AN OPEN Day will be held in Hexham celebrating 40 years of the U3A movement.

Officially known as the Third Age Trust, the UK-wide movement is a collection of groups that runs member-led learning for those not in full-time work.

From retired couples to those raising young families, everyone is welcome.

Tynedale U3A will hold a drop-in Open Day on Friday in the Great Hall at Hexham Abbey from 11pm until 3pm for anyone to visit and find out what interest groups they could join.

Sally Hewitt, Tynedale U3A's publicity officer, said around 35 interest groups will be there to discuss what activities people can get involved in.

Hexham Courant: Tynedale U3A members playing ScrabbleTynedale U3A members playing Scrabble (Image: Newsquest)

Interest groups include art appreciation, various language or sports groups, or members can set up their own.

Sally added people can go to ask questions and find out more information about various groups, and they don't have to join straight away.

"This week is designated as U3A week. Tynedale U3A is one of the oldest, and we will celebrate our 40th anniversary next year," said Sally.

"It doesn't matter about people's ages. People should go to meet new people, learn something, and have a good time."

Tynedale U3A's next monthly meeting will be on October 4 by Richard Young on the 'Thatched Cottage Mystery'.