University Of The Third Age Holds First AGM

Yesterday's AGM in the Methodist Hall

The Islands’ new University of the Third Age, or U3A, held their first AGM yesterday at the Methodist Hall.

The Isles of Scilly U3A was established in November last year and has spent the last few months setting up self-managed educational and leisure groups in areas such as conversational French, photography and astronomy.

50 residents have signed up so far and the numbers look set to grow in the coming months.

Yesterday’s AGM was a chance for members to get an update on the progress of each study group.

They also agreed their constitution and elected a committee.

Maureen Carter, who has played a big role in establishing the group, was elected Chairman, with Roy Barnes as Vice Chairman and Lisa Magill Brown taking on the role of Treasurer.

Maureen says it’s fantastic that they’ve reached their milestone of 50 members, something she says she “dreamed of but never thought would happen.”

Unfortunately, the group are still looking for a Secretary but Maureen’s confident they’ll get a volunteer soon.

The U3A is different to normal, organised educational courses because members organise their own groups. That means finding somewhere to learn, often group members’ own houses, and finding a tutor.

Some groups, such as French, German, Music Appreciation, Photography, Jubilee Sailing and Family History have got off to a flying start, while others have struggled a bit to get off the ground.

However, there was good news for the Tai Chi class, with Five Islands School headmaster, Bryce Wilby, stepping in to teach classes. That’s expected to start next month.

The astronomy and gardening groups are also expected to get off the ground next month.

The next meeting will be held at the Methodist Hall on Thursday 19th April.