Could this be the fittest WI Branch in the area – well, probably not but members gained some first-hand experience of what it is like to “work-out” using the Chinese art of Tai Chi.
The timing of this was very appropriate giving members the opportunity to work off the excesses of Christmas celebrations and the branch Christmas meal which was a particularly pleasing affair. It was prepared for us by local caterer Ivys and held at their premises in Whittocks Road. It proved to be excellent value for money and served in a pleasant ambience with all the Christmas trimmings.
The Tai Chi instructor was a member of the u3a, formerly University of the Third Age, who explained that it is an art well known for its slow intentional movements used as a form of gentle exercise. It is popular with the more senior members of society and in hospitals, clinics and community centres providing many health benefits,
Our speaker also explained how the U3A is organised and the benefits of joining. Membership is inexpensive and the work which is undertaken by the organisation is carried out on a voluntary basis. Members have access to numerous courses where they can learn a variety of skills. There are are also events that members can attend either in person or via zoom and are often free of charge. Members are also encouraged to set up their own groups to help or educate other like-minded or interested members.
We first became aware of the u3a when they took a table at our annual Autumn Fayre which generated quite a bit of interest and consequently were invited to give a talk to the branch. They hope to be at our Fayre again later this year.
Following the talk, we held a “Speed-chat” – a popular ice-breaker – where members, especially the newer ones, can meet, chat and get to know other members in a short space of time.
At the end of the evening, we distributed our Branch programme showing our forthcoming events and this year members can look forward to talks about the Canary Girls, a Victorian Gardener, Holiday Ideas, a visit to Saltford Brass Mill Museum and a fun game of Ten Pin Bowling. Another packed year for members to enjoy.