Cathy Burns from the Sainsbury’s Try Team cooked up some tasty summer recipes for the Bearsden/Milngavie University of Third Age group (U3A) recently.
She is here with Janet Holland, chairperson of the local branch of the U3A, which is one of the newest ones in Scotland, and Sue Walker, the secretary.
They held their first meeting in December last year and now have 150 members and they meet in St Andrew’s Church Hall, Bearsden Cross at 11am on the third Tuesday of each month.
They have a speaker and announcements about their activities, with tea, coffee and biscuits available. Currently there are 29 activities or ‘interest groups’, covering a wide range of subjects from astronomy to walking.
Each interest group has one or more co-ordinators who organise meetings, and the U3A is administered by a steering committee of volunteers. To cover costs there is a small annual subscription that gives access to all activities, events, meetings and U3A resources.
The next monthly meeting will be at 11am on Tuesday June 17, when David Ferguson, head gardener at Greenbank Garden, will give a talk on gardens and gardening.
So whether you’ve always wanted to try speaking Spanish, line-dancing or just meet others for an occasional walk the U3A could well be for you.
It’s not a University in the conventional sense, but a community of retired or semi-retired people who wish to join together in their local area to pursue existing interests or to learn something new.
Members share their experience and knowledge as ‘teachers’ as well as ‘students’. U3A is entirely voluntary and open to all; there are no entry requirements except enthusiasm, no awards except having fun.
U3A is a registered charity; a voluntary, self-help organisation that has over 320,000 members in 923 branches throughout the UK.
Currently there are 29 activities or ‘interest groups’, covering a wide range of subjects from astronomy to walking. Go along to a meeting to find out more about U3A, or visit their websites.
www.u3asites.org.uk/bam for all information about U3A Bearsden and Milngavie, www.u3ascotland.org.uk for U3A in Scotland and www.u3a.org.uk for general UK information.