Group provides chance to learn

All walks of life . . . University of the Third Age group organiser Anne Benington, of Lawrence, wants people to extend their knowledge on topical subjects from all areas of the world. PHOTO: EVELYN THORN

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It does not matter how old you are, you never stop learning.

So believes the University of the Third Age group in Lawrence, in its effort to extend knowledge to keen locals around the district.

Organiser Anne Benington said it was all about ‘‘giving opportunities’’ to interested people who may want to expand their knowledge on general topics by listening to speakers from Niwa, professors at Otago University, or even locals who have done ‘‘out-of-the-box things’’ and wanted to share with others.

‘‘There is one in Alexandra I used to attend but I thought it would be beneficial to people in this district too.’’

The group meets on the third Friday of every month between 1.30pm and 3.30pm, and speakers from ‘‘all different walks of life’’ come along to share their careers, life paths and personal experiences for the group to interact and learn.

Subjects have ranged from astrophotography to climate change; tourist countries to New Zealand’s justice system; health studies to peace studies; and different social issues.

‘‘Every time we’ve had a speaker, they are always willing to share. And our group is always willing to learn,’’ Mrs Benington said.

‘‘I’ve recently kick-started the group back up last September, and we host the sessions at the Lawrence Golf Club.’’

The group of more than 20 had enjoyed the experience of listening and learning from others, and Mrs Benington hoped more people would attend.

‘‘It really opens up a wider world and broadens your horizons, because these people share their stories with our people who may not have the opportunity to do such the same themselves.

‘‘Not everyone has access to a television or computer, so these cameos can be both interesting and helpful to those who would like to learn or experience more about anything the world has to offer.’’

The University of the Third Age was typically attended by older and retired people, but all were welcome to attend.

Mrs Benington can be contacted on (03) 485-9447.