Welcome to Duns and District u3a

A message from Genny Dixon, our Chair

Dear Members

What a year it has been! All credit to our intrepid band of group leaders and committee members who have managed to not only keep Duns and District u3a going through such challenging times, but also grown the range and reach of our interest groups. We are excited to be able to meet face to face in the Autumn and plan to resume our popular programme as soon as we can.

We have some great speakers lining up for our monthly meetings; new network opportunities planned with our neighbouring u3a groups in East Berwickshire (Eyemouth) and Four Abbeys (Kelso) – and even a new logo from the Third Age Trust (no, not a typing mistake – we have moved to lower case u and a in u3a!).

Come and find out what is on offer this year at our enrolment day on 11 September. Membership is open to all with a zest for life and learning – and laughter!

Genny Dixon

About the u3a movement

The University of the Third Age movement started in France in 1974 and spread to England in 1982 and to Scotland in 1987. There are currently more than 850 u3as in the United Kingdom, with over 290,000 individual members; There are over 40 branches in Scotland, with around 6,000 members.

The parent body of u3a is the Third Age Trust, based in Bromley, Kent. Their mission statement has the following aims:

– The aim is to facilitate the growth of the u3a movement;
– To provide support for management and learning in u3as;
– To raise the profile of the u3a movement;
– To promote the benefits of learning in later life through self-help learning.

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