The membership of Y's Retired of UK is made up of those people, both lay and paid staff, who have served the YMCA International Movement either at home or abroad for a minimum of six years. Within its membership are those who worked tirelessly for this ecumenical Christian movement which on 6th June 2015 had it's 171 birthday, being founded by George Williams in 1844.
Y's Retired of UK is made up from the four nations of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. They enjoy a tremendous friendship together and are very proud of the legacy that their hard, committed work has left for the present and future YMCA staff and youth generations.
Above - The 2015 gathering of the South West Y's Retired in Treloyhan Manor - St Ives - Cornwall
Back row:- Ray Allen, Sam Johnston, Liz Harper, Tom Libby, Mervyn Moorehead, Val Libby, Paul Harper, David Libby, Des Willcox, Steven Milner, David H Smith
Front Row: Maureen Johnston, Beryl Moorehead, Joyce Finnemore, Margaret Libby Hillary Robins, Mary Jarman, Hanna Milner Pearl Willcox, Sue Smith
Joyce Finnemore, Mary Jarman, Elizabeth Harper, Reg Wake, Ray Onions, Paul Harper, Val Libby, Margaret Libby, Hillary Robins, Tom Libby, Ray Allen, Ivor Cresswell, Steven and Hanna Milner, Geoff Cooper, Anne Cresswell, Mervyn Moorehead, David Libby, Des Willcox, Pearl Willcox, Beryl Moorehead, Sarah Jan Cooper - also in attendance, Sue and David Smith
A wonderful reunion was enjoyed by those who participated in this, the second most recent National Reunion fully organised by the President Jim Lamb and a vist to the new build of Erdington YMCA.
South West Ys Retired Group - held at Plymouth Methodist Hall Oct 2010
The South West group met in St Ives again at Treloyan Methodist Centre in April of 2010 and in the October met at Methodist Central Hall in Plymouth
The names of those who attended the reunion in September 2009 in Birmingham are from left to right; Pat Haworth, Paul Harper, Ted Milburn, Eddie Brady, Brian Rowcliffe, Alex Cloke, Jim Lamb, Fred Daldry, Ray Allen, Jim Thomson, Mary Thomson, Gilbert Dickson, Hannah Milner, Leila Evenden, Peter Brookes, Reg Wake, Tony Malcolm, Stephen Milner.
Left to right:- Mike Fairbeard – CEO of Bath YMCA, Norman Owen; Janet Hopkins, Mervyn and Beryl Moorehead; Paul Harper; David Libby, Mrs Pendle Mrs Bellotti, David Pendle, David Bellotti, Stuart and Hillary Page and Margaret Libby. Hilary Robins and Joyce Finnemore are centre front
In July 2008 - members of the YMCA Training Course 1960-61, met for what has become an Annual Reunion over the years
This took place at the Willowfield Hotel, Arnside, Cumbria, as it has done for a number of years, a beautiful area, overlooking the River Kent estuary, ideal for bird-watching, walking and watching the trains trundle over the bridge.
Those attending were Arthur & Rosemary Bennett, Stewart & Hilary Page, Paul & Liz Harper, Peter & Olive Brookes, Ted Milburn & Jeannie Mackenzie, Freda Sutherland-Scott, Barbara Kent.
As they say a “good time was had by all,” including a visit to Blackwell House, plenty of trips down memory lane, and most important lots of laughter, with happy memories of Keith Sutherland- Scott, and Michael Kent.