Broad diversity of hobbies and interests on display

A wide and diverse range of hobbies and interests was on display when the University of the Third Age showcased its work.

The event, at Westborough Church in Scarborough, was "a great success”, said organiser Malcolm Maloney.

“It was buzzing with a large number of visitors as well as members enjoying the demonstrations of arts and crafts, some lively performances and the information stands on the many and varied U3A interest groups”, Malcolm said. “A friendly atmosphere was created by people sharing their interests”. 

The interest groups covered art, craft, discussion, games of skill, science, history, lifestyle, hobbies, languages, literature, music, performance, physical activities and social activities.

Malcolm said 98 visitors had enquired about becoming U3A members.

Several vintage cars were parked in prominent positions outside the church. They included the first sports car produced by Morris, an MG M-type Midget, made in 1929. It belonged to Eric Morgan of Ravenscar, who has been a U3A member for about four years. He is in two groups, one for cars and one for singers. The 50-voice U3A Singers choir, run by Hugh Penny, meets at Raincliffe Drive Methodist church hall from 1-3pm every Wednesday from September to March.

One of the U3A’s oldest members is Georgette Fox, 94, who is in the embroidery and stained-glass groups. Georgette, who has lived in Scarborough since 1951, teaches art at her home and shows films about artists to her students. She has been a U3A volunteer for 19 years.

The U3A is an international movement whose aims are the education and stimulation of mainly retired people - those in their third 'age' of life. In Scarborough, the U3A has about 500 members in 80 learning groups.

To find out more, visit the website or email membership secretary Sue Petyt on or ring her on 864111.