Crediton & District

Welcome to Crediton Third Age Group

Welcome to a new year - Hopefully a happier and more convivial one than last year

The Anual AGM Meeting took place on 20th April
The Crediton U3a AGM took place on Wednesday 20th April at the Boniface Centre Starting at 10pm.
The new committee was elected and reports on the previous years activities were presented to the meeting the chairman's report can be downloaded from the links to the side.

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 and associating 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 280 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 starting at 10.00 am with entertaining speakers covering a wide variety of topics of general interest 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 in between.

Join us
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.

Upcoming monthly meetings Provisionally at the Boniface Centre

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For a list of next years talks go to the Meetings page in this website

If you would like to join any of these events then please contact our membership secretary, Lyn, on lynpadley@gmail.com . Up-to-date information is also available on our website: Crediton & District U3A: Meetings

Membership of the Crediton u3a costs £12 a year. For this you also get access to special interest groups. Currently we run History, Poetry, Photography, Creative Writing and Mindfulness groups online and the Pub Lunches, Short Walks, Coffee Mornings, Book Group, Crafts, Paper and Scissors and Moor ramblers have already re started as face to face groups. Many more will be available once life returns to something more like 'normal'. For information on the various groups check each one out via the Groups page.

Why not join us?

Jo Penning, Groups Co-ordinator

Please contact your group leader Via the "Blue Bird" icon each group page 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.

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Richard Durant is the Retiring chair of Crediton and District u3a

A Sad Farewell
Richard
The time has come to say goodbye. When I joined the u3a committee I had no intention of becoming chair. Then Covid turned up and the Technical Officer – that was me - inevitably became the centre of u3a activity. We were all turned into Zoombies. I suddenly found myself volunteering to become chair. To my surprise I enjoyed the role: it was great working (remotely) with a lovely, good-humoured committee, and helping the whole membership to access quizzes, wonderful talks, and even some groups by video link. Everyone who helped keep us going throughout the pandemic has been so generous, flexible and creative with their time and effort. It’s been an absolute delight and privilege working with you all – even if only remotely!
I don’t know how long it will be before Alex and I can move into our new house in Gloucester as the Russians have hacked the Gloucester Council systems and the IT boffins are struggling to undo the damage. That means that property sales in Gloucester are on hold. However, I think a clean break is for the best and so I am stepping down from Crediton u3a at the end of this month. I wish my successor – whoever they are – all the very best.
So…. we need a new chair and a new treasurer too. Do come forward and talk to committee members about the roles. You will be surprised – as I was – by what you have to offer, and by how wonderful it is to work with the other committee members for something that is so worthwhile and rewarding.

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The committee
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.