Big turnout for U3A launch

Brodick Hall was packed for the launch of U3A.

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There was a super turnout to the launch of the U3A, University of the Third Age, in Brodick last week.

The organisers watched in amazement as people poured into Brodick Hall for the event on Tuesday January 28.

They had  hoped for a good turnout, but despite the inclement weather, around  100 locals and one dog arrived to fill up the seats laid out in the hall, and extra chairs had to be brought in and the balcony opened.  Tables were set out round the room with the lists of subjects, leaders, and groups available at that point.

U3A, which has the moto learn, laugh, live, is a worldwide organisation which provides opportunities for people who are  retired, or semi-retired, from full time work to meet others and follow new interests, or revisit old ones.

After introductions, by Mhairi Smeir, chairwoman of the steering group, details were given about health and safety, fire drills and financial arrangements.  The cost of membership of the Arran U3A is £15 per year and this is inclusive of any number of groups an individual may wish to join.  There may be a small cost for individual groups depending on circumstances, eg the hire of a room, or £1 each if the group is held in a member’s house.

Ann Keating was going to speak about the movement, how it worked and how the central organisation could provide information and advice.  In the event Ann reached Ardrossan, but was unable to get over and back because of the weather.  Mhairi did an excellent job in her stead and Anne hopes to be able to join a monthly meeting very soon.

Next the audience were able to visit the tables and sign up for various subjects of interest to them. They were also able to suggest other subjects .  Approximately 60 people became members on the day and a very large number signed up for the groups.  Five new leaders volunteered and many people took the forms home to think about what they wished to do.

The excitement as people queued up at the tables and waited patiently for their turn was immense.. The hall  was crowded with people laughing , discussing , making new friends and even arranging lifts.

Despite this they were all in their seats at the requested time to hear a short joyful recital from Ain’t Misbehavin’

Isobel Thompson , an original  member of the group, gave a very interesting  introduction to the history and development of the group. Feet tapped and heads nodded and everyone left with a smile.

                                                                                                                            Mairi S Christie


Brodick Hall was packed for the launch of U3A. 01_B06uni01

Chairwoman Mhairi Smeir gives warm welcome to the audience with the steering committee behind her. 01_B06uni02

The hall was packed for the launch. 01_B06uni03

One guest enjoys a cup of tea. 01_B06uni05

The packed hall at the launch. NO_B06uni07

Isobel Thompson gives a introduction to the history and development of the group. NO_B06uni08

New members sign up for one of the groups. NO_B06uni09

Ain’t Misbehavin’ performing at the launch. NO_B06uni10

The audience enjoy a cup of tea and a chat. NO_B06uni11