Question When is a university not a university? Answer When it’s the University of the Third Age.
The purpose of each charity is to help local members with shared interests meet, form groups and enjoy themselves.
‘Third Age’? Anyone of more mature years and no longer in employment. In fact like-minded people staying active and learning from each other. Many try something new; some follow up an old interest.
Michael Cockett, Chair, Reigate & Redhill U3A (pictured with Ghazala Hayat of Redhill Library) told us groups are usually small – between 5 and 10 people. They meet in members’ homes. The U3A has 900+ members and 125 small groups!
The variety of small group subjects is mind-boggling.
There are 17 categories (groups of groups) including History, Fitness and Literature. You can see the full list here
What about laughing? Michael’s amusing introduction told us all we needed to know (he IS the chair). U3A offers members a range of other meetings, activities and even holidays. One recent activity was ‘Gongoozling for Beginners’ (you may need look it up but you get the idea).
Save the dates Wednesday 6 November Coffee Morning at Redhill Library: First Aid - Saving A Life. Thursday 5 December Christmas Extravaganza at Harlequin Theatre.