Hastings and Rother U3A

MOST of us, at times, I suspect, have trouble recognising people, especially if we meet them outside their usual context.

At the recent Hastngs and Rother U3A talk, Jo Livingstone explained the more severe problems suffered by people who have prosopagnosia or face-blindness.

Their inability to recognise people may be viewed by some as the result of social ineptness, but it is in fact a neurological condition. It is a condition which can be inherited and indeed people can suffer from birth.

Jo’s favourite film is The African Queen, as it has one man, one woman and a boat! She also pointed out the need to choose a career carefully as certainly a passport checker would not be a good idea. She recalled how a lady came up to her in the theatre, the evening after she had given a talk, to say how much she enjoyed her talk, but then seemed annoyed that Jo did not recognise her. Let us hope that having heard Jo’s talk members of the U3A will not make a similar mistake.

The next talk will be on April 28 at St Peter’s Community Hall, Old Town, Bexhill, when Ann Chance, who has led a very varied and exciting life, will be telling members about some aspects of her life, and no doubt encouraging members to think about taking on some challenges themselves! She is taking as her, title “Uver Fings wot I ‘ave dun”.

This will be followed on May 26 at Azur, St Leonards – downstairs in the Round Room (lift available) when Hugh Davies will be talking about Enigma (Bletchley Park). Both meetings start at 10.15am and refreshments are served from 9.45am.

We welcome anyone interested to attend a monthly meeting as a visitor to find out more about our organisation before you join.

You will have to sign in as a visitor, when you will be introduced to a Welcome Team member who will chat to you about our branch.

It costs £17 a year to belong, (less if you join during the year) and then all the talks are free, but you will need to bring money for refreshments.

Why not give it a go?