Variety is the spice of life for Larne’s U3A members

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THERE certainly is no reason for retired people from Larne to be lonely or bored, as members of the East Antrim U3A (University of the Third Age) can testify.

At the group’s last meeting, held in Joymount Church hall, Carrickfergus, chairman David Nesbitt welcomed both new and existing members and invited group leaders to update everyone of current and planned group activities.

Starting off with the computer group, Patricia gave details of the next meeting on June 2 at the usual venue. All members of the group are extremely keen to learn starting with basic skills, progressing to individual needs of each member with everyone enjoying the friendly atmosphere within the group.

Family history members, meanwhile, are taking advantage of various facilities offering an insight into researching and compiling personal history. Members are very enthusiastic about this most interesting hobby .

The gardening group is joining up with the Gadabouts for an outing to Hillsborough Castle flower festival which should prove to be a wonderful day out.

Updates were also given on the gardening group and the nusic and theatre group, which is planning organised theatre outings later in the year. Members are also starting a sing-a-long at Joymount hall with Lorna McKee.

The reading group meeting on June 14 will feature a visiting lecturer from Queen’s and the visual arts group plans to visit F E McWilliams Studio, Bainbridge Wednesday June 1st with organiser Bob Paisley.

An update was also given on the walking group, with members planning a visit in Carnlough to Cranny Falls.

Mr Nesbitt introduced guest speaker, Patrick Quinlan. who spoke on ‘Warmer Whitehead’, covering included ideas and guidance on saving energy, as well as organisations to contact for further information and advice. Members found this most interesting and informative, taking note of helpful ideas in preparation for winter.

Thanking Mr Quinlan, the chairman advised everyone of the date of next meeting - June 2 in Joymount Church hall.

U3A meets as a full membership on the third Monday of each month at Joymount hall, with doors opening at 1.45 for a 2pm start. New members are very welcome.

More details are available on the website www.eastantrim-u3a.org.uk or by telephoning David Nesbitt 028 9335 3533