The U3A Isle of Man meets on the third Thursday of every month at 2pm in St John's Mill. This is an opportunity to listen to a variety of speakers, meet fellow members, find out more about special interest groups, meet group co-ordinators and find out about new groups and events. You will find the dates and details of the speakers for 2018 in the list below. All the meetings are held at St John's Mill - just past the Tynwald Mills shops on the left. You can either park in the shops car park and walk or use the car park off the Poortown Road and walk from there. There is limited disabled car parking outside the Mill. There is a charge of £1 to attend.
If you are interested in the U3A but not yet a member, attending a Network Meeting is the ideal introduction. The Groups Co-ordinator will be able to explain what groups are running and how to join them. Membership for the year ending 31st March 2019 is just £15.
Network Meetings 2018
|September||Ray Kelly||Tholtans -Part 2|
|October||Ivor Ramsden||Manx Military and Aviation Museum|
|November||Chris & Kath Bates||The life of a 17th Century Re-enactor|
|August 8th||Italian for Beginners - 8 session course|
|September TBA||Beach Clean with Beach Buddies|
Calf Trips Friday 13th & Monday 16th July
It was cloudy and breezy when we set off aboard the Skraayl. Having cleared the harbour and passed Perwick Bay, we approached the Sugar Loaf rock, and Steve the skipper slowed the boat down so that we could get a good look at the seabirds. So far, we had seen gulls (herring and black-back), kittiwakes, guillemots, black guillemots, shags, and a solitary young puffin flying over the sea. But seeing the nesting birds close up in such numbers crammed on the ledges was very special. Anne Kaye from the Manx Ornithological Society pointed them all out to us.
Having passed the Barroo (Drinking Dragon), we arrived at South Harbour and we walked passed the old mill and pond over the fields to the Observatory for a chat with Warden Aron Sapsford. Despite the mist nets going out at dawn, there hadn’t been anything caught, but we did see the rings used for different types of bird and the Heligoland trap set up to catch birds flying down the valley. We then walked on towards the coast, encountering an unusual caterpillar on the way (which I haven’t been able to identify yet), and had our picnic lunch overlooking the dramatic Gibbdale Bay watching the butterflies and soaring seabirds. Incredibly quiet and peaceful.
We retraced our steps to visit the decommissioned lighthouses – 2 splendid stone ones built in the mid-19th century, and a rather naff one built in the 1960s. On the way, we passed some tholtans, including the old smithy, remnants of former residents. All too soon it was time to make our way back to South Harbour to catch the tide. By this time, it was sunny and very warm, and as we passed a tiny harbour called the Puddle, we could see half a dozen or more seals swimming just off shore, heads out of the water checking us out.
We were met by Steve and the crew (his Dad Juan and Harley the sea dog) and set off home. This time the sun on the clear water allowed us to see the guillemots swimming underwater! We tied up back in Port St Mary, tired and happy, having had a wonderful day.
Another successful and enjoyable trip was staged on the Monday after the first. The weather was kind again, and this time, the Warden had a captured bird to show the group before it was released.