Learn something new with the University of the Third Age

FROM the hundreds of groups and associations that can be found in and around Torrevieja, one of the best supported is Torrevieja’s University of the Third Age or just good old U3A. At the end of April they announced the launch of the new U3A website www.torreviejau3a.org.

U3As are self-help, self-managed lifelong learning co-operatives for older people no longer in full time work, providing opportunities for their members to share learning experiences in a wide range of interest groups and to pursue learning not for qualifications, but for fun

If you are interested in joining U3A, then just visit them at one of their monthly meetings where you can meet the team, have a coffee, and get to know how informal and friendly the U3A is.

Meetings are held on the last Thursday of each month and start at 10:30-hrs. Learning Group meetings are held at a variety of venues throughout the month following an agreed timetable.

Membership currently costs €12 for the year or €6 after June 1. Their monthly meetings are held at La Rustika Bar/Restaurant (formerly Los Arcos), Avd. Baleares 34, Torrevieja, usually on the last Thursday of the month.

On Thursday 28th April, U3A members were treated to a fascinating talk by guest speaker Vivien Heywood , of Lace & Costume, Santa Pola.

The subject was ‘Victorian Life and Clothing’.  Eleven of the lady members and one gentleman took the opportunity to be dressed by Vivien in a range of garments dating from the early 1800’s, finishing with a member dressed as Queen Victoria!  Vivien also explained the use and purpose of the clothes.  She produced a further wide range of garments and gave information on the materials used and the historical background of the social conditions pertaining to the clothes.

If you’d like to find out more about U3A, visit their new web site or go along to the next meeting, which will be held on Thursday 26 May at 10.30-hrs at La Rustika. The guest speaker will be Graham Knight on the subject of Torrevieja: Salt and Habaneras.

By Keith Nicol

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