U3A taking a "ready but steady" approach to course resumption

U3A EXECS: Cheryl Folley, Michele Goucher, Lise Leatherbarrow, Andy Fechner, Di Johnson, Tina Jones, Carol Castles and Yvonne Berry. Absent: George Evans and Helen Atkinson. Photo: supplied
U3A EXECS: Cheryl Folley, Michele Goucher, Lise Leatherbarrow, Andy Fechner, Di Johnson, Tina Jones, Carol Castles and Yvonne Berry. Absent: George Evans and Helen Atkinson. Photo: supplied

Members of Beaudesert University of the Third Age are happily re-organising themselves as many of their 20-plus courses resume as coronavirus restrictions ease.

President Andy Fechner said they would closely follow government guidelines and proceed with awareness.

"Social contact with their peers is an important part of life for seniors these days, as many family members are scattered and individuals in any case are keeping fitter, living longer, and looking for various activities," he said.

Mr Fechner said several groups had kept in contact with members through regular emails, phone calls, plus an excellent U3A monthly newsletter during the lockdown.

"We were amazed at some of the writing talents revealed," he said.

"And keen gardeners contributed many photos of their accomplishments in jobs they'd been meaning to do for ages.

"We've also provided free access to the independent operation, U3A Online, for half a dozen online courses through our group membership, and hope that members will continue with their online activities.

"However, nothing beats the real thing."

Activities resuming during June included croquet, social tennis, mosaics, calligraphy, French, discussion group, computer/technologies and the Jimboomba-based card group (Bolivia only at this stage).

Mr Fechner said the walking/Nordic walking group had continued to operate during lockdown while observing social distancing and would be happy to welcome new members.

Others would be fine-tuning their plans during the month.

For details, visit beaudesertu3a.com, U3A Beaudsert on Facebook, or contact course coordinator Tina Jones on 0418 780 861 or by email at t.j.16@bigpond.com .