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.


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