Silver lining for city’s special university

The Lord Mayor with chair of the organisation Shelagh Wolliscroft
The Lord Mayor with chair of the organisation Shelagh Wolliscroft
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MEMBERS of Sheffield University of the Third Age attended a civic reception at the town hall to mark the organisation’s silver jubilee.

Lord Mayor Alan Law hosted the event for the group, which was formed 25 years ago by a small group of retired people. It has since grown to nearly 2,900, making it the biggest U3A in the country, despite having no premises and no paid staff.

Activities range from photography and philosophy to wood carving and family history and the group organises day trips, concert visits and short breaks, helps universities with research and provides volunteers to help primary pupils catch up with their reading.

Right: the Lord Mayor with chair of the organisation Shelagh Wolliscroft.