Isle of Man



The Herb Group has a few places available on a guided tour of Cregneash Gardens on Tuesday 3rd August at 2pm. Admission is £7.20 unless you have a current Manx National Heritage membership card. Please contact Janice Cunliffe on 853722 or 417799 by 5pm Sunday 1st August latest.

Welcome back to our regular monthly update.

JULY 2021

Network Meeting – Thursday 15th July at St Johns Mill at 2.00 pm, our speaker is Maureen Cowbourne from Age Concern with an introduction to their work.

Quiz Group – this group is back after a June holiday, it takes place on Friday 16th July at the Highwayman Pub in Peel, between 2 pm and 4 pm.

Calf Trip (replacement) – an extra trip has been planned due to the bad weather cancellation of one of the May trips. This trip is on Friday 23rd July, and there are still a few places available. For details please contact Les on

Douglas Corporation Recycling visit – Friday 30th July at 1.15pm – find out what happens to the contents of the blue and green kerbside recycling boxes. I have used these boxes since they were first introduced, but I have no idea what happens after the big noisy truck takes the stuff away! Anyone interested in this free of charge visit, please contact me at

German conversation – we now have someone willing to act as caretaker for this proposed group. Anyone interested, please contact Tony on 07624 263496.

Preview – we are hoping to arrange a guided tour of the Knockaloe Visitors’ Centre in August or September. Details to be announced shortly.

Milntown – Just a heads up for those of you who hadn’t heard – Milntown is giving free admission to the gardens on Mondays and Tuesday for the next 3 weeks (until the end of this month). There was an impressive feature on the gardens in the Gardeners’ World programme last Friday, so definitely worth a visit.

Sue Madigan


JUNE 2021

AGM/Network Meeting

This Thursday the 17th sees us present the AGM and Network Meeting, at St Johns Mill, starting at 2 pm prompt. You have already been sent most of the AGM papers, and attached are the accounts and a revised agenda. The AGM should not take too long, and please remember you need to be a paid up member to be able to vote.

Quiz Group

Please note that the meeting due to be held on Friday 18th June has been cancelled due to a lack of setters. However, July’s meeting on the 16th is all set!

New Group

A Digital Photography group has been set up, helping you to take more creative pictures through unlocking your camera's 'magic aids'.

Led by Jem Cotton, the group will meet at various locations, on alternate Tuesdays starting soon.

The first meeting will be held at Whitestrand Farm, Peel. You can contact Jem by email -


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Latest happenings......


We have finally received our proposed revised Constitution back from the Attorney General's Office. There was no comment on the changes suggested by U3A Head Office that we incorporated. This was no surprise, as the Third Age Trust must have consulted the UK charities Commission on their form of words. There were some further changes made by the AG's Office, but they were mostly "tidying up". We had neglected to substitute "Attorney General" for the "Chief Registrar", and they prefer "Manx Law" to Isle of Man Charities Legislation. Also, there is no requirement for all the Trustees (Committee members) to sign the document, just a notification of the date of the AGM or SGM when it was approved for adoption by the members.

Although these are minor changes, and the revision was approved in principle at the AGM, the accompanying note from the AG's Office makes is quite clear that have to have the members' approval for this final version. To this end, we will be "tacking" a Special General Meeting on to the February Network Meeting (the January meeting having been cancelled due to lockdown). Don't worry, this will take all of about 5 minutes, but it can then be officially minuted as adopted and copies returned to both the AG's Office and the Third Age Trust as our up-to-date Constitution. It's really an insurance policy (should we be faced with a situation like we are currently working through), giving us the ability to hold a virtual AGM. We contacted you with the notification and a copy of the document in December.

At the February Network meeting the revised constitution was approved unanimously.


In the February 2021 issue of Third Age Matters the Isle of Man features again with another 2 page spread on our Progressive Rock Group. Great photographs of The Moody Blues in 2013 at the Bismarck Centre in North Dakota and of King Crimson in 2014. A smaller photo of Jan Bujko, the convenor of the IOM Prog Rock group, appears in the article. Jan is an extremely enthusiastic leader of this group and is quoted "I feel very lucky to have been brought up on this wonderfully creative era of music". Check out this article - it's good reading.


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

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