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Guildford U3A Members On The March During Volunteers’ Week

Published on: 27 May, 2021
Updated on: 27 May, 2021

Next week (June 1 to 7) is Volunteers’ Week, a time to say thanks for the contribution millions of people make across the UK through volunteering.

Guildford u3a group (University of the Third Age) is marking the week and will have a stall at the Guildford Farmers’ Market, outside the Guildhall on the High Street, on Tuesday, June 1. Volunteers manning it will be dressed in u3a colours of yellow and blue.

On the same day, its walking groups will be walking a circuit down North Street and up High Street in groups of six at regular intervals, again dressed in yellow and blue and carrying u3a branded bags.

Wednesday, June 2, is u3a day. Across the country, u3a groups will be celebrating and the Guildford group will be having a coffee morning in Stoke Park.

They will in the park be opposite Avonmore Avenue and Lindfield Gardens, off London Road, and hopefully visible to pedestrians and motorists passing by.

u3a pebbles.

Members will be painting u3a pebbles to distribute around the Guildford area – ideally on people’s own garden walls.

There will also be groups of u3a members at Sainsbury’s in Burpham, at Tesco near the Royal Surrey County Hospital, and at Waitrose in Guildford town centre, at 10.30am and 2.30pm, dressed in yellow and blue and carrying u3a branded bags for their shopping.

The objective of u3a day is to re-engage with local communities, now that lockdown is easing, and to raise awareness of u3a among the newly retired and those now working reduced hours.

The colours of the u3a.

The Guildford group has recently set up a Guildford area u3a Facebook page and has generated a Linkedin profile to attract new members who may have retirement on their horizon.

The University of the Third Age is an educational self-help organisation for the retired or semi-retired. It draws on the wealth of knowledge and experience of its members to volunteer to set up study groups and common interest groups and to organise recreational activities.

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