Starting the year on a high

U3A members enjoying a game of Mahjong at the Gloucester Senior Citizens Centre. It's one of the regular term activities.
U3A members enjoying a game of Mahjong at the Gloucester Senior Citizens Centre. It's one of the regular term activities.

Gloucester District University of the Third Age (U3A) has got off to an excellent start for the year.  

There’s an impressive line-up for first term with 27 different activities on offer. Thanks to program director Susan Dixon there are all the old favourite courses plus several new ones to stimulate the brain and the body.

The offerings include exercise sessions, croquet, Tai Chi, Mah-jong, ukulele strum, indoor bowls, knit, crochet and chatter and Tuesday book club, to name but a few.

The committee arranged an inaugural members’ morning tea at the Uniting Church Hall on Friday, February 23 with more than 30 members attending, enjoying a catch up with their U3A friends, as well as making new ones. They all enjoyed the scrumptious spread of sandwiches, savouries, cakes and biscuits provided by the committee.

Vice-president Lyn Stewart announced that Gloucester U3A members will soon be able to access and trial ‘Enhancetv’.

“This is a huge educational database that mainly schools use but much of its content matches the interests of many U3A members,” Lyn said. 

“From the presentation that I heard at the U3A network committee meeting, I believe that this access could be an excellent way for us to add stimulating and interesting courses (activities) to our programs which can be led by any of our members who are willing to facilitate them.

“The range of subjects available is vast. These are just a few examples: history, indigenous Australians, astronomy for beginners, Italian conversation, Asia and Australia, Earth and Environment. The list is almost endless,” she said.

The committee hopes to add ‘Enhancetv’ subjects to the program for next semester. President Penny Vavasour stresses that the success of Gloucester U3A depends greatly on the enthusiastic work of all committee members, course facilitators and, of course the members.

New members may join at any time, visit our website for more information http://gloucester.u3anet.org.au.