The Dulwich & District u3a was established as recently as 2015 but has grown rapidly and now has some 700 members. It has over 90 interest groups, as well as holding monthly open meetings with a guest speaker. COVID-19 restrictions have prevented some groups (e.g. walks) from operating but many others have continued, mainly meeting remotely via Zoom. Open meetings have also been held remotely, often more than one per month.
The Dulwich & District u3a interest groups cover a broad range. Many are educational - art appreciation, music and languages are all catered for by several groups. Others offer games and sports (such as golf, tennis, table tennis, and boules) or other physical activities including cycling, walking and Zumba gold. Others might be considered purely recreational, such as contract bridge, cryptic crosswords, Mah Jong, crafts and wine appreciation. A full list is on the Dulwich & District u3a website at https://u3asites.org.uk/dulwich/groups. It is fair to say that there is something for everyone - and members are encouraged to set up new groups to cover interests not already catered for.
When social distancing is not in force, many interest groups meet in members’ homes, and others in Rosebery Lodge in Dulwich Park or other suitable venues (such as St Barnabas Church for table tennis).
The annual membership subscription is £15, which includes a monthly eNewsletter and a quarterly magazine Third Age Matters produced by the Third Age Trust. For members not on email, a printed version of the Newsletter is offered - as is advice and help in getting online and using IT. Details of how to join are at https://u3asites.org.uk/dulwich/page/53995, or call 020 8670 5975.
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