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Written by on 12th October 2021

MOVING with the times – that’s the message from one of Evesham’s leading community groups about to celebrate its 20th anniversary.

The town’s u3a will be holding its first Open Day in nearly two years at All Saints Church, Evesham, on Wednesday 3 November.

The event, from 12:30-3:30pm, will reunite members after the pandemic. It will also be a showcase for members of the public of all ages to see the wide range of interests and activities that u3a offers.

The organisation – originally University of the Third Age – is for anyone no longer in full-time work.

It has inspired people with free time to develop current interests and to find new ones. It was launched in Britain in 1982 and started in Evesham on 1 November 2001.

Deborah Andrews, chair of Evesham u3a, said: “How wonderful to find some of the inspired founder members are still members today. Those little acorns have grown into a mighty oak. Even a pandemic couldn’t keep us down.                                                                       

“We come to organisations like the u3a for so many different reasons – how to deal with that free time after retirement? How to keep body and mind active? Or perhaps you suddenly find yourself alone. Let’s keep that mighty oak growing”.

One of the pioneers, Sophie Dodds from Harvington who was Member Number Six, said: “It was the sheer enthusiasm and hard work by the original committee, and supported by many individuals of good will who volunteered their professional skills.

“That enabled us to go from strength to strength and eventually developed into the organisation of which we can be proud today”.

Chris Wolstencroft, committee member with responsibility for Shared Learning Projects adds: “We are also outward looking. During the past two years, u3a members have been involved with the Market Gardening Heritage project in association with the Worcestershire Archaeology and Archive Service. Members surveyed and assisted in archiving the Hovels used throughout the Vale of Evesham by generations of market gardeners”.

Evesham u3a began with a handful of interest groups. Today, there are 85 from Art to Yoga, including Books, Coach Outings, Family Research, History, Languages, Music, Photography, Singing, Walks and many others. It boasts around 1,000 members.

During the pandemic, members held meetings on the Zoom internet conferencing platform.

New members are always welcome. Full details about the Open Day and the full range of activities are on the Evesham u3a website: https://u3asites.org.uk/evesham/welcome


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