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Activities for Over 55s
Started by: jo anne (32702)   Report abuse
The Extra Time Hub takes place at the DW Stadium on Tuesdays from 3:30pm – 5:30pm

Activities include quizzes, games, arts and crafts, music, singing, table tennis, films, stadium tours and more!

The sessions cost £3, which includes tea and coffee.

For more information, contact Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s Extra Time Hub Activator:
Christine Blundell on c.blundell@wiganathletic.com or call 01942 318090. (Link)

Posted by: TerryW (4136) Report abuse
Hello Joanne. I think this would be a great thing for some of Wigan world members who don't get out and about that often allowing them to mix with similar people or for people just looking for something different to do if they are not at work.

Posted by: tonker (21343)   Report abuse
"Over 55's"? Well, I'm 61 next week but, somehow, I don't think I'd fit in there!

Posted by: basil brush (13851) Report abuse
Well I'm on "old man" but even I would find that a bit to relaxing

Posted by: laughing gravy (5903) Report abuse
i see the pansies having sly digs

Posted by: priscus (8245) Report abuse
Whatever happened to 'University of the Third Age', taking nonagenarians hang-gliding and such like? I mean ACTIVITIES, as opposed to inactivities.

When I looked into them a few years back, all the exciting options were fully booked, with waiting times so long, I thought 'never going to get a place within my lifetime!

Posted by: jo anne (32702)   Report abuse
Wigan’s Univerisity of the Third Age, Wigan U3A, launched a year ago & seems to have really taken off.

Links: u3asites.org.uk/wigan and Facebook

Members pay an annual subscription, which allows them to join in activities lead by Wigan U3A and also other affiliated local U3A groups.

Non-members may attend up to two group sessions before joining.

Membership meetings are coffee mornings where you can socialise & find out more.

Speakers meetings are coffee mornings where invited guests speak on interesting topics, entry costs £1.

Membership and Speakers meetings take place 10am - 12pm, every 3rd and 1st Wednesday of each month respectively, at The Edge Conferencing Centre. Tea and coffee is £1 per cup.

Activity Groups include:
• Ancestry • Arts and Crafts • Book Club • Cinema Goers
• Climbing and Harder Walking • Crown Green Bowling • Cycling
• French Beginners • French Improvers • Garden Group
• Line Dancing • Local History • Meet and Fish • Model Making
• Music Makers • Photography • Self Publishing
• Ukulele Group • Urban sketching • Walking Group • Walking Netball

Posted by: jo anne (32702)   Report abuse
Find a U3A local to you - LINK:

Ashton-In-Makerfield & District U3A - ashtoninmakerfieldu3a.webplus.net

Leigh & District U3A - u3asites.org.uk/leigh-lancs

St Helens U3A - u3asites.org.uk/st-helens

Warrington U3A - u3asites.org.uk/warrington

Up Holland & District U3A - www.uphollandu3a.org/

Skelmersdale U3A - www.u3askem.btck.co.uk

Parbold, Newburgh & District U3A - u3asites.org.uk/parbold-newburgh

Posted by: fred mason (2826)   Report abuse
Thanks jo-anne, I'll let you know when I reach 55...


Posted by: tomplum (6181)  Report abuse
I'm strugging to fit my activities in a 24 hour day, biking,fishing,camping,film making,song writing,forum posting, gardening, grandading, fettling and repairing other bikes, buying and selling on ebay,flea markets and car boots, Doing Toms Tours and going boozing, I'm thinking of going part time as a pensioner, its getting me down.

Posted by: TerryW (4136) Report abuse
Good for you Tomplum. Keep body and mind occupied.

Posted by: cordyline (5350)   Report abuse
The Wigan U3A is going well.
Very good for many people to join a club and meet like minded folk

Not joined myself yet, but I really should join the cycling group--- it would ensure that I get out on my bike on a regular basis

Posted by: tomplum (6181)  Report abuse
Good for you Tomplum. Keep body and mind occupied.

thanks Terry, Since retiring, I've found things on my doorstep i never saw before, paths off the canal bank leading to areas of history, There are woodlands filled with nature and beauty that i did't know was there, I used to take the kids out on holidays to see nature parks and pay for the privileged and all the time it was on my door step, when we are working for a living, we cannot see the wood for the trees, When we retire, we have time to look, The way of life is mad,

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (4765) Report abuse
News For The Elderly

Posted by: basil brush (13851) Report abuse
I do like a good walk, despite me being told I'm an old man 👨

Posted by: broady (15742)   Report abuse
If you walk twenty miles a day you will be in London in ten days and can become a “ major contributor” to London World. So , tally ho, off you go.

Posted by: TerryW (4136) Report abuse
Hello Tomplum. It's essential to keep yourself busy after a working life. I look forward to be able to do the things you are, keep it up.

Posted by: basil brush (13851) Report abuse
I've been doing it for ages, even though I'm old

Posted by: jo anne (32702)   Report abuse
I’ve found an ‘Extra Time Hub’ leaflet online (Link) and the activities listed include ...

“Bungee jumping ... nothing is off the agenda if you really want to do it!”

So it seems Wigan Athletic Community Trust can help people achieve exciting goals.

Posted by: jo anne (32702)   Report abuse
Seniors Social Table Tennis (Bat and Chat) every Thursday, 10am - 12pm
Wigan TTC, Platt Bridge Community Centre, Victoria St, WN2 5AH

Come along and play social table tennis - have a game, then a brew, then play again, everything at your own speed. Equipment, tea, coffee and biscuits all provided. £3 per session or included in your membership if you belong to the club. (Link)

Posted by: fred mason (2826)   Report abuse
I had a neighbour once, who was an 'old man'.

A lovely man with a very positive attitude and who had bad knees and found walking difficult. He told me that he had just come back from New Zealand where he did a bungey jump from a bridge over a steep river valley.

Wow...when my mouth had closed, he stated that the hardest part was climbing back up the hillside.

Good lad.

Posted by: cordyline (5350)   Report abuse
My mate's girl friend got killed on a bungee jump

She lied about her weight

Posted by: basil brush (13851) Report abuse
I'd like to think I'm quite fit for my age

Posted by: jo anne (32702)   Report abuse
I like that, Fred.

Age UK Wigan Borough work in partnership with other services and organisations to provide a range of activities to suit everyone.

Activities in their Bright Days Programme include:

Silver Choir
Ukulele Club
Craft Club
Jamming Sessions
Classic Cinema Club
Soup and Sandwich

Link - Activities and Events

Posted by: TerryW (4136) Report abuse
I did the 160ft jump from the transporter bridge in Middlesbrough last year. It was exhilarating and great fun.

Posted by: tomplum (6181)  Report abuse
thats a ' down to Earth' thing to do Terry, but not for me, I'm a terra ferma activity type of guy, I get dizzy climbing ladders to fix gutters,

Posted by: TerryW (4136) Report abuse
It was good Tomplum but I kept getting a twinge in my back for a couple of days after, nothing serious though.

Posted by: jo anne (32702)   Report abuse
The Golden Caravan is coming to Wigan Flashes (WN3 5NY) on Tue 16th July, 11.30am - 5pm

Read all about it HERE


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