nationally.

The Mayor of Milton Keynes Councillor Catriona Morris and Mrs Jan Lloyd  with MKU3A Chair Jess Madge

The Mayor of Milton Keynes Councillor Catriona Morris and Mrs Jan Lloyd with MKU3A Chair Jess Madge

The idea of forming a branch in Milton Keynes was first put forward in 1986 at a meeting of the Age Concern Council. Three months after this, a public launch meeting was held at the Council Chamber, which the Mayor and Chairman of the Bucks County Council Education Committee attended.

The first Open Meeting followed in October 1987 and was held at the Civic Offices. It was addressed by a speaker from the Red Cross. By the end of that year there were almost 100 paid up members attending a variety of groups throughout the town.

Now, the MK U3A can boast more than 1,000 members with about 80 different groups of interest ranging from art, music, gardening, walking, keep fit and many more.

This year MK’s U3A is celebrating its 25th anniversary and to mark this, a special Open Meeting was held at the Chrysalis Theatre last Wednesday.

The Chair of MK U3A, Jess Madge, welcomed the Mayor of Milton Keynes, Councillor Catriona Morris who was accompanied by a former Mayor, Mrs Jan Lloyd, MK’s older person’s champion.

The Mayor did the honours and cut the cake and the afternoon concluded with the audience enjoying the cake, with a welcome cup of tea.

For more information, visit the MK U3A website.