Great Glen U3A 2016
Great Glen U3A was founded in November 2001 when a small group of interested people met together in the Methodist Hall and formed a steering committee under the Chairmanship of Mary Lawson.
From the beginning the stated aims were to provide a means for retired and semi-
These were to include educational, physical and social activities, but above all to be FUN. No formal tuition was to be included and no qualifications required or given. As far as possible the groups were to function on a self-
We were fortunate, in that we were able to rent ideal premises at the Methodist Church, and that there were many and varied talents in the village which could be tapped. Group leaders willingly gave their time and expertise, with the result that our membership quickly grew.
For our monthly meetings, we have outgrown the Methodist Church Hall, and so these are now held in the Village Hall.
We also became affiliated to the Third Age Trust, a country-
Our present subscription is £15 per annum, which gives access to all the groups and 12 monthly meetings, when we usually have a social get together and a speaker.
Most of the groups meet in one of the rooms at the Methodist Church or in the village hall or sports centre, and a subscription of £1.50 per session is requested from all members and visitors attending.
Over these years we have slowly grown so that now we have over 350 members from Great Glen and surrounding towns and villages who between them regularly attend around thirty different interest groups.
The groups’ activities are decided by the members themselves. Through the U3A it is possible to become deeply involved in Open University courses, develop skills, perfect a hobby or just enjoy the company of like minded companions. Whether one wants to enjoy music because it sounds nice, or wants to delve into the life of the composer is decided by group members.
It is because there is such total choice, that we remain so popular and membership numbers slowly grow.
Apart from the regular interest groups, there is a meeting every month (2nd Tuesday starting at 10 am with coffee) in the village hall. At these meetings we have a variety of speakers. The subjects covered are too varied to list, but are always very popular and well attended.
Our December meeting is usually a special event with entertainment provided by members and a popular part of the programme has regularly been a charming carol recital performed by the choir of our local St Cuthbert’s School.
Please do come to one of our Tuesday meetings. If you have a hobby you would like to share, let us know and we can probably put you in contact with others.