U3A Hold Annual General Meeting

University of the Third Age members

University of the Third Age members

University of the Third Age membership has fallen slightly over the past year, in part because Lifelong Learning is offering similar subjects for courses.

But the group says their approach remains popular.

There are now 37 regular participants but 45 would be the optimum number according to joint chair Maureen Stuttaford.

In their annual general meeting last week, Maureen was re-elected the chair, which she shares with Roy Barnes.

Linda Wornes remains secretary and Sue Williams treasurer. The group retained the same committee to ensure continuity for another year.

The islands’ U3A was formed two years ago and it’s part of an international volunteer movement that hailed from France. Locals with specific skills volunteer to share their knowledge with other retired or part time islanders in an informal setting such as a group member’s home.

Maureen says the French and German language sessions have proved popular and they plan to add a Italian language and cookery option soon.