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Kelso Thursday Group Wound Up
In late 1991 Roger Hemming and Liz Brown of the Community Education department were looking to start an afternoon group for men and women in Kelso and approached the ‘Keep fit for the Over 50s’. After an initial false start Liz Brown and Anne Hewitt went to a U3A meeting in Edinburgh. This was explored by the remaining group who finally decided against and by September 1992 the Thursday Group was formed operating on a very
Meeting weekly, the Group researched the shops of Kelso, but also gave talks out of their own work experiences as well as several outings a year to places like the Samye Ling Monastery, Torness Nuclear Power Station, SBC’s waste disposal, the Police College at Tulliallen.
Membership peaked at 89 in 2008 and has fallen ever since. Perhaps the creation of a successful U3A didn’t help.
Isabel Gordon has been its secretary throughout, her main task being to find speakers and organise the meetings. At the final meeting on 27 April, Isabel was presented with silver lapel brooch, pendant and earrings and the Dictionary of Scottish Painters.
A basket of flowers was presented to Mary Cook, the sole survivor with Isabel, from the first meeting and the meeting ended with wine and cake organised by Joyce Roy.
The final event will be lunch on 11th May at the Borders College, Galashiels
The decision was taken to split the £426 left in the account between The St Abbs Lifeboat Appeal, the Lavender Trust, the Teenage Cancer Trust and SOBS (Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide)
Kelso Thursday Group Wound Up, Scotland