It’s never too late to learn

ARE you interested in keeping your brain active? Do you want to meet interesting people?

 Then U3A might just be the thing for you.

University of the Third Age, or U3A, is a worldwide movement where retired people, in their age of active retirement, and from all walks of life, get together to teach and learn from each other.

The community-based, not-for-profit group aims to provide affordable learning opportunities for seniors using the skills and abilities of members.

U3A Shoalhaven members will have a special information desk at the Nowra Library between 10am and 2pm this Thursday and Friday.

This is an opportunity to come along and find out more about the organisation.

For term one of the new year an exciting program has been put in place, covering such subjects as Jeremiah Horrocks – The Father of British Astronomy, Kings and Convicts – Tracing Your Family, through to growing your own fruit and vegetables, painting, writing and French. 

Even rugby league, featuring two local legends of the game, Mick Cronin and Ron Coote, is included.

There is also the opportunity to enjoy outdoor activities such as petanque and croquet, excursions to events and interesting walks.

Sessions are run during the four school terms and are generally conducted at the U3A rooms at 48 Berry Street, Nowra.

President of U3A Shoalhaven Bob Hayward, recently retired and new to the area, said joining the organisation was a great way to make new friends and contacts.

“I needed to establish a whole new network within the Nowra community and this led me to U3A,” he said.

“It is a great way to be involved in the community and engage in educational experiences and discussions with people from a variety of backgrounds.

“I primarily joined to enjoy the engagement of others in matters topical and relevant to me, and it has been very rewarding.

“I highly recommend joining the group, both for participation and education and also to become an educator on topics of personal interest and expertise.

“My interests range from philosophy and ethics to production gardening. There really is something for everyone.

“Come along and join up. It is only $1 to join and $10 per year membership plus course fees.

“There are no academic qualifications, assignments or examinations – and no awards,” he said.

The U3A rooms, at 48 Berry Street, Nowra, are centrally located.

Founded in France in 1973, U3A has spread throughout the world, with U3A Shoalhaven formed in 1987. From 30 members it has grown to a membership of more than 300.

During term time the office of U3A Shoalhaven is open from 10am to noon, Monday, Wednesday and Friday (telephone 4423 3886).

Information can also be found on the website, shoalhaven.u3anet.org.au

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