Time is arguably the most valuable thing we have. Time talking, time doing interesting things, time learning and laughing together, is time well spent. It’s been a busy and rewarding year for Rotherham u3a (Ru3a) members, who’ve invested some of their valuable time in one or more of 38 available activities.

Membership, which fell after the pandemic, has this year risen above pre-pandemic levels, with many first-time members joining the new and flourishing Bridge, Walking Football, Walking Netball or Absolute Beginners’ Spanish groups.

The group spent time with visitors at the Rotherham Show, at Ru3a’s own Open Day and at the Choir’s Christmas Concert. Members learned how to use a defibrillator, how to improve home fire-safety, and about the Samaritans.

Everyone enjoyed time together at the Christmas party. At regular socials, members sang with the Ukulele group, enjoyed humorous readings from the Creative Writers, and puzzled over quizzes. New members met to get to know their u3a.

On 5th July, the Ru3a Choir holds its Summer Concert at 7.00pm at Herringthorpe United Reformed Church. Tickets are £7.50, including light refreshments.
The Gardening and Out and About group visits RHS Bridgewater on 11th July (see website).

Ru3a Walking Football and Walking Netball teams take part in the first National u3a Festival in York between the 18th and 20th July, showcasing a wide variety of u3a activities, talks, musical entertainment, workshops and sport.

After working flat out for several months, three talented members launched the brand-new Ru3a website, where you’ll find all Ru3a activities, events, articles, photographs, links to group coordinators and trustees and much more.

Spend a little time exploring it at www.rotherham.u3asite.uk. It’s a wise investment!