Mind Your Language(s) with Stone & District U3A!


With better weather and the summer months on the horizon, many of us turn our thoughts to holidays abroad. To make the most of such adventures, what better time could there be to improve your language skills for the country you intend to visit? Amongst the wide-ranging portfolio of nearly 60 activities on offer, Stone U3A has half a dozen language-based groups which might prove tempting for whose wanting to get to grips with the local culture. These include Intermediate Spanish conversation, German conversation and Intermediate Italian.

For those who may be planning to make the short hop across the Channel, there are 3 different French groups at varying levels including one for absolute beginners. Angela Vincent leads the French Beyond Basics group and writes:

“I have a healthy number on my register but they are rarely all present at the same time so, I am fairly flexible and could probably accommodate one or two newcomers as long as they have a little knowledge. A distant memory of school French and an enthusiasm to find out more are the major prerequisites.”

The aim is to give people more confidence and thus make visits to the country more rewarding. To find out more, email Angela at a.vincent@talktalk.net

The Further French group meets at Stone Station on Wednesdays between 9.30am and 11am. They use the BBC course ‘The French Experience, Book 2’, plus articles from French newspapers and tourist leaflets. Now in full swing again after an Easter break, new members are welcome so, for more information, contact leader Jenny Jewell on 01785-253321 or email brjewell@btinternet.com

Continuing the continental theme, many will recall either playing or watching petanque, a variant of boules and particularly popular in the south of Franceand in Spain. This very simple but highly enjoyable game may soon be available using the playing area behind The Roebuck Inn at Hilderstone. Bruce Evans is gathering information and assessing the level of interest, so if this sounds appealing, please do contact him on 01785-748453 or by emailing annabel.bruce@gmail.com

New group leaders continue to be sought. These individuals are the lifeblood of the organisation and are crucial to the central philosophy of the U3A as they freely impart their expertise whilst often being learners in other groups. If you have a little free time and are willing to head up an activity for which you have a passion, please phone Chairman Gywnyth Hart on 01782-633179
To read about the complete range of Stone U3A’s programme of activities, visit the website, www.stoneu3a.btck.co.uk