From Tony Searle, Chairperson of U3A Helderberg, South Africa.
In the natural amphitheatre formed by the Hottentots Holland mountain range, the area stretches down to the shores of False Bay. The area has a mild Mediterranean climate, ideal for wine production, which is well established and was started in 1679. The branch serves three towns, namely: Somerset West, Strand, Gordon's Bay and Stellenbosch. This area is popular with retired people as it offers: majestic blue mountains, rolling vineyards, an awesome warm ocean and a plethora of fine arts and culture, available in the Mother City, Cape Town.
Activity Groups and Courses: currently there are 43 groups/courses, who meet in library halls, church halls and members' houses. The groups are divided into the following categories: Arts & Crafts, Skills, Cultural, Languages, Literature, Outdoor & Environmental, Wellbeing and Social. Some of the most popular Groups are: Current Affairs & Media, Palaeontology, Theatre Group, Hiking, Computer Literacy Programme, Makers of History, Wine and Dine, Money Matters, Exploring the Countryside, Painting with Water Colours and Curry Classes.