Summer full of fun for U3A members

SUMMER PLANS Diana Swann of''the U3A
SUMMER PLANS Diana Swann of''the U3A
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Even though they have broken up for summer, Diana Swann, is looking forward to welcoming members for some summer activities

We have just celebrated the end of term with our annual summer lunch in which the topics of conversation were produced by a large gaggle of more than 60 members where the volume levels would rival any school dining room on the last day before the summer holidays.

Many of us are going away on holiday with family but for those of us who don’t have plans and live on our own, we are thankful for the occasional U3A activities, which are taking place throughout August.

We have a golden oldie film for our members – this year it is Cinema Paradiso – a quiz as well as a trip to the Isle of Wight scheduled during the break.

In addition, at one of our recent general meetings in the Somerstown Central Sports Hall, we were all introduced to the game petanque or boules as it is more commonly known.

U3A devotees quickly grew very fond of the game, so we are also having a games session in August, which will include petanque as well as sedate board games and puzzles, though I cannot imagine that anybody would describe our members as a sedate group.

This is the culmination of what has been a very eventful year in which we had to move from our cramped yet beloved quarters in St Paul’s Square Community Centre into the echoing spaces of the Somerstown Central building.

I previously wrote in The News about our teething troubles both during and after the move but we finally feel settled in our new home.

The cafe has proved a great success as a meeting place as well as somewhere to get a cheap but good home-made lunch and the lift is a real bonus.

Our new venture next term is starting a History and Appreciation of Art class.

It will not be in Somerstown Central, instead it will be held in a room in the Oasis Centre, on Upper Arundel Street.

In true U3A fashion we have 23 interested people, none of us specialists but all wanting to find out more.

We will appoint a contact person/leader and, helped by the London U3A Office, who will provide us with material in due course, we’ll plan how we want to run our class at our first meeting.

I will be keeping readers updated with more about U3A during August, but if anyone wants to get involved please contact me on 02392 820317.