Did you know that if you are a U3A member you can attend one of the U3A residential summer schools held around the country? – including at the one I organise in Chichester University each June? which is not run by National Office but by the South East Area Forum.
The school has been running for over 10 years and has got better and better. The campus was improved last year with new teaching rooms which we were able to use for the first time. Many people come back year after year because they enjoy the format so much. Find someone who has attended and let them tell you all about it.
We were able to offer a fantastic 12 courses this year covering a varied spectrum so there should be something for everyone. There is Bridge & Mah Jong for the game players; Jazz and Ukelele for the musically inclined; walking & visits for the energetic; Maths and Psychology for those wanting to test their brains; knitting for the more crafty souls; not forgetting Culture & Rituals, Life Story Writing & Art Appreciation, covering portrayal of people, events and nature.
But this is what summer schools are all about with the courses tutored by U3A members who kindly give their time for free, in return for board and lodgings during the School. They too tend to return every year, covering a different topic each time, so they clearly enjoy doing it.
It is a great way to spend a few days, especially if you live alone, as you immediately meet up with people of like mind to yourself, either doing your course or another one – meal times are taken all together in the Refectory. There are also entertainments laid on in the evening- generally a Quiz night (which gets people to meet others); a trip or a film shown on campus and a musical evening.
Accommodation is in student bedrooms, which can be a bit basic but that’s all part of the experience. And the food is good – plenty of choice and plenty of it!
Summer School is clearly what you make it but it has the ingredients of a holiday with learning attached and all in the company of new and old friends.
Have you given one a try?
For more details on the South East Forum Summer School in Chichester 18-21st June contact Helen Turner on email@example.com or visit the South East Forum website.
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