Take A Cue from Ilkley, Settle and Bradford u3a

a group of men playing snooker

The Bradford u3a Snooker Group meet every Thursday afternoon to play. Last Thursday, however, was different. They held a Snooker Competition between three different u3a Snooker Groups – Ilkley, Settle and Bradford. Thirteen players took part.

It was all the idea of Settle u3a member Les.  Although this was before Lockdown, Les nevertheless began to think about how to help people come together afterwards and do something sociable. And a snooker competition seemed to fit the bill. “I thought let’s share our love of snooker and have some fun. We might even learn from one another”. The one thing Les was sure about was that the winning was not what was to be important; it was the enjoyment of playing together that was to count. And so it turned out.

The day was a great success. It was arranged in singles and doubles and every time Bernard blew his whistle (what a noise!) they all changed round making sure everyone got a turn to play different competitors. There was a great of enjoyment throughout the morning and then, perhaps best of all, Bernard blew his whistle for the Pie and Pea lunch the Club provided. The dining room and the well stocked bar was buzzing with the men swopping tales of missed opportunities and successful shots!

The afternoon session proved to be just as lively and when the scores were added up, Bradford u3a member George was the winner. There was no prize, just the satisfaction of a day well spent with fellow snooker fans.