The new editor of Crewkerne & District U3A’s newsletter, plans to double the number of publications from six issues to twelve a year, providing monthly news and updates for the group’s members. Maggie Hewson, who recently took over as the newsletter editor, aims to make it as “newsy as possible.” As part of her plan, she has appealed to group leaders to keep her informed of everything that is happening. Maggie Hewson said: “I hope that publicity in the newsletter will help with the setting up of new groups and finding a new leader for those that need one.” In addition to covering more news on the groups, Maggie also wants to publish a rolling calendar of events that are planned by the specialist groups in the local U3A.
Crewkerne & District U3A currently has 48 specialist groups under its umbrella, ranging from Ancient History, Bridge and Colour Therapy to Table Tennis, Ukulele and Writing For Pleasure. The first Crewkerne & District U3A newsletter was issued in September 1998. Crewkerne & District U3A also produces a magazine under the editorial reins of Teresa Bond, who recently produced a special edition of the magazine to commemorate the group’s 20th anniversary. The souvenir magazine covers the history of Crewkerne & District U3A from its early days in 1998, its charitable donations and fund-raising events, current group activities and contains colour photographs, true stories, anecdotes and poems.
The different newsletter and magazine editors during the past 20 years have all contributed to the publications ongoing success. As a new chapter in its history begins, the U3A’s motto on the back cover of the Special Edition 2017: “Those who teach shall learn & those who learn shall teach,” rings as true today as it did all those years ago.