Islands’ U3A Announces First Courses

The Islands’ fledgling University of the Third Age, or U3A, held a meeting at the Church Pavilion yesterday, where they launched their first courses.

The movement, which started in France in the 70s, is for retired people and part-time workers.

Volunteer tutors, often members of the group itself, offer a range of courses in informal surroundings including private homes.

Organiser, Maureen Carter, says several groups have now been confirmed as going ahead.

Mary Gibbs is going to lead the Family History group, which has eight members, meeting at the Manse at 10:30am on the last Thursday of each month.

Patrick Brown will be leading the popular French Conversation group and there will also be a smaller German conversation group, which will start when a member who signed up leaves hospital.

Lisa McGill, who gave a short presentation at the meeting on the Jubilee Sailing Trust, is leading a group on that subject and it’s hoped that one of the Jubilee tall ships will be able to visit the islands for a day of hands-on sailing.

Maureen says another activity that has proved popular is Tai Chi but they can’t start a session until they find someone to lead it – she says if any is interested they should contact her at U3A.

Maureen told us the organisation had a further 10 sign-ups at the meeting with many more coming along to express an interest.

The original meeting in December had identified over 20 interest groups that people put their names down for.

However, she said logistically, it wasn’t possible to run all of these at the moment, so members were asked to reduce the number by signing up for just one or two groups.

Maureen said they will look at delivering the other courses on a monthly basis.

The next meeting will be on 16th February at the Pavilion.


One Response to Islands’ U3A Announces First Courses

  1. Bernard Mouzer February 10, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Dear Colleague,

    After leading French language groups for U3A in Poole, Dorset UK for some years and experimenting with various learning resources which might best suit U3A members I have teamed up with a Parisian friend to develop our own free website, for French Improvers – and Beginners. I use it for my own quite large group and it is proving to be very popular elsewhere and of course members are able to use the site at home. The stories vary in level of difficulty, contain some humour to try to retain the reader’s attention and are recorded at both slow and normal speed by Patrick in his impeccable native French voice. The free site enables the reader to take time to try to emulate Patrick’s clear pronunciation and the complete programme of stories contains a substantial and growing vocabulary. We are enjoying our work and want to share it.
    This is the link.
    or just entering froggyspeak in Google should reach both the free website and our Facebook page.
    Perhaps your French language group leaders and members could find a few minutes to have a look. We would love to have feedback. If they like the website they are at liberty to use it and to pass it on to students, friends and colleagues.
    Les Aventures include all levels and go on to become quite difficult but are very popular.

    Best Wishes

    Bernard Mouzer