Last night I attended the annual awards ceremony for learning and skills in Sandwell. This is Sandwell’s equivalent of the BAFTAs and a very well run event held at our local football stadium The Hawthorns. This event is in its fourth year, coincidently the same amount of time our little organisation Sandwell University of the Third Age (U3A) has been operating. At every one of the award ceremonies we have had either a runner up, a certificate of achievement or last year an outright winner of one of the categories. Well done Sandwell for funding and organising the event and very well done to all the inspirational people who received awards last night. Our most famous son Blind Dave Healy was one of the speakers and a new inspirational award was presented in his name. Not only is Dave an inspiration to us all in West Brom he’s a very funny after dinner speaker.
I mentioned in one of my earlier posts on local politics the lack of these awards in West Brom and the total lack of anything like it in our ward, Newton. This function must have cost a bob or two to put on but the local events need not be lavish affairs.
A very enjoyable evening garnished by the fact I won a couple of match day tickets to see WBA.
Ps I was awarded a certificate in recognition of outstanding accomplishment in the Training Provider of the Year category. Not bad for a rooky bunch of OAPs eh?