U3A launches in town next week

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The first meeting and local launch of University of the Third Age - U3A - in Longridge is to take off next week.

Instigator of the self-help organisation in the town is locally-based Barbara Green, who will welcome all those interested to the event next Wednesday, January 29.

The venue is Longridge Civic Hall and the start time is 2pm. The meeting will be led by the north west regional trustee Jenny Carley, from the Third Age Trust, and Barbara hopes many will attend to learn about the organisation. Barbara began a group of the nationally-known organisation when she lived in Scotland, and got together with like-minded friends to start one in Longridge.

She said: “It’s exciting news for those in the Longridge area who are no longer in full-time employment.

“With the closure of many adult education classes and the rising costs for many leisure and creative activities, U3A can be the answer for many older people who need active recreation and involvement.”

The organisation consists of local U3As all over the UK, charities in their own right and run entirely by volunteers. They are learning co-operatives which draw on the knowledge, experience and skills of members to organise and provide interest groups taking in members’ wishes.

Between them U3As offer the chance to study more than 300 different subjects in areas such as art, languages, music, history, life sciences, philosophy, computing, crafts, photography and walking.

A typical U3A has about 250 members but could be as small as 12 and as large as 2,000.