Kempsey Macleay Valley University of the Third Age celebrates milestone

THE ORIGINALS: Members of the inaugural committee, Barrie Bishton, Tony Corley, Joan Dooley and George Thring
THE ORIGINALS: Members of the inaugural committee, Barrie Bishton, Tony Corley, Joan Dooley and George Thring

KEMPSEY Macleay Valley University of the Third Age (KMVU3A) has turned 15 years old.

Among those who gathered for lunch to celebrate this important milestone at the Kempsey Macleay RSL on July 4, were four of the inaugural committee – Tony Corley, Joan Dooley, Barrie Bishton and George Thring.

The vision of Liz Troke and Dorothy Britten, combined with other committee members John Russell, Sophia Hazelwood and Sandra Walsh, created a local organisation that offered members access to a wide range of courses, built friendships and drew people together to enjoy activities.

Starting with a membership of 100 in 2003, the KMVU3A now boasts 331 members.

The 2018 committee is offering 33 courses in Kempsey and SWR for Term 3, with topics as diverse as mahjong, ukulele, table tennis, French, gardening and many more.

The U3A movement was started in the UK in the 1980s by the late Dr Peter Laslett. U3A membership is open to all in their ‘third age’, when full time employment is a faint memory!

Across the globe, U3A promotes life-long learning, without the need for qualifications or having to sit examinations. Course leaders, like all KMVU3A members, volunteer their time.

Descriptions of courses and details of course timetables are reported in the Term 3 U3A Herald. You can pick up a copy of The U3A Herald at Kempsey Shire Council Library and at each of the library branches. For those who like their information online, view the KMVU3A website or phone 6566-5963.

The celebratory cake

The celebratory cake

Options for enrolment and payment are outlined in The U3A Herald. Members are able to enrol online, by post, or visit Coastline Credit Union to organise payment. Membership is $30 per annum and all courses have a fee of $5, with most run weekly across an eight-week term.

For those interested in joining U3A, come along to the enrolment days – at Kempsey-Macleay RSL Club (York Ln) on Thursday July 19, between 10.30 and noon, and at SWR on Monday July 23 at Boronia Gardens, 10 Lawson St, between 10.30 and noon.

So to that first committee, the 2018 members resoundingly give their congratulations. With Term 3 rolling out, the committee thanks the volunteers who assist with enrolments and welcomes new members to KMVU3A.

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