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You're never too old for college!

06 October 2014

We were delighted recently to present our oldest student, Irene Bancroft, 91, from Wokingham with a voucher for a year’s free yoga classes in recognition of her 27 years attending yoga classes run by the college. Irene began the classes on the recommendation of her doctor who advised that they would help to improve and maintain her physical abilities and such was the impact of this that yoga became a key part of Irene’s life and has remained so over quarter of a century.


Upon receiving her voucher from her yoga tutor Audrey Williamson and college Principal, Campbell Christie CBE, Irene said:

“When I was told I had been given a year’s free yoga classes by the college I was overwhelmed and just couldn’t believe it. Yoga has always been such a comfort and inspiration for me both physically and spiritually and it has become a part of my everyday life. I like that you can learn at your own pace and there is no competitive element to it. My college tutor Audrey Williamson has been wonderful as she is so aware of the physical abilities of each person in the class and she is able to adapt to them. I couldn’t encourage anyone more to come and try yoga at the college.”

Yoga tutor Audrey Williamson was delighted to see Irene recognised and for the benefits of regularly attending a yoga class to be highlighted by Irene’s achievement:

“Yoga is a way of life which can help to keep you physically fit, mentally alert and support you during difficult situations and this has certainly been the case for Irene. Irene is a regular attender and not much stops her coming to her yoga class. She always has a ready smile and most importantly she has fun doing her class. Irene is an inspiration to us all!”


College Principal Campbell Christie was pleased to be recognise Irene’s long term commitment to the college:

“Irene’s story demonstrates the continuing impact the college has on the lives of people in our local community. It is never too late for anyone to start learning or developing themselves and if they decide to do so we are in a position to offer courses to help them. I was delighted to be able to meet with Irene  and present her with this voucher as I believe her dedication to her course and continued support of the college truly deserved to be recognised.”

If you are interested in following in Irene’s footsteps and enrolling on the Yoga course or any of the college’s other adult leisure time courses call 0485 330 3343 or email Courses run in the daytime, evenings and on Saturdays. It’s never too late to start and if you book before 31 August you will receive a 10% early bird discount off the course fee.

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