By Alan Comerie
U3A is an international movement which brings together people in their third age to develop their interests and continue their learning in a friendly and informal environment.
By the third age we mean after you have finished working full time or raising your family and have time to pursue your interests or just try something new.
U3A’s members draw upon their knowledge and experience to teach and learn from each other, but there are no qualifications to pass.
It is just for pleasure and personal development. You can be as involved as little or as much as you want to be.
Burton Joyce & District U3A, which celebrated its 10th birthday in March 2018 and now has 430 members, meets on the second Tuesday of each month at Burton Joyce Village Hall, Trent Lane, Burton Joyce, NG14 5EY between 1:30pm and 3:45pm.
Monthly meetings are usually attended by around 100 members and feature a speaker. Prospective new members are greeted and shown what the U3A has to offer.
We have nearly 80 interest groups run by members, for members, including aerobics, antiques, bridge, canasta, gardening, history, kurling, languages, music, petanque, photography, table tennis, theatre, walking/rambling, ukulele and wine tasting.
You can try a group out with no-obligation and if you like it, join online or by adding your name to the sign-up sheets available at every monthly meeting.
We also arrange trips and visits for members. Their University Interest Group for example has arranged talks about satellites, linguistics and muscle ageing over the past 16 months.
The talks – eight in total so far – from eminent university academics have also included driverless cars, sustainable chemistry, English place names and eco-energy homes.
Trips have also been arranged to the WW1 battlefields in Northern France and Belgium, and to Holland’s tulip fields.
In a few months’ time there will be visits to Cambridge, Buxton Opera House for Gilbert & Sullivan’s Mikado and later in the year to the Thursford Christmas Spectacular in Norfolk.
For more information please visit the website www.bju3a.co.uk and click on the link to the monthly newsletter, Newsline.