Report on East Antrim’s Summer School

Report from East Antrim U3A on their Summer School which was open to all:

We at East Antrim U3A hosted a series of workshops during the period 16 July through 24 August.

The subjects were wide and varied and included unusual topics like Cold Porcelain Flowers (both days were fully booked); The World of the Deaf & their Language, was hosted by one of our members whose son is profoundly deaf – he attended in the afternoon and we were able to try out some of the sign language learnt in the morning – this is being followed up with a monthly class.  Calligraphy was so popular it ran into three separate days and will continue twice monthly.  ALL the languages had a day too, and all were well attended and included holiday phrases, culture, regional holiday and food of the countries was provided for lunch.  The Colour pencil day was also fully booked and all attendees took home a drawing they were pleased with – the regular class has now been swelled with newbies.  Another crafty subject was wet felting – the products of which were amazing!  One other unusual workshop was spinning and weaving led by another member – so not only did the attendees spin their own yarn, but they used it to create a woven table mat.  The Tai Chi was very well attended too – our regular Tai Chi lady did a demonstration of fan movements with the largest fans you could imagine.  Other subjects covered, were Laughter Yoga – the sound of this was very uplifting indeed!; Table Games brought us back to childhood memories playing games not played since we were children. On a more serious note was the Bridge Tournament, which was also a great success.  Outside of our premises was the Canoe Taster day run by our fully qualified member – it was held in Carrick Marina and reported to be a great afternoon.

It was lovely to see so many members from other U3As who visited us for these events.  It was a pleasure to meet them and see them joining in the fun.

Attendee comments can be found on our website at

The whole series of Summer18 workshops was SO successful that we will seriously consider offering them again next year in July & August.