A group of over 400 members of Rickmansworth u3a are celebrating the success of 21 years of the group this year and the first-ever national u3a day in June.
u3a is a nationwide movement founded in 1982 for people who have finished full-time work. It provides educational, creative and leisure activities for members who want to meet new people and follow an interest.
The Rickmansworth branch has members of all ages and over 67 different interest groups including architecture, golf, 19th-century history, juggling, Spanish, film making and many more.
Jean Paddick, Chair of Rickmansworth U3A, first joined the group 20 years ago when she retired from full-time work.
She told RickyNews: “I’ve had the most fantastic time, some of the places I’ve been to, the groups I have joined, the trips I’ve been on and the friends I have made have been remarkable. I felt I had to give something back to the u3a and I’ve really enjoyed it.”
Because of lockdowns, Rickmansworth u3a has moved many of the activities and interest groups online and members have taken part in virtual Zoom meetings.
The pandemic has brought new challenges to the group, which has 35 members with no online communication or internet access. The u3a appointed the committee with three members each to keep in contact with, along with a regular bulletin through the letterbox to keep everyone up to date.
Jean added: “Celebrate u3a day on June 2 by joining your local u3a where you will find fun, friendship and the opportunity to learn something new.”
Yearly membership for Rickmansworth u3a costs just £10 and the group are happy to welcome new members at any time.
For more information please visit u3asites.org.uk/rickmansworth