Over 25 Paisley & District University of the Third Age (U3A) members enjoyed a New Year treat with a £2 lunch at Bianco E Nero’s coffee shop.

Director, Gary McCaw generously decided he wanted to give something back to the community in 2020. So he offered this local U3A a chance to catch up over a bargain light meal. Several U3A members already use this popular venue for group meetings and staff quickly recognised some familiar faces chatting together at the tables.

U3A Chair Kathleen O’Donnell, said: “It’s a huge compliment that our charity was chosen to benefit from this kind act. Paisley & District U3A has only been running a few years. Our members are mostly older people who are semi or fully retired and who want to enjoy life and keep on learning. We want to thank Gary McCaw for his forward thinking, using an inexpensive way to help people get together and socialise in the middle of winter.

“Interestingly, our last meeting drew a huge crowd to hear Scottish Opera’s general director, Alex Reedjik. He explained his role was like a farmer who invests in Scotland’s cultural legacy. He was not a ‘camper’ who took the post just for what he could make out of it. It seems Bianco e Nero’s director, Gary McCaw shares a similar mindset!”

The next U3A monthly meeting has author James Thomson speaking about his book entitled ‘In and out of Tam O’Shanter’. It starts at 2pm on Thursday 6th February in the Salvation Army Hall, Mill Street, Paisley, PA1 1ND with tea/coffee served from 1.30pm.

If you would like to learn more about the Paisley & District U3A, you can find more details at: http://u3asites.org.uk.

Photo: Bianco e Nero Lunch Treat (centre l-r) with staff member Pauline Bradley, U3A Chair Kathleen O’Donnell, and staff member Karolina Stopa