Ruthin and District U3A

Where we are and membership: We are based in beautiful Ruthin which is in the Clwydian hills, North Wales. Our u3a just launched in March 2015. We already have 185 members with new people joining all the time.

Interest Group: We currently have 30 interest groups. These include a Jazz and Blues band, a Fun with Canines group, belly dancing and forensic psychology as well as more usual groups like scrabble, whist, French, recorders and hill walking. Our geology group have a trip planned to Iceland.

General comments: We applied for and received grant funding for £2500 which enabled us to buy certain equipment like a lapel mike, amplifier, multi media projector, laptop and bingo calling machine. We hold monthly meetings with a variety of speakers and also have special events such as a Body Shop morning, whist drive, Christmas Party free to members and a strawberry and cream event with a musical medley. As well as being a social and informal educational group we also have raised over £1000 for our local Hospice, Cancer Research and our local Ambulance First Responders.

Rose Hislop.