A message from Anne McNeil, our Chair

Dear Members

Life continues to be challenging, and with tighter restrictions for the next few months, your U3A committee has been working hard on ideas and options. Clearly, in the immediate future we have had to put some groups on hold, but we will continue to review the situation in light of new guidelines on Covid-19.

We all appreciate how supportive you have been and are delighted that our U3A has become such an integral part of life in Duns and District, connecting like-minded people, sharing interests and making friends.  It is even more important during times like these that we are able to reduce isolation and loneliness even if contact is virtual.

Carol and the Group Leaders have produced a timetable of those groups that will meet via Zoom, the cloud-based video conferencing service. While not ideal, this will maintain contact and provide that vital opportunity to keep Learning, Laughing and Living during the coming months. If you have concerns about using Zoom, we can provide very simple step-by-step instructions to let you practice and join a meeting. On our Membership page, you will find a link to download an enrolment form and timetable for 2020/21. Just tick to indicate the groups you are interested in, return both pages to us, and we will contact you.

This year, the annual fee is reduced to £10.00, which enables us to have the necessary licenses for Zoom and our website, and pay subscriptions to Third Age Trust, our parent body.

I hope you will continue your membership of U3A and will encourage your friends to join us to keep this great organisation going. Hopefully by the Spring we will be able to meet in person, dance, sing and walk together!

You can renew your membership any time from now and classes will begin during October.

Keep safe and well


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 message:

– 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.