Heathfield now has its own University of the Third Age (U3A.)
The group was set up at a public meeting just before Christmas aimed at gauging interest in forming a local group.
More than 150 people turned up, making it clear the scheme was sure to prove hugely popular. A decision was taken to form a U3A branch in Heathfield for people living in the town and nearby villages.
Spokesman Ray Tratt said: “We are part of the Third Age Trust movement which now comprises 927 local U3As with a membership of over 322,000 members. The U3A is a self-help organisation for older people, no longer in full time employment, providing educational, creative and leisure opportunities in a friendly environment. It draws upon the knowledge and expertise of local members to organise and provide interest groups in which to share their knowledge. Following this exploratory meeting, a steering committee was formed.”
Chair is Lin Plant, vice chair Robin Nicholson, treasurer Stuart Hall and vice treasurer Ann Bonner. A membership secretary is still needed.
Monthly meetings will be held in the main hall of the Community Centre on the third Tuesday of every month from 2.30 to 5pm.
The first meeting will be on Tuesday, February 17 which gives people the chance to meet group convenors and discuss their own ideas for groups. The U3A membership fee is set for £15 a year with discounts for partners or people who already belong to other groups.
Most meetings will be held in members’ houses.
Ray said: “This promises to be an exciting educational and social service for the people of Heathfield and we look forward to meeting you. Everyone is welcome to come along, as a taster, to any of our monthly public meetings or after contacting the group leader.”
Activities could be languages, books, outings, music, art, history, theatre, gardening - the list is endless.
Visit: www.HeathfieldandDistrict U3A.org.uk