Welcome to Orpington U3A
Orpington U3A is one of over 1000 independent U3As in the UK with a total membership of over 400,000. It is a self-help organisation - each member contributes his or her particular abilities and expertise. Anyone no longer in full time employment living in or near Orpington is able to join. We currently have about 1000 members and the subscription is still only £10 per annum.
Like other U3As we organise our own programme of talks, study and interest groups, visits, travel and other activities. A new interest group starts when half a dozen or so members share a common interest and a volunteer is found to run the group. These groups are run by the members for the members. Their success depends on members' willingness to contribute. There is no guarantee that every demand can be met, but a glance at the Groups page on this Website will show that in the last fourteen years we have formed nearly 100 interest groups which cover a wide range of interests and activities.
Where Groups meet in public halls and schools etc, they fully cater for members with disabilities. Where meetings are held in members' homes access may be limited and it is advisable to discuss any personal limitations with the group Leader.
To find out more about Orpington U3A, either contact our Membership Secretary or come to our next monthly General Meeting. Meetings are usually held on the 3rd Monday of the month from 2.30 to 4.30 p.m. at the Crofton Halls, Station Road, Orpington (see our Events page). Come and talk to some of our members, or just send us your completed membership form. Once you have joined you can pick a group that looks interesting and ring up the Group Leader to find out if they have vacancies. It's that easy!
If you have any particular skill or a flair for organisation, please tell us about it, we welcome all contributions and active support will be much appreciated. We want your experiences with Orpington U3A to be interesting, fulfilling and enjoyable.
A MEMBERSHIP FORM CAN BE DOWNLOADED FROM THE LINKS PAGE.
Finally I recommend that you keep up to date by checking the Events and Links pages of this website.
The Membership Year
The membership year starts on March 1st and ends on February 28th (or 29th in a leap year) of the following year. You will be sent renewal forms around the end of the year in the Newsletter. New members joining on or after December 1st of any year will not need to renew in the following March.