Wroxham U3A Summer Party


A move from the river bank, the location of previous summer parties, to the river itself proved to be a most successful progression.  More than 70 U3A members, their families and friends went aboard the Southern Comfort Mississippi Paddleboat to relax on a 3-hour evening voyage along the River Bure.  It was exceptionally pleasing to see several people from the neighbouring U3A groups of Horning, Aylsham and North Walsham.   
Leaving Horning village at 6pm, we pootled leisurely past the reed marshes to St Benet’s Abbey, then navigated the Fleet Dyke to South Walsham Broad, before a gentle U-turn took us back along the same route;  we watched the sun dip low in the sky as we moored at 9pm.  The weather was clement, the river was calm and stability was maintained above and below decks (evidenced by no lurching, staggering or spilling of wine).  A buffet was provided by members of the committee and a well-priced bar generally added to the flow of good humour and conversation.
It was a particularly good chance to meet up with members not seen for a while, while a fair number of cameras and smart phones aimed, zoomed and clicked at the passing scenery of boat yards, birds and buildings.
One of the highlights was the drawing of the raffle for the 2 paintings so generously donated by artist Paul Bryant at the previous General Meeting.  The 2 winners were: Jill Ramsay, who chose the delightful poppies portrait, and Margaret Cobbold, who took the snow-capped mountain landscape.  The raffle raised £150.
Many thanks to John Long and Corrie Mould for overseeing the organising, as well as other members of the committee for producing a lavish buffet.

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  • Captain
  • Christine and Margaret
  • David and Frances
  • Dennis and Margaret
  • Duo
  • Frances
  • Happy man
  • Jack
  • Jan and friend
  • Jill with Poppies
  • John
  • Joyous lady
  • Maggie and Liz
  • Margaret with Landscape
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  • Paul and Carol
  • Penny
  • Phil and Jane
  • Reflections
  • Solo man
  • Trio