AN adult learning centre welcomed a special guest to an open meeting of its free learning service.

Bracknell Town Deputy Mayor Cllr Sandra Ingham attended the U3A open meeting at Bracknell Adult Learning Centre, in Rectory Lane, on Thursday, April 5.

U3A is an inclusive organisation which provides opportunities for free learning for people who are not in full-time employment.

The meeting's keynote speaker Michaela Moody, Vice Chair of the Third Age Trust, travelled from Lincolnshire to speak about the history of the organisation, from its roots in France to the thriving 1,024 groups it leads across the UK today.

The Bracknell branch currently has 540 members who take part in a wide range of activities, from small group sessions in individual's homes, to trips away in larger groups.

Cllr Ingham said: "You might think of parks, open spaces and sports facilities when you think of Bracknell Town Council but we are we are all about the well-being of our residents. As people live longer and healthier lives, it is important to keep engaged and active as we get older and life long learning is a wonderful goal."