Tantallon Castle and the Bass Rock
From Margaret Gordon, U3A East Lothian

Location: East Lothian, described as the 'garden of Scotland', is a widespread, fertile county to the East of Edinburgh with beautiful countryside stretching from the Firth of Forth, with 40 miles of stunning coastline and its popular beaches and golf courses, to the hills and valleys of the Lammermuirs.

Our Open Lectures are held in the Town House of the historical market town of Haddington but our many leisure and learning groups are spread throughout the county. This can make transport difficult but not insurmountable, as we have discovered, as our membership continues to rise each year.


Membership and Activities: Current membership (2014) is over 600, with 45 active 'Learning and Leisure' groups.

These include the usual range of topics within each discipline covering Arts, Sciences, History, Languages, Music and Computing, not forgetting Games, Physical Activities and Educational Visits.

Comment: Last year three of our Needlework/Craftwork group were privileged to contribute a pane! to The Great Tapestry of Scotland (www.scotlandstapestry.com). adding U3A to their signature logo so we are now part of Scottish history.

Personal comment: When I read other entries in My U3A I feel like a child in a sweetie shop - so many interesting things to learn about and to do - how can anybody in the third age ever be bored? I feel so privileged to have had the opportunity to be a part of this great movement. To be able to learn for pure enjoyment with no pressure and with others who share my interests.

I'd also like to congratulate Tom Holloway for encouraging the use of New Technology amongst us third agers to expand our interests, and to Australia for their amazing online initiatives in spreading the word to a world community.

It can only get better, and help to bring a deeper understanding in the world.