Big turnout at launch of group

Launch of Eastwood U3A
Launch of Eastwood U3A

A piece of history was made in Eastwood with the setting up of the town’s first ever University of the Third Age (U3A), pictured.

A huge turnout at a launch meeting held at Plumptre Hall has led to the green light for the county’s 24th U3A to go ahead.

Experienced officials Michaela Moody ( East Midlands Regional Trustee) and Karen Taylor ( Nottingham District) met up with a steering committee, led by Eastwood’s new chairman Ann McGillvray, to discuss future strategy.

Likened to a Youth Club for retired people the U3A is a self help organisation offering people no longer in fulltime employment the opportunity of a life long learning within a friendly sociable framework.

Each U3A acts autonomously but is affiliated to the Third Age Trust, a national representative body providing a wide range of services to the U3A’s.

As well as Ann McGillvray, the Eastwood and District of U3A is in safe hands with a Steering Committee made up of eight local people who have all contributed to the life of the community in times past.

Valerie Beecham (Speaker Finder), Tom Hickingbottom (Business Secretary) , Margaret Taylor (Treasurer), Janet O’Neill, Ali Paine, and Jim and Lorna Stirland.

At the heart of the U3A are special interest groups and eight have been put into place in readiness for the months ahead.

These are Art, Books, Computer Technology, Crafts and Textiles, Local History, Gardening, Rambling and Bridge, and will no doubt be added to in the future

Eastwood and District U3A’s meetings will take place in Plumptre Hall which is situated behind St.Mary’s Church, on the first Wednesday of each month commencing at

New members will be very welcome and for more details contact Janet O’Neill on Langley Mill 01773-531440 or Jim Stirland on 01773-719834.