It was a busy summer for the members of Stone U3A who have enjoyed a wide variety of outdoor activities during the warmer weather.

One of the most unusual pursuits, not just locally but across the 999 branches countrywide, the U3A Hawaiian Canoeing group paddle every week on Trentham Lake and are based at Trentham Canoe Club. The group has been in existence for more than a decade.

Led by effervescent octogenarian, Ivor Warrilow, the group also make trips to other waters. Previous ventures have been to the River Severn and this year there have been two outings to Rudyard Lake. This location, between Leek and Macclesfield, provides a beautiful setting for away days.


The lake is 2.5 miles long and was constructed over two centuries ago to supply the expanding water system of the West Midlands. On their last outing, the group paddled the length of the lake twice relishing the lovely scenery and wildlife. After a well-earned break, which included superb bacon sandwiches at the lakeside cafe, the group visited the Rudyard Visitor Centre, which provided a fascinating insight into the history and use of the waters.