60 over 60 highlights is an initiative by Cornwall Council that acknowledges the achievements of sixty inspirational residents across Cornwall who have taken steps to live and age well in their sixties and beyond.
Launched in April this year, after a long shortlisting process carried out by Councillor Rob Rotchell, Nigel Clark from Age UK Cornwall and Helen Tite from iCareiMove, Lucille is one of the chosen 60. Here’s what was said of this amazing Bude woman:
Lucille Opie is an active and engaged member of her local community in Bude.
Lucille – at the age of 90 – gives her time to support a number of committees and projects, including the committee for; Bude and Stratton Hospital, The Bude Canal Trust and The Old Cornwall Society. Despite her busy lifestyle, she is always available to chat to friends or help those with a problem.
She also runs a regular creative writing course and is very involved with the Bude U3A. She explains: “I am passionate about Cornwall and Bude and since my retirement from teaching in 1995, I have belonged and still belong to several voluntary groups. The U3A is an excellent organisation that helps bring communities together and there are also many other voluntary groups in Bude. I feel this is because Bude is small and small is beautiful.”
Alongside this, Lucille was a member of the steering group for the Bude canal regeneration in 2008 and continues today as a trustee of Bude Canal and Harbour Society where she, along with other volunteers, are currently working together to celebrate its bicentenary.
She believes that being part of a community is the key to finding happiness and success in life and feels that “we cannot do things or accomplish things on our own. It requires a group
of strong like-minded people who love their area and have the challenge of a goal to work towards that will improve and therefore benefit the whole community.”
Well done to Lucille, and to Lynda for nominating her.