Ukulele classes screaming fun 

PEOPLE with music in their head and a spring in their step flocked to book into new ukulele classes yesterday.

The University of the Third Age (U3A) held an enrolment day with scores of people keen to book into a range of 24 different courses on offer.

U3A publicity officer Jean Penrose said the most popular course among the new enrolments was learning how to play the Hawaiian ukulele.

“I think people have heard about the ukulele and it’s going berserk,” she said.

“Ukulele is coming out our ears, it’s screaming fun, a quirky kind of fun and people know music improves your memory.”

Another popular course was social media, tablets, scheduled each Thursday from 10.30am to 11.30am.

The course ran for the first time in 2013 and was very popular according to Ms Penrose.

“A lot of people say ‘my daughter gave me an iPad for Christmas - what do I do with it’,” she said.

“It’s so much a part of life these days and they’re going to put the post charges up more so you’ve got to be able to communicate this way these days.”

Tony Richards signed up for his fourth year of cryptic crosswords.

“It keeps your mind active and it’s for the fun of it,” he said.

Enrolments are still open with people invited along to the U3A open day on February 5 from 10am to noon at the Orange Senior Citizens’ Centre.

On the day course leaders will talk about their classes and the range of subjects on offer.

An annual fee of $35 for singles or $60 for a couples applies with members allowed to undertake as many courses as they wish.

For more information or to request a U3A program call Jenny Solling on 6369 0281 or email Cecily Butcher at

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