Wales Coast and Borders

3 men happily strolling along the beach

It has been good to see the Wales Coastline and Border Celebration gain some further momentum. We have had more contact with 15 U3As from across Wales and the number increased again in the last week of January, with some images from Cowbridge U3A which capture the enjoyment and challenge of walking events as part of a U3A group, from Pembrokeshire to Barry Island. We have also had individual written contributions – childhood memories of the old docks at Connahs Quay, and from a fishing party’s camping trip to Ynys Echni (Flat Holm) – see the Facebook Group page.

At an event organised by Ageing Well in Wales – Flintshire U3A was able to promote the U3A project and to invite those attending to think about the places around the coastline and border which they would recommend to others. This produced 80 responses, including one from Sara Rochira, the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, who spoke about the bluebell woods in the grounds of Manobier Castle.

It has been great to receive a steady trickle of material and the growing bank of photographs from individuals and groups. These will help to create a record of great places and a collective mood to provide a source of inspiration. We will upload as many images and stories as we can to the Facebook Group: Coastline and Border

To get involved, email u3acoastandborder@gmail.com