21 Today! We’ve got the key of the door ……

On Saturday, 10th October 2016, the Old Bat Colony echoed with laughter, songs, clapping and chat coming from the rooms and verandahs of the lovely old house that is now home to Ipswich & West Moreton U3A.

The afternoon was a double celebration – the official opening of the new campus of U3A and the its coming of age – 21 years serving the Ipswich & West Moreton community.

The afternoon was opened by President Di Dickinson who acknowledged the local aboriginal elders, welcomed the guests and then handed over to the Mayor of Ipswich.  After the formalities of his speech and acknowledgements of the work of U3A Paul (the Mayor) was about to cut the cake when he was loudly accosted by two very bossy women – Dottie & Nettie.

Dottie & Nettie are the Trillbillys who entertained the guests during the afternoon, and who are old friends of Paul’s.  As soon as they stormed in (demanding that the cutting of the cake was their job and right) Paul fell to his knees – both to signify surrender and to pay homage to those Powerful Forces.

It may also be the Trillbilly’s who caused the Mayor to say out loud and publicly – “You’ve got your air conditioning!” after they fanned their hot flushes.

The Trillbillys entertained the guests with skits on challenges faced by most Senior Citizens. and the compliments from the audience kept on coming during the afternoon.

There was also a slideshow running continuously showing past activities and people.

But most of all  – the afternoon tea.  We all love a good afternoon tea and this was certainly Good!  Everyone brought a plate, but it was the organisation of the feast that made it all run smoothly.

Thank you to Sheenagh Kelly and her band of volunteers for organising the catering and then clearing up afterwards. 

Thank you to the dignitaries who stayed to enjoy the show and to chat afterwards:

  • Mayor Paul Pisasale

  • Ben Hayward (also from the Mayor’s office)

  • Councillor Cheryl Bromage

  • MP Shayne Neumann, Member for Blair

And now, a lovely PS.

In his Ipswich Economic Alert Column the Mayor recently wrote:

More positive people can be found in the fabulous U3A learning community. U3A Ipswich turned 21 this week and I’d like to thank them for providing fantastic learning and social activities in the community. Their programs are open to anyone over 18 years of age. Take a look at their website to learn more.