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Lizzib 1 month ago Learning
Does anyone else just love the U3A?

I know the number and type of activities they offer varies around the country. I’m a member of the Ilkley branch.

I play badminton and am just about to start beginners Ukelele in September. My other half has done guitar and Spanish.

There is an activity for everyone from walking, trips out, more academic options to simple meetups.

When I am physically less able I’m thinking of learning mahjong and bridge.

For anyone on their own it is a brilliant concept. If you pick a group that interests you, you’re bound to meet like minded people.

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    • Vixster 22nd July 2021 at 2:30 pm

      What sort of age group does it mainly attract? I read about it before the pandemic but have forgotten about it until your post!

      • Lizzib 22nd July 2021 at 3:27 pm

        Anyone that is not working full time. In my badminton group, I’m not the youngest at 58. Nor was I in the creative writing group.

        So i would say generally, it’s from early fifties upwards and varies according to the activity.

    • Anonymous User 22nd July 2021 at 3:33 pm

      I’m a u3a person less mobile than I’d like to be but Zoom had brought us easier access to learning

    • loislane 23rd July 2021 at 12:14 am

      What is it

    • Mary A 23rd July 2021 at 5:46 am

      My friend took early retirement and was telling me about this. She said that there are loads of interesting talks/activities on during the day which sounds perfect. It’s University of the 3rd age isn’t it? Thanks for posting Lizzib as I’d forgotten all about it. I only work in the evenings so this would be perfect! Majong sounds interesting….. what is it? I’d rather you told me than having to google it. 😃
      I recently started to learn the baritone ukulele. It has a lovely mellow tone and is easier than the guitar. I need to get my teeth stuck into new challenges. Any other ideas most welcome! Enjoy the uke!

      • Lizzib 23rd July 2021 at 8:49 am

        Glad to have prompted you.

        Mahjong is a game that came out of the Far East. It is a bit like rummy but played with 13 tiles per player. You have to be the first player to get your hand into a series of sets.

        I’m looking forward to learning the ukelele but am nervous, i’ve never played a musical instrument. Neither my fingers nor brain are as agile as they used to be!

    • Mary A 23rd July 2021 at 9:24 am

      That sounds an interesting and fun game! 🤔. Thanks for explaining it to me.

      You’ll love the ukulele! Just take your time building up the chords. Do you sing as well? I have loads of chord charts and songs. If you’re interested, just let me know.

      • Lizzib 23rd July 2021 at 2:18 pm

        I dont think anyone wants to hear my singing!

        Thanks for the offer. I’ll see what we get in lessons first, so as not to confuse myself.

        Just did my first session of walking cricket and loved it.

    • Mary A 23rd July 2021 at 2:23 pm

      No probs. Walking cricket? Sounds like my kind of game! 🤣😂

    • ellegoode 27th July 2021 at 6:34 am

      I joined our local U3A in Northumberland last year and attended one meeting. Very soon afterwards the lockdown happened and all activities stopped. Sadly I had not had time to join any of the group’s but I’m looking forward to that now the situation is easing. It all sounds fab. I love learning and socialising and U3A fits the bill. I quite fancy the Travel Club and possibly learning a language. The possibilities are endless ….

    • Littkeit 6th September 2021 at 1:47 am

      Hello All
      I just read this conversation and it sounds interesting.
      I will be returning to the UK next Feb and it might be a good way to continue my hobbies and meet people.
      Before I left 3 years ago I used to belong to several ‘meetup’ groups which do activities all around the country. It sounds similar.

    • Murphybear 15th September 2021 at 9:31 pm

      I’ve belonged to U3A since I retired in 2008. I’ve done Bridge, Scrabble, Mah Jong, Quiz Groups over the years and my favourite new skill is croquet. Tomorrow is the monthly dining club. We’ve made a lot of new friends over the years