Berwick U3A membership on the up

The membership of Berwick U3A is now more than 300, which may well make it the largest organisation in the town.

Sunday, 22nd January 2017, 12:00 pm

Like all the U3As across Britain, Berwick’s is dedicated to bringing together retired or semi-retired people for learning, leisure, keeping fit and, most important of all, fun.

There are dozens of activities on offer, each one run by a volunteer member.

The U3A also alerts members to wider opportunities for involvement within the local community. Recent examples include research projects run by Linda Bankier at the Berwick Record Office, and supporting Berwick Literary Festival.

There are currently 52 groups, some meeting weekly, some monthly, and some as and when. A wide range of interests is catered for, from art appreciation to walking football. (Any offers for a group beginning with ‘z’? Zapateado, perhaps?).

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Learning groups include local history, German conversation and four book groups. To keep fit members can play badminton and table tennis, tap dance and swim. Leisure activities include outings, theatre visits, board games and dining.

This is but a small selection of the wide range of activities on offer, for the full list, see our website.

An open meeting is held on the first Monday of each month, usually. These are free to all members, while non-members are welcome to attend one open

meeting to sample what is on offer.

Recent highlights have included a talk by former High Sheriff of Northumberland Lucy Carroll, who described the highs (and a few lows) of her year in the role.

Lucy donned her spectacular feather-topped hat to read a poem inspired by the experience.

In 2017, Lord Beith and Lady Maddock will be talking to us about the work of the House of Lords, and we will also be drawing on the experience and expertise of our own members to provide interesting and stimulating presentations.  

Up and coming events include a Burns Night Supper at Magdalene Fields Golf Club; Ride and Stride from Berwick to the Chain Bridge, and theatre trips to Edinburgh.