THE CREATION of Moraira-Teulada U3A was due mainly to the determination of the late Pamela Kershaw, who, at the time, was President of Moraira Ladies Luncheon Club and Sylvia Tatnell a British Councillor for Social Services on Teulada Council.
On May 5, 2008 – a public meeting was held to gauge interest in the concept. Initially there was concern that no one would attend, however, more than 200 people arrived for that first exploratory meeting.
The first official meeting was held in June 2008 and in November 2008 a permanent committee was elected at the first AGM.
At the inaugural meeting, 244 joined the new association and the first groups were formed including cookery andtravel. There are now more than 55 groups and the most popular are dining out, wine tasting, travel, history and art lectures, golf and golden oldies music.
Members usually enjoy dining out at different restaurants every month over two separate evenings as this is such a popular group.
Wine tasting is supported generously by various local wine traders and vineyards and the group leaders try to ensure they offer very good wines at less than €5 per bottle.
The travel group has become an enormous enterprise with not only many varied trips throughout Spain but also holidays in interesting parts of France, Croatia and most recently, a wonderfully supported three-week trip to Cambodia and Vietnam.
The history and art lectures are usually held twice every month in the local theatre and are extremely popular.
The golf group has been in existence for over seven years but formally became a Society in January 2016 and has seen a dramatic expansion of the Society from one Stableford and one Texas Scramble a month to three games a month, a Society Championship and involvement in local Costa Blanca league golf.
The Golden Oldies, from small beginnings, now has a nine-piece band which entertains more than 100 members every month and opens the local Lions’ club’s annual Summer Concerts.
Moraira-Teulada U3A is extremely fortunate to have many members willing to work as Group Leaders along with the General Committee. Within the Committee, there is also a Social Committee who organise both a summer and a winter Dinner Dance as well as other popular social gatherings.
In the past two to three years, membership has expanded very rapidly and last year reached 2,000, with membership renewals this March at 1,765.
For further information check out the Moraira-Teulada U3A website – www.u3amoraira-teulada.org. General meetings are held on the first Monday of every month at Salon GL Avenida Mediterraneo 32, Teulada.