U3A to host annual open day at Beaudesert RSL Services Club next week

2019 COMMITTEE: Finella Loch, Pat Millard, Andy Fechner, Laurel Fechner, Cheryl Folley, Yvonne Berry, Di Johnson, Michele Goucher, Lise Leatherbarrow and Helen Atkinson. George Evans absent. Photo: Supplied
2019 COMMITTEE: Finella Loch, Pat Millard, Andy Fechner, Laurel Fechner, Cheryl Folley, Yvonne Berry, Di Johnson, Michele Goucher, Lise Leatherbarrow and Helen Atkinson. George Evans absent. Photo: Supplied

BEAUDESERT University of the Third Age is hosting its annual open day on January 24 with a free morning tea.

U3A said it would have tutors and facilitators on hand to demonstrate many of the more than 20 classes and activities available this year at at the RSL club function room in William Street from 10 am to 12.30 pm.

Groups range from the mysteries of certain card games (500 and Bolivia) to Nordic walking, croquet and mosaics.

Members will be available to talk to all comers about their own particular activities, including the newly formed Travel and Adventure Group, which meets monthly to share ideas and photographs and has already organized a week-long trip to Norfolk Island and several day outings.

U3A president Andy Fechner said people sometimes wondered about the meaning behind "University of the Third Age."

Mr Fechner said the Third Age meant the retirement years, when people could enjoy the stimulus of mental and physical activities in a social environment, after the earlier ages of their lives as children and working adults.

"Basically, a university is a community of students and that's what we all are, although not faced with exams and awards, and not necessarily in academic fields," he said.

"Our tutors are volunteers with experience and expertise.

"We offer retirees the chance to re-discover an old interest, or to learn something new."

Visitors are welcome to simply turn up at the open day, or get more information at 0408 801 780.

Details of courses are available at beaudesertu3a.com