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jean hoggRegional Trustee for the East Midlands

I am delighted to have been elected as your Trustee for the next three years. I know how hard everyone works to support the U3A in many ways and I look forward to being part of that process.
I have been a member of the U3A for eleven years and for much of that time I have been a committee member, having been Chair of Southwell U3A for three years as well as being Groups Coordinator at Southwell and Keyworth. I was also involved with the Notts Network for several years, being Chair for two.
It feels really good to know that I can now contribute to all the Networks in the Region and I know that together we will be able to further improve the lives of those in their third age, with learning, laughter and fulfilment. I know I have a lot to learn, so please do not expect me to know everything, but I look forward to getting to know you all and about the things you hope to achieve.

Jean Hogg, September 2018

21 Sep 2108

golden generationOn 14th September a “Golden Generation 50+ Fair” was held at Blidworth, Nottinghamshire, organised by Mark Spencer, Member of Parliament for Sherwood.  The photograph shows Pam Berry, chairman of Rainworth & District U3A and Mark Spencer.  U3A members from Rainworth and Ravenshead U3As were present to answer questions from visitors.  To view larger image click here.
Jane Pavier.

On 5th September Jane Pavier presented the Wirksworth and District U3A with their Certificate of Membership of The Third Age Trust.  The photograph shows Jane with the chairman, Derek Pollard.  To view larger image click here. Photographs from events such as certificate presentations and conferences are available on Flickr.  To view click here.

About the Region

Recent  website additions

Sep 2018 - News - Regional Trustee for the East Midlands..
Sep 2018 - News - Golden Generation 50+ Fair, Blidworth, Nottinghamshire.
Sep 2018 - News - Wirksworth & District Trust membership. presentation.
U3As are organised into Regions in England, and into countries for Scotland, Wales, and Ireland.  The East Midlands Region comprises the counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland, Lincolnsmaphire, Northamptonshire, and Nottinghamshire.

The Region has two fundamental purposes:

1. To enable U3As to work together to help them meet their objectives (learning, recreation and companionship) – by cooperative activities usually involving discussion and sharing of experiences.

2. To ensure U3As have the opportunities to propose and vote for their representative on the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Third Age Trust.  The Regional Trustee provides a means of communication to the NEC.  Read more about the role of Regional Trustee under the Region tab.

Because of its geographical size the Region has divided itself into five County Networks of U3As (with Leicestershire and Rutland operating as one).   Find out more about the extent of the U3As and their Networks under the U3As and Networks tabs.  You might like to have a look at the websites for the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire Networks to see what they do and their latest news.

The Region and Networks are about U3As (and their members) doing things together. 

About the U3A

In the UK the U3A is a movement which provides opportunities for retired and semi-retired people to participate in learning activities both educational and recreational.  It also provides companionship.   There are over 1000 U3As in the UK with over 365,000 members and each, under the umbrella of the Third Age Trust, is independently operated. The range of activities in each one is up to the members to decide and provide.

U3As provide a wonderful opportunity for retired and semi-retired people to enrich their lives by learning new skills and developing new interests. To Learn Laugh and Live is the aim of all members. Each U3A is a “university” of people, who come together to share and pursue learning in all its forms.   It is also a member of The Third Age Trust (TAT), which is the national support and advisory body and to whose aims and guiding principles every U3A member adheres.

To learn more  about the TAT aims and guiding principles follow this link to the TAT website- Vision and Mission.