What is the U3A?
The University of the Third Age is an association set up for people of any adult age. Qualifications are not needed and are not given.
Our members organise themselves into groups, usually led or co-ordinated by one of the members themselves, to pursue any interest they have in common. We do not pay anyone to facilitate groups and all members are expected to contribute in any way they can, either by their expertise and experience, or by active participation in the groups. If we all do just a little, then no one has to bear a great burden.
All work and no play?
Many activity groups appear to have little educational content although the very act of association and of getting to know other people is in itself a way of broadening one’s horizon. You may thus find yourself on a ramble chatting to a former architect, a farm worker, or a civil servant. You may also be sitting in a group learning about patchwork or Shakespeare. New groups could start at any time if you are willing to lead one. The essential thing is that we enjoy ourselves in so doing.
U3A Roseland and District is completely autonomous and is run by a committee, which is elected at the Annual General Meeting by members who are present. Almost anyone may stand for election, and we always need fresh blood from members who are going to take the movement forward in a positive manner, especially on the Roseland and District if it is to succeed. Committee meetings last about 30 minutes - and there are also many tasks that need to be carried out which do not require you to become a Committee member.
Most of our meetings are held during daylight hours during the week and groups could meet in the evenings if members so wish. Some are held in rooms which we hire, others are in members’ homes, and some take place out of doors.
Your subscription pays for the hire of rooms and there are no additional charges other than materials you use within the group and, of course, you pay for your own lunch.
Each alternate month there is a monthly meeting at either Probus Village Hall or Gerrans Parish Memorial Hall, Portscatho. Monthly meetings start at 10.00 am for coffee and chat, and often have a guest speaker from 10.45 am until 11.45 am or they might run as a social coffee morning. This is a good opportunity to buy a cup of tea or coffee beforehand, enjoy an hour’s friendly conversation with fellow members, and buy inexpensive goodies from the sales table.
Membership costs £15.00 from now until the end of March 2013. This entitles you to join all the interest groups that exist although you will be expected to buy your own craft materials, or similar accessories.
A free newsletter will be prepared, printed and distributed every month. It includes details of many events planned, and lists any important items of news. Every three months the U3A News, the newsletter of the Third Age Trust (our National Office) is produced, which you may collect from meetings. U3A Roseland and District is just one of more than 820 U3As affiliated to the Third Age Trust in the United Kingdom.
Leading a group is great fun, and extremely rewarding. Why not give it a try? You’ll love it. Guidance and support are available from the beginning.
Shirley Davis is the Groups’ Co-ordinator and is happy to help you get started (01872 – 270030).
Contact person for joining is Margaret Goudge : 01726 - 65794 firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to contribute to this wonderful organisation please don’t hesitate to make contact with the Membership Secretary who will be very pleased to direct you in the right manner so that both you, and the U3A gains.
Membership in August 2006 started with 17 and now stands at over 130.
Do join us. You’ll love it.