The U3A or University of the Third Age provides courses nationally for around 350,000 people who are retired or no longer in full-time employment. Locally, the Stone branch now has almost a thousand participants in what has recently been described, in some senses, as the only real university left in England. Weekly fees are less than the price of a cup of coffee with the only significant cost being time and commitment. Across the 50+ groups operating in Stone, the students who attend are inspired by the sheer joy of learning alongside like-minded people spurred on by similar needs.
After the success last month of the Art group’s exhibition at Stone Library, June sees the turn of the Photography group, samples of whose recent work will adorn the same venue throughout the month. The group recognises its good fortune in having Bruce Evans as its leader. Bruce—-who spent much of the 1960s as a press photographer snapping the rich and famous in Swinging London—was a founding member of Stone U3A in 2005 and has been a committee member throughout its history.
He has led the photography activity for almost a decade building the group into one of the most popular and most vibrant on offer. A visit to the Library will be a real treat as the quality of the images—several shown here—will be first-class. Indeed in mid-June, the display will be completely changed so it is worth going twice to admire the skills on show.