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.

In the gradual evolution of the subjects and opportunities on offer, we try to reflect the expertise and interests of our members. As you know, we are always on the lookout for new ideas, so do please speak to any of our committee members if you either have a skill to share and could potentially lead a group, or if there are subjects that you would like to learn that we don’t yet offer.

Come and find out what is on offer this year at our enrolment day in the Volunteer Hall on 9th September. Membership is open to all with a zest for life and learning – and laughter!

Your committee have been planning a great programme for 2022-23 season. After enrolment day, we start straight back on Tuesday 13th September with our first monthly speaker . All are welcome to join us from 10am at the Volunteer Hall.

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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