First Anniversary Tributes

I joined Crouch End & District U3A in September 2017 and it was a most positive and life enhancing decision. Although I am lucky to enjoy a great community spirit with my immediate neighbours and those in surrounding streets the U3A has opened doors to a welcome vibrant community beyond. I have met and made friends with many people whilst enjoying many activities and visited places of interest I never knew existed in their company. I have learnt so much from different talks I have attended and had fun at a quiz night. What an exhilarating way to live in retirement! – Margaret Hammond, Member No. 255

My life has been changed! I enjoy the diversity of activities from short walks, conversation language groups, outings, gallery visits, bird watching and so much more. A huge thanks to all of the conveners and the team who work so hard to ensure that all the groups offer a warm welcome, fun, inclusivity and learning, in accessible locations. I find my U3A sessions inspirational and have made many new lovely friends. Congratulations on an amazing year, with more groups being organised and looking forward to welcoming new members. – CE&DU3A member

I knew about the U3A from my aunt who has belonged to 2 or 3 different U3As for years. So when I saw the Crouch End & District Group advertised I decided to go along and check it out. I am not usually a natural joiner of things but when I saw the groups on offer in September 2017 I joined seven of them! I quickly realised I couldn’t manage all these groups so left two and kept five (Outings, Theatre, Shorter Walks, Relaxation, and Museums & Galleries – now Exhibitions & Galleries). My life with U3A started with coffee morning meet ups with Roslyn’s Outings group and Jane’s Theatre Group to get a list of places/plays to kick us off. Then our first monthly talk/meeting on Growing up in London – I have been to nine different talks since as well as three Science of Health talks – very diverse topics and all interesting and informative and also a chance to catch up with new friends and group conveners. I very much enjoyed the Relaxation course taken by Carmela on the lead up to Christmas. As this ended I then signed up with Singing for Fun. I have been on eight outings and have made some good new friends with this Group. It is very relaxed, always well organised by Roslyn and we have been to some great venues. We have also been very lucky with the weather – so far. I have made five theatre trips and seen some very interesting and enjoyable plays and musicals. Meeting up with friends for lunch beforehand adds to the pleasure of these trips. The eight Shorter Walks I have been on have mostly been history related guided walks by Oonagh, Phillip and John. I really enjoy these even though I am usually exhausted when I get home. Singing for Fun with Anne – is fun. This fortnightly session is great. We have an hour of singing and then tea and coffee with chat after. I have only managed two trips with the Exhibitions & Galleries Group so far but hope to do more. I have really enjoyed these visits to events I would not otherwise have attended. Thanks to Louise and Jennifer for arranging these. I have thoroughly enjoyed Crochet with Jacqui. We have a chance to learn or improve and give or receive assistance from others on the group. Jacqui also provides refreshments and we natter as we crochet. I have now joined the new Petanque group run by Annie (who I know from walks and singing). I hope this gives me some gentle exercise, fresh air and another opportunity to meet new people. Our website and Facebook Group are both excellent thanks to Julian and Jacqui and Twitter is well used to notify new events. We get to see news and photos of various group events which should encourage new members. Many thanks to all the group conveners and our Team for organising everything for our enjoyment. It really is very much appreciated. – Lesley Ramm, Member No. 8

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