“Nobody has to stop learning just because they have stopped working.”

The u3a is for people who want to keep active in mind and body, enjoy socialising, and are no longer in full time employment.

u3a Members also benefit from being able to join any of the growing number of Interest Groups which cover a wide variety of subjects. Some members join the u3a just to be able to participate in our friendly Groups led by knowledgeable and enthusiastic leaders.

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February monthly meeting saw a very good turn out in the hall, we even had to add extra rows of seats! The reason? Well it could have been the opportunity to sign up for a couple of outings but I think it was because our guest speakers were there to tell us about Lowland Search and Rescue, a subject very few of us had even heard about, I believe only 6 people raised their hands. We all know about Mountain Rescue and RNLI and even Cave Rescue but not Lowland Search and Rescue. So we were very grateful for Tristram and Alex for coming along to tell us about this volunteer organisation with a very interesting talk about what they do and how they go about it.

They are available 24 hours a day 365 days a year to be called out by the Police, Fire Services and County Council to assist in searching for missing persons. The fact that they are all volunteers makes their efforts all the more noteworthy and we are all grateful to them.

The talk also saw a number of technical firsts for Carterton u3a. A new improved sound system with hearing loop for those with hearing difficulties was also supplemented by subtitles show on the screen. We hope this enhanced the experience for members.