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Community Corner: Learn, meet, and try something new with Beccles U3A

PUBLISHED: 08:00 21 April 2018

Beccles U3A held a showcase of all the different activities it offers to retired or semi retired people in 2016.  PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Beccles U3A held a showcase of all the different activities it offers to retired or semi retired people in 2016. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

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This week in Community Corner, it is the turn of the Beccles branch of the University of the Third Age.

The U3A (University of the Third Age) is a UK movement of retired and semi-retired people who come together to continue their educational, social and creative interests in a friendly, informal environment. No qualifications are required in order to join.

Formed in 2014, Beccles U3A has expanded rapidly and now boasts over 700 members, and there are more than 1,000 U3As across the UK.

Chairman of Beccles U3A, Peter Shannon, said: “Like all U3As we are a voluntary, self-managed and self-funded organisation with a committee that co-ordinates social events, days out, short breaks and over 50 special interest groups.

“A key element is the monthly meeting at 10.30am on the third Wednesday of each month at Beccles Public Hall followed by a visiting speaker. You are welcome to attend your first meeting as a guest.”

He added: “Joining a special interest group is great way to meet like-minded people with whom you can share your interests and expertise.

“Whether it is learning a new language, discovering local history or sharing your passion for digital photography, science, philosophy, music or arts and crafts, there is sure to be a group for you whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned pro.”

To find out more visit the Beccles U3A website www.u3asites.org.uk/beccles

If you are part of a community group and want to be featured in Community Corner, email conor.matchett@archant.co.uk.

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