Isle of Man



AGM/NETWORK MEETING – Thursday 19th May at St Johns Mill with the AGM starting at 2 pm. This should only take about 10 minutes, and will be followed by our May Network Meeting with speaker Christopher English on the History of Number 10 Downing Street.

Date for your diary – Wednesday 21st September, which is national u3a Day. To celebrate the u3a 40th and our 10th Anniversaries, we have arranged something a bit special which will be announced shortly. Watch this space……!



PLEASE cancel all membership standing orders (it is likely u3a IOM we will be using a different bank for membership year 2023/24).

SUMMER ACTIVITIES – as we are now, finally, seeing some better weather it is time to think about the summer. Here are a couple of proposals to start with:-

Orchid Walk – The date for this event has been finalised as Wednesday 15th June in the afternoon, meeting up afterwards at one of our Committee member’s home for light refreshments and a chat. Full details – times, directions etc will be issued nearer the date. I already have a list of those members wishing to attend, if you would like to join us, please let me know

Bee Keeping Demo – another reminder for this event. Steve Bassil and his wife have kindly offered an interactive demonstration at their hives sometime during the summer. They have sufficient protective suits for 10 to 20 people. Please let me know if you wish to be added to the list They have sufficient protective suits for 10 to 20 people.

Please let me know if you are interested in either of these, so that we can decide whether or not to go ahead.

10th/40th Anniversaries – we have a couple of things in the pipeline, not least an evening event at Government House later in the year. Watch this space…..

…and last but not least, if you have any images or articles for our website – please contact Andy Corrin through the website.

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR – the Committee were recently surprised to receive an invitation for representatives to meet the Governor at Government House. Kim, Sue and Tony duly attended and were given a very warm welcome. Sir John is very keen to help in any way, with patronage, a talk, and the offer of Government House as a venue for an event. He left it to us to consider, and we will let you know the outcome as soon as we can. Watch this space!

The IOM Bat group have become the 300th organisation to become a UNESCO Biosphere partner. They are scheduled to talk to us at St John’s in June and a ‘Bat Walk’ has been discussed to follow up in the autumn! More to follow later.

Remember that the subscription for 2022-23 is free, so please do not make payment by cheque or bank transfer, and if you use a standing order, please adjust it for this year.

2022-23 – This is the 40th anniversary of the u3a movement, and the 10th anniversary of our IOM u3a. If you have any suggestions as to how we may celebrate these, please contact any of the Committee members

OTHER NEWS – The Philosophy Group is presently inactive - enquiries to Gill on 453649. The Rummikub Group (enquiries to Mona on 673686). Tony Gurevitch is our Group Co-ordinator on 263496. Why not challenge yourself and try something new?


we have had a proposal from an experienced French speaker for starting this group to complement the existing French Conversation Groups. If you are interested, please contact our Group Co-ordinator Tony at


The group meet: Fortnightly on Tuesday morning in Ballaugh.

The group practice the use and pronunciation of simple, phrasebook German aimed at the casual visitor to Germany.

Contact Caron Harrison on 898082 for details.


If you have any articles and/or photos that you would like to be shown on our website, please contact our Webmaster through the Contacts page on the site.


Our National u3a website is permanently linked to our site here by the end tab at the top of the page (next to Gallery). Clicking on this will take you straight through. It has a whole range of things to keep you interested and occupied.

How about keeping your grey matter stimulated with online learning? Check out what's free and available on the Future Learn website

If you need local advice about Covid 19, please click on IOM GOVERNMENT/COVID 19