Tree marks anniversary
Wells University of the Third Age (U3A)
A tree to mark the 20th anniversary of the Wells U3A has been donated to the Bishop's Palace.
The betula ermanii (a variety of birch) was ceremonially planted by Rosie Lean, the U3A's first chairman (1993-95), in the company of six out of seven past chairmen, committee members and some of the 600 members of the organisation.
Current chairman, Ray Bennett, said: "The U3A in Wells is a very active organisation, and we enjoy 'lifelong learning' in an informal and enjoyable way.
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"We explore a wide range of interests including art, music, history and astronomy as well as physical activities such as walking, boules, croquet and cycling.
He said there are several special events planned to celebrate the anniversary, including a charity quiz in aid of Somerset and Wessex Eating Disorders Association (SWEDA) on February 22 and a barbecue in the summer.
"We are very grateful to Mrs Lean for donating the tree, which literally roots the organisation in the community of Wells, here at the Bishop's Palace," said Mr Bennett.
Sarah Duthie, in her last week as general manager of the Bishop's Palace, said that she was very pleased to have this contribution to the recent development of Palace Green.
"It is a fitting tribute to an organisation which is a vital part of the community and a great addition to the welcome we offer to this splendid place for all the people of Wells."
For more information about the Wells U3A visit www.u3awells.org.uk.