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A University of the Third Age provides opportunities during the day time for education and recreation for mature people no longer in full time employment.
WHY UNIVERSITY? The original meaning of the word is a coming together. That is precisely what we do. We come together in groups to learn, to follow our hobbies and interests for general companionship.
WHY THIRD AGE? The Third Age is the age of retirement (or semi-
BLACKBOURNE U3A, like all others is a self-
INTEREST GROUPS meet weekly, fortnightly or monthly, often in members' homes. The subjects at present available are shown here but additional groups may be formed during the year in response to demand, if leaders offer their services. Leading a study group can be very rewarding -
INFORMATION: Updated details of U3A activities are available at monthly lecture meetings and are also in the Newsletter issued to all members several times during the year.
First published in November 2009, this revised and up-
As we'd understand it today, the U3A started in July 1981 when a short item was aired on the BBC's Radio 4 programme "You & Yours", featuring an interview with Eric Midwinter, director of The Centre for Policy on Ageing, which brought an avalanche of 400 letters to him. This was probably the first most people outside academia had heard of the U3A, and it was suddenly obvious that this was "an idea whose time had come".
The booklet goes on to explain the four main reasons for this, how things developed using (but differing from) the French model, charting some fascinating details of the ups and downs along the way, and concluding with its "expansion in a time of austerity" to the present-
As a fairly new U3A member, I found this booklet most interesting and enlightening and, for the princely sum of £1, would think it a recommended "good read" to both new and long-
Stella Chamberlin, 01359-
U3A Online courses are short courses specially designed for older people and available through a partnership between Third Age Trust (the UK national U3A organisation) and the U3A Online Inc.(based in Australia).
Many of the courses are untutored and can be taken at your own pace, so that you can return to them when it suits you. Or if you want a more structured timetable with personal input to a tutor, why not opt for a Tutored Course. Click here to see the type of courses available.
The Virtual U3A (vU3a), which went live in January 2009, is an online-