HOLMES Chapel and District u3a (University of the Third Age) has planted a sapling in the village to commemorate its 10th anniversary.

The Cardinal Royal Rowan tree was planted on April 1 and will flower with white blossom in the spring and has red berries in the autumn.

PR and communications lead, Peter Shields, said: “Planting this Rowan tree on Chester Road in Holmes Chapel today marks the culmination of all our special events to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Holmes Chapel’s u3a – most of which we managed to complete in spite of the pandemic and associated restrictions.

“We are very grateful to Holmes Chapel Parish Council for all their support.

“This sapling is a sign of hope, looking to the future, which represents the u3a’s ambition to help our members look forward to interesting and enjoyable activities this year and in our next decade.”

Run on an entirely voluntary basis, the group brings together people who are no longer in full-time employment to enjoy shared activities and learning opportunities.

The emphasis is on mutual support, socialising and fun.

There are various groups, including arts and crafts, walking, games and sports, health and fitness, history, languages, literature, music and theatre visits.

Peter continued: “Our u3a has 650 members, who meet in more than 50 groups ranging from Japanese to ping pong, from computing skills to guitar.

“We are keen to welcome new members, including those who may wish to set up and lead a new group in a subject where they have a passion.

“Our enrolment day is in early September each year.

“To find out more, see holmeschapelu3a.org/uk and use the ‘contact us’ link.”