Lots of fun for those in the 'third age'

IN SPITE of the searing heat at the Snowy Mountains University of the Third Age open day, 34 members were signed up of which eight are new members. The others came for a look and will join later because it was so busy. Last year the U3A ended with 138 members.

Apart from having a lot of fun, the U3A provided a photographic display showcasing some of their activities including mosaics, computer class, drawing, music, cycling, DIY, games and much more, and they offered hospitality in the sumptuous lounge room (situated between Liquorland and Your House in Sharp Street Cooma).

The committee was on hand to answer questions and show off the new shed called 'The Shed'. They started work on it in May last year. It was a shell of an old shed which belongs to Louise and Dean Lynch who responded to the desperate call for a home of their own by offering it for very low rent and with carte blanche to make it into whatever they wanted, short of structural changes.

With donated workmanship and materials the members renovated it to a state of absolute luxury where wonderful things happen, from academic courses to fun and games, and there are plans for a great many more things to feed the imagination and improve the brains and bodies of those in their 'third age'.

Visitors gave expressions of interest in over 20 possible subjects and by far the greatest need is for basic computing. From this information members will formulate a weekly plan for the next six months. This will be distributed widely once organised.

The Shed is open every Friday from 12 noon for Friday Forum when members socialise and have a speaker on subjects relevant to many. This Friday is meet, greet and suggestions. Subjects planned are culinary herbs, natural therapies, acupuncture, social skills training for dog owners, cycle maintenance, course previews, basic aviation theory, your funeral plan, legal issues etc.

Other opening times will depend on availability of people to be there when courses are not on. Most ongoing courses commence in February but computing begins on the last Tuesday in February at 9.30am. People can bring their own laptop and use The Shed's wireless connection or use one of the desktop computers. Contact Gordon Griffin on 0415 126 496.

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