Local Stapleford people who are retired or no longer in full-time employment have signed-up for new University of the Third Age (U3A) to create new opportunities for themselves and make friends.
Over 80 people from Stapleford and nearby crowded into Stapleford Methodist Church on 6th May to join Stapleford U3A (University of the Third Age) and to sign-up for interest groups to enhance their lives since completing full-time employment. “I was delighted to see the church crowded with people who wanted to support a U3A in our town,” said steering committee chairman Trevor Williams (left below), a retired baker, confectioner and minister who moved to Stapleford from Bristol five years ago to be nearer to his family.
“I knew nothing about the U3A until I saw publicity about it at my church that reminded me how continued learning at any age can help maintain vitality,” he added.
Trevor first became involved with continued learning when helping Malawi food aid programmes in 2006 and, with his wife, has visited the country three times. Over the years the programmes have raised nearly £1/4M. “We helped encourage farmers to plant quality seed for their staple diet Nsima, made from maize. We also helped educational programmes for schools, teachers and farmers as well as medical and emergency food aid,” he said.
The eight interest groups now planning their programmes are members who want to want to share interests in local history, crafts, short walks and rambling, gardening, family history, photography for fun, books, singing for fun and bridge and canasta.
They will be recruiting more members at the next meeting, at the Methodist Church on 3rd June and members will be helped to start new ones covering any other subjects they want. They will also hear what should be an entertaining and instructive talk. The meeting starts at 2 o’clock
Mary Mitchell (right above) from the Notts U3A Development Team opened the meeting saying that Stapleford U3A is the 100th in the East Midlands, the 27th in Nottinghamshire and nearly the 1000th nationally. “I’ve been delighted by the enthusiasm shown by Trevor, the Stapleford U3A steering committee and other local residents in promoting the way older people can learn from each other by co-operating and sharing interests voluntarily,” she said.
Membership of Stapleford U3A costs £20 annually to cover the cost of venue hire and other running costs but visitors will be welcome to come along free of charge to one meeting to see if they want to join.
For further information:
Contact Trevor Williams on 0115 6376875 or Mary Mitchell of the Notts U3A Development Team on 01777 816258
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