Great Glen U3A 2016


Great Glen U3A


Great Glen U3A was started in September 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-retired people to meet together, in groups, in the daytime, for activities of mutual interest, at low cost.


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-help basis.


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-wide organisation of U3A's, with more than 220,000 members. This enables us to access advice on matters where our own knowledge is inadequate and also to borrow educational materials freely from the Resource Centre.


Our present subscription is £15 per annum, which gives access to all the groups and 10 monthly meetings, when we usually have a social get together and a speaker.


Most of the groups meet in one of the halls at the Methodist Church, and a subscription of £1 per session is requested from all members and visitors attending.


We have now entered our 15th year as the Great Glen branch of the U3A. Over these years we have slowly grown so that now we have well over 300 members who between them regularly attend over twenty 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.


At Christmas the ‘Music & Good Company’ group entertain us with music and readings. For Christmas 2016 we were fortunate that part of the programme was 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.



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