Funnell, International representative for the UK Third Age Trust.
Name and location of my U3A: Fetcham U3A started in 2002. I was
on the founding committee and chairman for three years. Fetcham is 30km
South-West of London; about 45 minutes by train. The North Downs start
about 700 metres from St Mary's church hall where we hold our monthly
How many members? We had 534 members in July 2010 and our annual
membership subscription is £12. There are seven other U3As within
10km and they are all of a similar size to us.
Range of activities: We have about eighty interest groups and
they range alphabetically from Alpine Gardening to World Civilisations.
Half our groups currently have vacancies so new members have plenty
of choice. We have an excellent social programme with a Quiz Night,
a themed dance, a Summer Social and a Christmas Party each year. The
photo shows a talk by Black Rod, a Christmas Party, our Japanese visitors
and quilts produced for a local charity.
What I like best about my U3A: We keep looking for new opportunities
and have a small team on the committee developing new interest groups;
our latest outdoor activity is croquet . Last year we hosted a visit
from seven Japanese who were interested in starting U3As in the Tokyo
area. We enjoyed their explanations and demonstrations of their own
culture and four members made a return visit. We participate in activities
organised by the Surrey Network of U3As including study days at the
Menuhin Concert Hall.
My personal message: I have enjoyed all the many opportunities
offered by U3A, including lectures at the Royal Institution, projects
at the National Maritime Museum and the Imperial War Museum and attending
national and international conferences, most recently at Chitrakoot,
India. Make the most of your own opportunities. http://www.fetchamu3a.org.uk/