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Robinson runs the Walking Group for U3A Newark and District.
Our 32 activity groups are broadly in line with other UK U3As with groups ranging from Archaeology to Walking.
When I set up the walking group I had visions of enthusiastic walkers who would push me to my limits. How wrong can you be? The group has evolved into a social group on legs. It is not the walk which is primary focus but the interactions between members. I am constantly amazed by the memories, experience and knowledge which get revealed on every walk. However I should not be surprised as each member has had a few years to fill their minds.
Thus the essence of the U3A has been revealed to me, everyone has something to contribute; all it takes is the right environment. Proud to be a member of Newark & District U3A.
We also have mini series of talks on a wide range of subjects on Tuesdays. For instance, in February and March 2012: on Poster Art. Once a month, on a Wednesday, we have the privilege of Exploring Music with Adrian Boynton (Milton Keynes orchestra Conductor): absolutely brilliant.
I've attended the Poetry Group, the Philosophy and Religion Group, and the Writing for Pleasure Group. Sharing, learning, discussing the subjects in a friendly atmosphere, always is pleasurable and informative. Why so few subjects when there are so many to choose from? Well, I am retired and therefore have little free time! As someone said: ' I am so busy it is a wonder I ever found the time to go to work'!
In the past, I have also been a Group leader, teaching French for Beginners (and false beginners!). That too was rewarding and fun. I shouldn't forget to mention an online course I did: Russian Soul - magnificent.
Being a member of the U3A Milton Keynes has furthermore allowed me access to the U3A online Australia. Splendid courses there too. Our website is at http://www.mku3a.org
Kathrine - U3A Durban, South Africa:
We have the following groups: bridge for beginners and serious players, music appreciation, tree identification walks, chemistry in the home and garden= , book Club, Societe de All Sorts which covers anything snakes and ladders, the whole Spectrum up to debating philosopjical issues and belly dancing. IT training, free-lance journalism, cooking nutritious and inexpensive meals, Croquet with prizes for whatever we decide, Zulu lessons, Conversational French And German. Organized outings from the Local Battle Fields to as far north as Botswana, the Fish River Canyon, Cherry Festival, Namaqualand Flowers.
Personal: I learnt about U3A a couple of months after the group was established, and joined. Two months later I was on the Committee! Amongst the members new friendships have developed. There are so many changes in this day and age! How Fortunate we are to be able to spread the message of U3A by personal contact, friends and all the new technology.
Joy Davies, Acting Chair, Isle of Skye U3A
Activities: Monthly meetings are held in Portree and we already have a variety of interest groups, meeting in various points around the island. Interest groups include photography, art, walking, archaeology, genealogy, literature and dog owner training (yes thats right, dog OWNER training - they believe it is the owners who need training, not the dogs)
What I like best about my U3A: We are fortunate in living on the Isle of Skye (An t-Eilean Sgitheanach in Gaelic),the largest island of the Inner Hebrides off the North West Coast of Scotland and one of the most beautiful parts of the UK. The island gives us easy access to many resources for some of our interest groups: beautiful scenery for the artists, photographers and walkers amongst us. Fascinating archaeological remains, a treasure trove for geologists and the best resource of all - group of talented and enthusiastic people who will surely turn us into a very successful group.
My personal message: This is an investment in my old age keeping mentally and physically active may not help me live longer but I believe it will help me have a happier and healthier old age. Curiously, I have noticed that old age retreats as I get older currently I see it as 80+.
Jenny Jones of Brighton and Hove U3A
1. Location: The city of Brighton & Hove is in East Sussex, UK on the coast about 50 miles south of London. Often referred to as London by the sea, Brighton & Hove is a vibrant city. Its most famous landmark is Brighton Pavilion, a former royal palace, which looks Indian on the outside and Chinese on the inside!
2. Members: Our U3A was founded in 1985 and we now have around 350 members. We are also part of the Sussex U3A Network, which organises study days for members across the region.
3. Activities: Our groups meet in a variety of locations across the city. They include Local History, Art Appreciation, Music Appreciation, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Body Basics, Computing, Autobiography, English Literature, Book Reading, Play Reading, Greek Tragedy, Family History, Discussion, Walking, Singing, Digital Photography, Scrabble, Stretch & Relax, Sunday Lunch. We also have a large and lively social group that organises an excellent programme of outings and events.
4. What I like best about our U3A: Meeting new people and learning new things. www.brightonandhoveu3a.org.uk
My name is Sharen McDonald and I am a member of MILR - the McGill Institute for Learning in Retirement in Montreal, Canada! http://www.mcgill.ca/conted/milr/milr20/
2. Members: We have over 800 members ranging in age from 55-95 and this year (2009-2010) we are celebrating our 20th Anniversary!
3. Our range of activities includes peer-learning study groups on a wide range of topics from art history to tea-ceremonies around the world, and lots more 2 hour sessions once a week for 10 weeks each term: autumn, winter and spring, lectures, helping ESL students, outreach programs, social outings to local places of interest such as the Botanical Gardens or the EcoMuseum, luncheons and festive events designed especially for this year of celebration.
4. What I like best about my U3A: the wonderful, fascinating people I have met and the doorways opened to new studies!
Champion, Hackney U3A writes....
From Anne Kirby, Warwick District U3A...
WARWICK DISTRICT U3A covers the towns of Warwick, Kenilworth and Leamington Spa in the centre of England. The first two are mediaeval towns with castles and lots of tourists; Leamington Spa developed in the 19th century when the rich sought medical cures by bathing in or drinking the natural waters. (tastes 'orrible).
WDU3A was formed 14 years ago and has 713 members.
We have 62 groups which meet weekly, fortnightly or monthly. Subjects range from crafts, music, art, history, philosophy, poetry, gardening, current events, world contrasts and languages to physical activities: dancing, sports, rambling, etc. There's something for everyone. We also have outings, occasional celebrations and holidays
Involvement in U3A has enabled me to dip into subjects as a taster and delve deeper when I want to, without the pressure of a heavy financial commitment, exams and competition. For instance we have no "experts" in our Ancient History Group but we each research a topic and share our findings with the group. It's a thoughtful way to learn and we aren't marked out of 10.
Today I attended our Open Meeting with a speaker (2 a month). Looking around I realized what a lot of friendly people I have met over the last 8 years. We've struggled together over irregular verbs, helped each other over stiles, enjoyed visiting gardens and other places of interest and offered and received hospitality. Retirement is an exciting opportunity for a new life.
Colin Roberts - U3A Johannesburg
Our branch started about six years ago, and we presently have nearly 600 members. Last year we helped a new group to form in the Eastern part of our big commercial capital city. (Cape Town is the political capital - the Mother City.) The new Group is called Joburg East. We struggled to find a more evocative name for it, but we dont have clearly defined natural boundaries on the Highveld. Our municipal namings are not anything to go by either. Joburg East is going great guns and succeeding in attracting new members from different parts of the sprawling metropolis.
I maintain the material on the common SA website for the U3A Groups in South Africa except for the ones around the Western Cape, which Peter Lawson does. All our sites can be accessed immediately from www.u3a.org.za - Johannesburg, Joburg East, Pretoria, Durban, East London, Port Elizabeth, Plettenberg Bay, Knysna and George, in addition to the ones in the W Cape. Most of our U3As offer 25 to 50 courses at a time, held in private homes, libraries, church halls, etc. In addition we all hold General Meetings monthly, addressed by eminent guest speakers.
Ive added a section to the SA Home Page listing national rebates, discounts and concessions available to Senior Citizens. It adds up to a lot more than our modest annual U3A membership. I cant recall seeing anything like that on other sites. Did I miss it?
U3A gives me a chance to do good things for my fellow seniors, trusting that they too will realize that life goes on, so stay fit and think young, and take all the benefits you can from the varied affordable stimulation that U3A can provide.
Dr Sajjan Singh is founder of the Chinmaya U3A, Rewa, in Madhya Pradesh - the first U3A in all of India.
We run some general meetings here at the Chinmaya Ashram, but also run many camps in the rural districts. You could say we have about 100 regular members/attendees.
Our studies are Fitness, Sociology, Domestic Economics, Psychology, Spirituality, and we hope to add Computing/Communications to that list of subjects.
What makes me so happy with U3A? Well we had a Gynaecologist member who lost her husband and became so depressed and withdrawn that we were concerned that she would simply pass away from her grief. We persuaded her to come to one of our rural camps and after just 4 days she called me to say it had given her a new purpose in life and now she wanted to spend her days helping those who cannot afford family planning services. U3A has that effect. Yes - those who teach shall learn,and those who learn shall teach. Dr S Singh
name is Lynette Last and I am the President of Snowy Mountains U3A
which is situated in the town of Cooma, NSW. Cooma is known as the 'Gateway
to the Snowy Mountains' and is the headquarters for the great Snowy Mountains
Hydro-electricity Scheme, hence it is a very cosmopolitan town. It is ideally
situated being approximately 1hour from the ski fields, 1 hour from Canberra,
the capital of Australia and 1 hour to the east coast. The surrounding area
is known as "The Monaro" (pronounced 'mon' as in on, 'air', 'oh')
which is an aboriginal word meaning "treeless plains" and we certainly
are. Most of the year we are in drought but at the moment the area is exceptionally
green due to the quite unusual amount of rain we are experiencing. The population
of Cooma is about 8,000 and our main source of income is industry, sheep
and cattle farming. We also have a very good tourist trade. Because of our
cold climate (often down to -15 in winter) we can grow beautiful roses and
have some quite English gardens. Our summers are tolerable compared to the
northern regions. The Monaro encompasses quite a few towns and reaches up
into The High Country' to Jindabyne, and the snowfields at Thredbo and Perisher.
We started our U3A in June 2006 and currently we have 30 members but with the push this year for more courses and tutors we are looking extremely good to increasing our membership for 2008. We are currently offering 20 courses e.g. Painting, Art in all its Mediums, Home Repairs, Hobbycraft, a Variety Group, Computing, English History, Home Budgeting, Play Reading, Public Speaking, Recorder, Musical Appreciation, Italian, Sculpting, Myer Briggs, Tai Chi, Korean Cooking, Public Speaking Listening and Communicating, and Choral Singing. We have many talks and workshops programmed; as interesting as Antarctica , Mt Everest, Precious Gemstones, Famous Australians and Health Issues.
What I like best about my U3A is the opportunity it gives me in being instrumental in offering friendship, encouragement and interests to our older citizens. It is certainly true: "Those who teach shall learn and those who learn shall teach".
Rick Swindell. Name and location - U3A Online has no physical location. Rather, it is a virtual U3A located on the Internet, open to any older person from anywhere in the world. Our main activity is providing intellectually challenging courses particularly for older people who are carers, ill, immobile or otherwise unable to travel to a U3A meeting. However other U3A members can also join. Our second major aim is to provide resources for Australian and New Zealand U3A leaders to help them to meet their members' needs.
are completed online and discussion takes place via secure online forums.
Courses can be undertaken as Independent study or, when they are available,
with an online courses leader. Members can also participate in online
like best about my U3A
Mountfort of Blackbourne U3A. Location - Suffolk, England.
Charles Afolabi J.P. is Executive Director of U3A Nigeria
We use intergenerational
programmes to break the policy of segregation of older persons which are
replaced with a strategy of participation in order to ensure a society
of all ages and ineterchange of knowledge between the older persons and
Range of activities: Groups include:- Education Tourism group, Prayer Group, Language Group, Beautification and environment Group, Culture and Heritage Group, Research Group, counselling Group, library and information Group, histroy and Politics group, sports and Recreation Group, accident prevention Group, Publication Group, Expressive Arts for all ages to express themselves through arts, Crafts, Writing, Music, movement and Narrative Arts. Museum management and curatorship Group, bringing history to life for people of all ages, working in the service of a society that needs to know its past in order to inform the future and reserve the relics.
thoughts: Our greying population in Nigeria is a skill reservoir which
has to be fully utilised if we really want the ageing society to be maintained
and continue its creativity and productiviity.
U3A greet you from Wales. Jean Hosie writes.....
Our 20+ special interest groups range from Science, French conversation, Art Appreciation, Singing, History, Poetry, Literature, Gardening, Hill Walking, Strolling, Sunday Movable Feast etc. etc. to Archaeology and Creative Writing. Of the 38 weekly lectures each year, approximately half are given by our own members and the others by invited speakers who are often friends, family members and occasionally eminent local academics, some retired and others still in harness.
A special activity
Strong links have been made with the local High School whose Music Department is particularly keen to visit and play for us, and Year 12 students are invited to attend selected lectures of particular interest.
My name is Bob Boyd and I have been a member of Bromley U3A since retiring in 1990. I have enjoyed learning, and helping others with subjects that were not possible to take up during my working life.
1. We are situated in the London Borough of Bromley, and the County of Kent, approximately 13 miles from the centre of London. We border the 'Green Belt' of countryside and the North Downs. The borough has a wealth of history and is famous for its connections with HG Wells and Charles Darwin.
2. At present we have nearly 1,800 members.
3. Our activities cover a wide range of subjects such as Art Appreciation, Computers, Languages, Local Studies, Literature, History, Music and Mathematics. Recreational activities include Golf, Dancing, Walking, Keep-fit and Tennis - to name just a few of our 90 different activities.
4. What I like best is the diversity of subjects, giving one the opportunity to try new things, listen to talks and make social contact with like minded people.
5. A personal message would be "Keep active in your retirement, both in mind and body. We all want to live an active life as long as possible, U3A is your opportunity to do so"
I'm Jean Walker - Vice President of Glenorchy U3A
We are a very recently established (2008) U3A in the city of Glenorchy, near Hobart in Tasmania, Australia.
Membership: Around 100 and growing
Range of Activities: We presently run 12 courses of ten weeks' duration over three terms. These include Tai Chi; a Book Discussion group; Meditation; Computer Skills; Art Group; Collecting; Great Scientific Discoveries; The Literature of Henry Lawson; Travels with a Camera; Maps and Map Making.
We hope to extend these next term as we have just obtained the permanent use of new premises in a local high school where we will have three classrooms, a kitchen and an office. We are looking forward to moving in and getting settled there. We were lucky enough to win a government grant for furniture and equipment.
What I like best about my U3A: the friendships and camaraderie, which have developed between members and the stimulation of continuing to learn and study at every age and stage of life.
My personal message: There are so many positive spin offs from being part of a U3A from mental and physical wellbeing to creating new friendships and gaining new knowledge and skills - all at a bargain price!
name is Natasha Strommer, I belong to Kingston U3A, Australia and our slogan
is "Friendship in Learning"
1. Kingston U3A is one of several dozens U3A-s in Melbourne, Victoria State, Australia. Our U3A is situated in Mordialloc suburb, South-East of the city.
2.We have above 300 members and growing each year.
of activities in our U3a is wide and can be summed up in several sizeable
New classes come up every year.
4. What I like best about my U3a - the very concept of a U3A as a place where I can still keep my mind and body as active as I want, participating in the range of activities.
5. My interests lie with the Science (particularly Astronomy) and Languages classes and my personal message to all "third age " people would be" "Come on, join us, participate and learn - and make friends in the process!"
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