A NEW venue kicked off the New Year in style as the Hucknall and District University of the Third Age (U3A) group held its first meeting of 2012.
For the organisation is now holding its get-togethers at Hucknall Leisure Centre on Linby Road.
It has switched focus after four successful years based at the Central Methodist Church on Baker Street.
Unfortunately the location became a victim of U3A’s growing popularity and the church was no longer big enough to cope with the group’s growing membership.
Now that a new location has been confirmed, staggered membership will be offered to those on a waiting list over the next three months.
The speaker at U3A’s January meeting was Ian Morgan, who gave a talk and presentation on ‘Bolsover Castle Through The Ages’.
He explained that from humble Norman beginnings, this “magnificent” castle has developed into a “beautiful shadow of its former glory”.
The present 17th-century castle stands as a monument to the Cavendish family, who left the ‘little castle’ as their legacy.
In 1945, the site was given to the government in lieu of death duties and is now run by English Heritage.
Conservation work has revived its splendour and unveiled some of the most intact surviving interiors dating back to the 1600s.
Mr Morgan was thanked by the group for sharing his in-depth knowledge of the castle’s history, inhabitants and artwork.
The next U3A meeting is next Wednesday (February 8), when Marion Alflat will be the guest speaker at the leisure centre to give a talk entitled ‘Policing The Old-Fashioned Way’.
The U3A movement started in Toulouse, France in 1973 and is for those who are no longer in full-time employment.