Ukuleles, Buddhism and More with U3A

Seven of our members receiving their o.b.e certificates

After running a limited program in Term 4 2020, the Manning Valley U3A is back in full swing in 2021. Classes in a range of subjects are underway, at low cost, mainly at the Manning Uniting Church, for people over 50.

We are happy to be able to offer 23 courses this term, with some returning after a hiatus in 2020, and some newer offerings which have been taken up with enthusiasm by our members. 

We have a range of classes, from Philosophy and Cryptic Crosswords, to Social Craft and Tai Chi.

New courses for our organisation in 2021 are: Introduction to Buddhism,  Activism in Older Age, French, and Quantum Physics (The eight Theories of Reality). 

Ukulele groups and our SilverTones Choir are always popular, and we are pleased to be able to offer these once again – albeit with various restrictions in place which require some creative adaptation on the part of our class leaders. 

The implementation of a new database, which allows personal online registration for membership and course enrolment from home computers and other devices, has been a big change.  In spite of a various hiccups this will be a great benefit for many members and the Management Committee, and we have in place assistance for those who are not able to use it themselves. 

Term 2 classes will start on April 26th, and enrolment in these will be possible from mid-April, both online and at an Enrolment Assistance day. 

This term we have had eight classes reach capacity, and the French course has required a waiting list – clearly there is interest in languages, with several participants re-visiting school French from 60 years ago!  Around 50 new members have joined us and we welcome them to our organisation.

A tradition of the MV U3A is to give members turning 80 a certificate to celebrate this birthday: their personal OBE award (standing for ‘Over B….. Eighty’!). The OBEs from 2020 needed to wait till now to receive their awards, as the relevant luncheon was not feasible due to Covid restrictions; in the meantime 7 of them were given a private concert in their homes in late 2020.

Most courses are held at the Manning Uniting Church. Have a look at our website Manning Valley U3A, where next term’s courses will be listed in April in advance of enrolment.

“Learning for Life!” is our motto. The rewards for joining our University of the 3rd Age are mental stimulation, physical activities, social interaction, learning new skills and enjoyment. 

Have a look at our website, www.manningvalley.u3anet.org.au    or contact the Secretary on 0425 757 641.

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