THE Boniface Centre in Crediton was packed, with standing room only at the back, with people who came to hear Dr Todd Gray talk about Devon Insults at a meeting of Crediton U3A.
He was informative and fun and dealt with the difficult issue of not upsetting the more sensitive members of the audience - with his talk about how Devon people used to swear and gesture at each other.
Diana Holdsworth from the Central Office of the University of the Third Age Trust also attended the meeting, to hand over our official certificate of membership.
She commented on how well Crediton and District U3A was doing with all the recent developments and the increase in groups and congratulated the people of Crediton for their enthusiasm for the U3A.
Chair Jane Innes told the meeting about the new Mindfulness group and how they have joined in with a meditation session organised by the Philosophy group.
They are looking at different philosophers ideas on "How to Live Well".
A new craft group was also started and filled up straight away. A bigger premises may be found if it continues to be so popular.
There is going to be more sessions of art with Michael Harkett and a new group for widowed people is being developed.
Jane spoke about the liaison with Queen Elizabeth’s Sixth Form Head - to discuss how the students could help U3A members with their laptops and smartphones as part of their enrichment programme.
A U3A local history group is very popular and we are looking for a member to help run it.
Because of the large numbers regularly turning up to the monthly meetings, we are inviting people to come from 9.30am to sign in, have a cuppa and a chat, before taking their seats for the 10am start... and we are going to keep the front row especially for those members who have mobility difficulties.