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By the end of 1960 there were already many Estonians of pensionable age living in Bradford and surrounding towns.

By the end of 1960 there were already many Estonians of pensionable age living in Bradford and surrounding towns. After retirement they felt lonely and useless as most Estonians were still working full time. So the idea was born to organise their own pastimes and gatherings.

The Association of the Estonian Pensioners of Bradford - Eesti Pensionaride Uhing Bradfordis - was founded by 12 retired people on 22 May 1968. The oldest of them Oskar Kriisa was the first chairman. By the end of the year there were already 37 members.

From the beginning the Association organised coffee afternoons, concerts and Christmas dinners. As more Estonians retired the membership grew and exceeded one hundred. Then came years when we lost many members through sickness and death. Now there are 62 members left and most of them of great age.

The Pensioners Association organised daytrips to the seaside, Lake District and Estonian House in Leicester. No daytrips are organised nowadays. About 30-40 take part in the Association's anniversary dinner parties, autumn gatherings and Christmas dinners. The catering is mostly done by the Lady's Circle. The active Committee members running the Association are chairman Klaus Ratnik and secretary/cashier Lia Ottan.