New headquarters for expanding U3A group

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THE Hucknall and District University of the Third Age (U3A) group is looking to expand by moving to a new home, its September meeting heard.

From next January, it will hold monthly get-togethers in the dance studio at Hucknall Leisure Centre. It means an end to four years based at the Central Methodist Church on Baker Street.

Members said they were sad to leave but the group had almost 80 people on a waiting list to join and these could not be accommodated at the church.

During the meeting, entertainment came from local storyteller Pete Davis, whose talk began with memories of a shoebox of black and white photos relating to his first visit to the seaside as a child in the 1950s.

He remembered catching the bus to Nottingham and then the train to Skegness before arriving at the Golden Sands Caravan Park.

He said that after a search, he and his parents, two sisters and brother arrived at the smallest, oldest caravan on the site. Memories included knitted bathing suits and sand in his sandwiches.