Village update at U3A enrolment day

By Vanessa Wiltshire

TWENTY-TWO people attended the U3A of Heathcote’s annual enrolment day last Friday.

It was an opportunity to listen to guest speaker Dan Douglass, CEO of Heathcote Health, deliver a much-anticipated update on the Dementia Village Feasibility Study. It was also a chance for people to find out more about the U3A movement and the variety of special interest groups that are on offer.

The U3A, or the University of the Third Age, is a global movement that fosters the education of retirees in a way that is engaging, social and fun.

It is called the ‘third age’ to reflect the stage of life members are at.

Barbara Clements has been a member and office bearer of Heathcote’s U3A for many years and would love to see the community grow.

“Last year we had about 38 members,” she confirmed. “This enabled us to run a variety of special interest groups, including books and reading, history, current affairs, tai chi, gardening and a social lunch.

“The annual registration fee is $50 and covers you for any group that you would like to attend during the year.”

But what if nothing takes your fancy?

“You can start up your own group,” Barbara said. “As with anything, the community is only as strong as its members and you get out what you put in. We have a great time, particularly in the current affairs group. It can be very lively!”

U3A members meet in Heathcote for a morning coffee on the first Friday of every month. There is generally a guest speaker.

The annual general meeting will be held on Friday, March 1 at 10:30am at the Guide Hall on High Street. Office bearers will be elected, and all are welcome to attend.

Enquiries 0447 332 783.