U3A Winter Learning Programme

The U3A UK offers a new Winter Learning Programme. All initiatives are available at: Initiatives are intentionally released on a stagger to keep people’s interest and participation over the winter. Events which require members to book are at: See Get Involved page of this website for full details.

With Drawing Competition Exhibition, 19-23 October 2020, Leith

An Exhibition of the Winners and Entries of the competition (see below) was held at Custom House Gallery, Leith, from 19th to 23rd October 2020. Awards were made by Sandy Moffat, RSA OBE. See link on this page to poster about the exhibition.
Photos of all the exhibits can be accessed on:

Winners of U3A Art competition for members of U3As in Scotland

After amazing entries from U3A members across Scotland, Lindsay Hewitt has won the 'Withdrawing Art Competition' with her 'Triptych' depicting a forest scene.

A panel of judges made up of U3A members were joined by Sandy Moffat RSA who made the final decision. He said, 'I very much enjoyed viewing the work submitted. It seems to me that the participants gained valuable insight into looking and seeing, as well as gathering information and recording their findings through the medium of drawing and painting. It was a brilliant idea of U3A to organise such a stimulating competition during the early months of lockdown."

U3A members in Scotland were asked to submit paintings the size of a postcard. Jane Schonveld came in second place with her painting, 'Hens', whilst John Mole came third with 'Poppy Field.'

The winning paintings can be found on links from this page.

Sad news: Ian Goldsack

It is with great sadness that I have to notify Members of the recent death of Ian Goldsack. Ian was a staunch supporter of the U3A from day one and an enthusiastic member of East Berwickshire U3A since his retirement to Ayton in the Scottish Borders, with his wife Louise, in 2002.

Many of our longer serving members will have come to know Ian through the U3A and possibly also through PROBUS; or maybe even in the past as their or their children's School Teacher. As well as being a Group Leader, Committee Member and Chair of EBU3A, Ian also served as a very successful Chair of the U3A in Scotland.

He was instrumental in my joining the U3A 11 years ago and over those years I have appreciated his help and guidance as I progressed from Member to Group Leader, Committee Member to Chair and currently to my role as Chair of U3A in Scotland. Despite his developing illness at the time, his expression when he heard that I had become Chair of U3A in Scotland was of pleasure and pride. To this day, I often ask myself 'How would Ian handle this problem?' The answer is always the same - with a twinkle in his eye and a knowing smile!

Like so many of his generation, Ian valued Education and became an excellent and enthusiastic teacher. After retirement he carried on enthusiastically as a U3A Group Leader, introducing many U3A members to the world of Classics and of lifelong learning. Until recent times, when illness overcame him, he continued with his Groups, last year offering 'The Classics in Translation.'

He will be missed by many across all ages, who, over the years, have been helped, encouraged and inspired by him. Ian was well known and well loved throughout Scotland; his work in promoting the U3A in the early days is respected and valued by all who knew him and had the honour of working with him. Like so many of the early pioneers of our organisation he will be remembered for the joy, support and friendship of fellow members, that he and others have subsequently given us.

Kath Payne
Chair. U3A in Scotland (030370)
22nd August 2020

The funeral will be by invitation only in compliance with current 'lockdown procedures.'

U3A in Scotland Newsletter, Autumn 2019
The Autumn Newsletter is available to download from the link on this page.