Welcome to Crediton Third Age Group
Bored with the third lockdown?
Are you bored with having nothing to stretch your mind during this lockdown? Then Crediton u3a may have the answer. We are an organisation that appeals mainly to older members of the community, but we have no lower age limit. Much of what we do has had to be ‘put on hold’ during lockdown but we are running some activities online and we would like to extend an invite to anyone who would like to join our monthly talks and general knowledge quizzes. There is no charge for ‘attending’ our virtual meetings until the renewal date in April. Our talks are on the 3rd Wednesday morning of each month and the quizzes happen on the 4th Wednesday afternoon. Over the next few months, we are having talks about The Pyrenees Ice Caves, The Saxon Era and The Death of Venice. If you would like to join any of these events then please contact our membership secretary, Lyn, on email@example.com . Up-to-date information is also available on our website: Crediton & District U3A: Meetings
Membership of the Crediton u3a costs £12 a year and will be due in April. For this you also get access to special interest groups. Currently we run History, Poetry, Photography, Creative Writing and Mindfulness groups online. Later in the year, we hope to resume some of our other groups, such as our trips and visits and our walking groups, which require face-to-face contact.
Why not join us and brighten up ‘the bleak midwinter’?
Liz Ouldridge, Groups Co-ordinator
Please contact your group leader for more information about whether your group is functioning in any form at the moment. They may also be able to update you on any plans to begin to bring the group out of lockdown.
CREDITON U3A WELCOMES IN NEW CHAIR
Richard Durant is the new chair of Crediton u3a.
Richard has been a member of u3a for three years. He spent the first few years of his working life as a bus driver in Bristol before a thirty-year career in education, first as a teacher and then as a schools adviser. For ten years he was Devon’s English adviser for secondary schools. He is also the author of dozens of text books and study guides.
Richard has a nonagenarian mother, five children and seven grandchildren, and has been married to Alex for over forty years.
Richard says he is enthusiastic about the u3a slogan, Learn, laugh, love. For him it sums up the essence of this wonderful organisation which gives us all the opportunity to carry on learning new things as we age, while recognising that there are so many different things worth learning and so many ways to learn them. He emphasises making new friends and having fun as a vital part of learning and living. Companionship and mutual aid are at the heart of what he values most about the u3a project.
On a practical note, his first task will be to recruit a vice-chair and to find new committee members who can add to the well of expertise and enthusiasm that the existing committee members bring. On an even more practical note, he's looking out for anyone who can take over some of the Zoom and website duties that have absorbed his attention during the last few months.
Richard succeeds David Agasee, who was chair for three years - the maximmum term under U3A rules - and who has been greatly missed. Richard hopes he has the ability to lead this important local organisation with the grace, organisational skills and humour that David always showed.
An introduction to the University of the Third Age movement
U3As are learning co-operatives of people who are retired, semi-retired or have finished raising their family, and there are no age limits. We draw upon the knowledge, experience and skills of the members to organise and run interest groups, in accordance with the wishes of the membership. "The teachers learn and the learners teach."
The U3A approach is learning for sheer pleasure - there are no assessments to undertake or qualifications to be gained. Joining a U3A is a great way to meet people and make new friends.
Crediton & District Third Age Group
Currently we have about 230 members and many and varied groups which meet on a regular basis (weekly, fortnightly or monthly) with more groups in development. Click here Groups for more details.
We hope you find something of interest but if not, or if you have any ideas for other activities, we would love to hear from you. Contact the Groups Coordinator.
We have monthly meetings on the third Wednesday of each month with entertaining speakers covering a wide variety of topics of general interest. Currently the meetings take place via Zoom, but in normal times they are held at the Boniface Centre in Crediton. Visit the Events page to see the programme for the rest of the year.
Crediton & District Third Age Group covers as wide an area around Crediton as people want - current members attend from Crediton, Sandford, Bow, Yeoford, Lapford, Morchard Bishop, Cheriton Fitzpaine, Colebrooke, Tedburn St Mary, North Tawton, Newton St Cyres, Black Dog, Coleford and many places inbetween.
We warmly welcome new members to our friendly Third Age Group at any time of the year. If you enjoy company and would like interesting things to do, challenge yourself to learn or share your knowledge and skills with others, do join us. The annual membership costs £12 per person.
If you would like to join, please contact the Membership Secretary or come along to one of the monthly meetings. Or you can download the membership form here.
You really will be very welcome.
An organisation such as this needs a committee made up of people like you. Do consider joining the friendly team working ‘behind the scenes’. You are more than welcome to come along to a Committee Meeting to see what goes on. For more information please contact any member of the committee.
NB - our Third Age Group is a voluntary organisation. We try to answer emails, phone calls or letters as soon as possible, but sometimes there may be a delay.
Final NB - please fill in the Gift Aid form when you join. It won't cost you anything but it will deprive the Chancellor of a few bob and will substantially enhance our coffers to benefit all our members.