CAROLINE Richards said she would have been happy for a couple of people to show up.
But eight months and hundreds of classes later, the Tamar Valley University of the Third Age is preparing for its biggest term yet.
The Beaconsfield-based seniors' education program has grown to 121 members for term three and now boasts 17 courses, ranging from tai chi to music appreciation, languages, drawing and philosophy.
``I'd say the term university is a bit of a misnomer,'' Mrs Richards said.
``There are certainly no degrees or exams involved.''
Mrs Richards, a former Victorian social worker, said she was inspired to found the group after witnessing the success of Seniors Week activities in and around Launceston in 2012.
``There are a lot of seniors here, but a definite lack of activities and opportunities to learn.''
A public meeting at the Exeter RSL in February saw 130 people turn up for more information, with 50 signing up for courses on the spot.
The group is now preparing for term three, with courses to be held at public venues between Legana and Greens Beach from October 28.
``Seniors in the community can often become isolated, especially if they've lost a partner,'' Mrs Richards said.
``This is something that has brought a lot of people out of their shell, and helped them to socialise again.
``Besides, we're healthier when we learn,'' she said.
Joining the Tamar Valley U3A costs $40 and members range in age from 50 to well into their 70s.
The group will be holding a `Meet the Tutors' session at the Deviot Community Hall on Monday, October 7 from 9am to 12 noon.
Phone 0429 965015 or 63947007 for more information on courses and registration.