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The u3a movement celebrates u3a week

Published : 02 October 2023 Views: 2313

Three women walking holding eggs in spoons, on a beautiful sunny day

u3as marked u3a week between 16-24 September with beach cleans, table tennis tournaments, floral displays and concerts.

From Dundee to Penzance, there were more than 50 events across the UK to celebrate the joy and learning of being a u3a member.

For many u3as, u3a week is an opportunity to publicise their u3a within their local community. Guernsey u3a's event showcased their 80 interest groups, including a performance from their boxing group, and was attended by the Lieutenant Governer of Guernsey,  Lieutenant General Richard Cripwell CB, CBE. Bradford u3a took over the Big Screen in City Park to display slides of the activities they offered. Littleborough u3a were one of many u3as to host an open afternoon - and recruited 38 new members.

u3a week was also an opportunity for local u3as to connect together. 27 members representing 7 u3as across London took part in a London Region Table Tennis competition. The event was a mixture of doubles, singles and ‘Round the World’ and gave members plenty of opportunity to mix and meet members from other u3as. Meanwhile, the Bromley, Orpington and Beckenham Network held a board game afternoon, which is becoming their annual u3a week tradition. 

On the Friday of u3a week, many members took the fun and learning of their u3a outside for Alfresco in Autumn. Dundee u3a celebrated with an afternoon of fun and games, including an egg and spoon race, tug of war and kung fu. Some u3a interest groups used the event to further their learning - organising local history walks or hosting outdoor Tai Chi sessions.

The local u3a activity ran alongside a programme of national online events, including talks by journalist and TED speaker Carl Honoré; Comissioner for Older People and Ageing in Wales Heléna Herklots; and chartered forester John Tucker from the Woodland Trust. 

An article about u3a week will be shared in the November edition of our members' magazine, Third Age Matters.

We would love to hear from you about how you found u3a week 2023 to help us measure the impact. Take the survey.

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