Stafford U3A

Retired-but not retiring?

U3A_logoStarting new interests or expanding hobbies is something we often want to do when we have more time to pursue them.

The U3A is for the retired and semi-retired. There are now over 1000 groups across the country. Stafford U3A chairman, Tony Pearce says “meeting new friends, learning new skills, exercise and enjoyment are all to be found in Stafford U3A.”

Many people wish to take up new activities as they leave full time employment. We have something to engage everyone from the astronomy group, birdwatching, cycling to the ukulele or woodcarving groups, via quizzing or quilting.

Singing and dancing are both good for us. We have a fun singing group, one for Scottish country dancing and one with Thai Chi providing a calm way of exercising.  We also have Bridge, canasta, chess and scrabble groups which provide quieter moments not to mention mah-jong. Most of our groups meet in the daytime.

Language learning — we have French, Spanish, German, Catalan and ancient Hebrew!  A chance to refresh or start a new?

There are also various levels of walking groups from strolling to Trail walking.

With about 70 groups we hope that we have something to interest many people. If there is an activity or interest group that we do not already cover, we have a member who will help coordinate the starting of new groups.

Our coach outings planned for the better weather months start at Leon’s Coaches, then usually pick up in Weston and Rising Brook. For 2020 our first trip will be to Lichfield Cathedral and the Memorial Arboretum with guided tours. June will be to Shrewsbury, then Powis Castle, including a river cruise with refreshments.

Norma Jackson looks after both the garden group and theatre trips. Plans are already made for both groups to have their outings by coach and car sharing this summer, going to Coughton Court in Warwickshire to visit the gardens, and a visit in August to Hooksgreen Herbs near Stone.

As Tony says “we are all volunteers and costs are kept to a minimum. Join us now and get more out of life. “

For more information please ring Pauline on 01785 259251

or email


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