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Sunday, 18 September 2022

University of 3rd Ageu3a Lectern Unveiled to the Memory of David Sutcliffe

At the September u3a meeting held at the Central Methodist Hall, Todmorden a new lectern was unveiled in the memory of the late member David Sutcliffe. David's daughters, Alex and Hilary, had decided to leave a bequest to the Todmorden u3a to remember their father and what the u3a meant to him and their mum.

Group shot of David's family after the unveiling (from right to left), Daughter Alex Greenwood, Grandson Josh Greenwood, Brother Terry Sutcliffe.

After much deliberation the u3a committee decided that a lectern to be used at their monthly meetings would be a fitting tribute to David. It took over a year to have the lectern built from scratch, then have a u3a logo hand carved and fitted along with the commemorative plaque to David.

Alex Greenwood, David's daughter, who lives in Hebden Bridge, unveiled the lectern at the beginning of their monthly meeting and said, "I wanted to say thank you for everything the u3a do for the community. My father and mother joined not long after the u3a was formed in Todmorden and participated in many group activities including the science, theatre and walking groups. One of the highlights for Dad was travelling with the science group to Cern to visit the Hadron Collider, and he talked about it for a long time afterwards! After Mum passed away, the u3a gave Dad a routine and companionship, which Hilary and I were very grateful for." Alex unveiled the lectern and it was put into immediate use by the speaker of the day Noel Moroney.

The u3a logo on the lectern was carved by local wood carver John Adamson, a u3a member, who said. "It's been a privilege to do this carving as I have been a member of Todmorden u3a since it started, and as a local wood carver working on commissions, I was pleased to do this for the u3a.".

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