Spotlight On… Royston U3A

Going on from strength to strength!

The U3A is one of the very few organisations that is run by third agers for third agers; The University of the Third Age (U3A) movement is a unique and exciting organisation that provides, through its local U3As, life-enhancing opportunities. Retired and semi-retired people aged 50 plus come together and learn, not for qualifications but for its own reward: the sheer joy of discovery. The Third Age Trust’s motto is Learn, Laugh, Live.

Since July 2015, when it started from scratch, Royston U3A has been a success story. It now has 400 members and offers a wide range of creative and leisure opportunities. Royston U3A primarily draws on the knowledge and skills of its members and has around 30 flourishing interest groups currently including Ballroom & Latin Dancing, Birding, Clay Shooting, Current Affairs, Curry Club, Fitness, Five Mile Walks, French Conversation, Gardening, Golf, History, Jazz Appreciation, Wine Appreciation and lots more with new interest groups added all the time. Theatre trips to London, Cambridge and Milton Keynes happen regularly. There are excursions to places of interest such as The Globe Theatre on London’s South Bank, The Houses of Parliament and The British Racing School at Newmarket.
Monthly meetings are held in Royston Parish Church with guest speakers talking on a variety of interesting subjects such as A History of Recorded Music; The Great Broadway Musical Theatre Partnerships; Wimpole Hall; The History of Pantomime; The Life of a Member of Parliament by our local MP, Sir Oliver Heald.
Royston U3A Chairman, Jackie Gellert said “Members find that we are an incredibly welcoming group” and added “It is quite special to be part of a nationwide network of U3As with hundreds of groups and thousands of members.”

Royston U3A monthly meetings take place on the last Tuesday of the month at Royston Parish Church at 2pm and usually attract a large turnout. Non-members can join when they come to a monthly meeting or alternatively by downloading and completing a membership form from the Royston U3A website.

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