University of Third Age comes to town

St Augustine's Church in Daventry
St Augustine's Church in Daventry

A Daventry & District U3A is being launched on Thursday, April 16 in St Augustine’s Church Hall, Daventry.

The U3A, also known as the University of the Third Age, is open to all retired and semi-retired people, no age limits are set and no qualifications are required to join. It sets out to help people discover new interests and meet those who share them. There are no particular courses to follow, no examinations to sit and no qualifications to be gained.

The launch will be at 2pm.

Colin Davenport, one of those to launch the group, said: “The aim is to have learning experiences in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere where teachers and learners are volunteers and learn from each other. The U3A will provide opportunities for members to share, develop and take up educational, creative and leisure activities. Members can take up a new subject or skill or brush up on an existing one.”

The U3A will operate at two levels. Members will always be welcome at the full U3A monthly meeting, which will have either a speaker or another interesting activity, but Mr Davenport added: “What makes a U3A unique though are the smaller groups formed from members’ interests; they are not imposed and can be wide ranging – from art through the alphabet to zoology. Depending on the activity and size of group, its meetings can take place in a small hall, a person’s house or out of doors. The possibilities are endless and there is no limit to the number of groups a member can join. It’s a great way of making new friends who have similar interests to you.”

Anyone wanting to be part of this venture can find out more at the April 16 launch. It will give people an opportunity to hear about the planned Daventry U3A, to have a chat with others over refreshments and to indicate your own interests.