Tributes paid to chairman of local U3A club

Sarah Loynes
Sarah Loynes

The chairman of a popular club in 1066 Country has died.

Sarah Loynes, who headed Hastings and Rother U3A (University of the Third Age), passed away, aged 75.

Friends and family paid tribute to her at her recent memorial service.

Sarah’s son Tim spoke about her loving relationship with her family and said his mother was happiest when helping others. He said: “One of her many qualities was her innate ability to listen. She had a strong sense of community, was very determined and never afraid to get stuck in. Faith, hope and love was what she showed in abundance.”

Sarah’s daughter-in-law Ali Hammond read the very moving poems

Ann Lowndes, chairman of Hastings and St Leonards Seniors’ Forum, spoke of Sarah’s commitment to the community. As a member of the forum and a publicity officer for Hastings and Rother U3A she gave talks and distributed leaflets, she added.

While chairman of the U3A, Sarah was instrumental in the production of the U3A book

Ann added: “I remember Sarah as a friend who was always willing to go the extra mile.”

Veronica Goddard, a close friend of Sarah’s, spoke of her as a ‘kindred spirit’. She said: “I felt fortunate to share Sarah’s love of the arts and we enjoyed trips to National Trust properties together, where cream teas regularly featured. I also have happy memories of sharing short holidays with Sarah and remember our last trip to Bournemouth with great fondness. Sarah was a remarkable woman whom I felt privileged to call a friend.”

Carol Frost spoke of Sarah’s love for God. She said Sarah enjoyed sharing her knowledge and was positive, cheerful, forward-thinking, brave, energetic, thoughtful, compassionate, fun, entertaining and intelligent.

Sarah died on Christmas Eve.