Local Leaders: Pat Spilsbury, U3A Goulburn: Education into the third age

The University of the Third Age, or U3A as it is most often called, is a voluntary, non-profit organisation which started in Goulburn in 2008 and offers mature people low cost, interesting educational opportunities.

It currently has 34 classes on offer on many diverse subjects such as music, languages, literature, gardening, science, discussion groups, health and well-being, and photography.   

Pat Spilsbury.

Pat Spilsbury.

It has four choirs, three book clubs, two lunch clubs, field trips, a bridge group and a group which plays mahjong and, just recently (in conjunction with the Goulburn Gem Society) ran an Introduction to Lapidary class. 

Trips to theatres, art galleries and other places of interest are held on a regular basis and once a month members attend science lectures at Mittagong run by The Royal Society of NSW.

Last Saturday members and friends went to the Q Theatre for the Queanbeyan Players' matinee performance of Guys and Dolls and on Sunday our Ramblers Group had a most enjoyable bushwalking trip to the Wombeyan Caves.   

On Saturday, November 23, the Armchair Travel Group will have a presentation by one of their members Deborah Walker on 'Uluru and Beyond' to which members of the public are welcome to attend.

The Let's Explore Group's next field trip will be to Old Mogo Town to retrace the story of life during the 1840's Gold Rush.

For more information about U3A, go to their website www.gm-u3a.com.au or email info@gm-u3a.com.au or ring 4822 5186 or call into their office at the McDermott Centre, Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday between 11am and 1pm.