Welcome to Worcester Area Group (U3A)

Hello and welcome to our website.

(If you have any comments on the site you can contact the editor via the 'General' option on the 'Contact' page.)

Registration Day 2014
Worcester U3A is part of an international movement of retired and semi-retired people who share their lifetime experience and knowledge in a variety of educational, creative and leisure activities.

We are a self-help, self-managed learning co-operative and have just over 1000 members (March 2017). We aim to improve the quality of life for older people in the city and the surrounding area through the enjoyment of learning in a variety of Interest Groups (100+). No qualifications are necessary and none are awarded, the accent is on fun.

When do we meet?

Our 'season' runs from mid-September to the following April or May, with most Interest Groups meeting once every two weeks and just a few groups carrying on through the summer. Groups use a variety of venues throughout Worcester. We also have a fortnightly Main Meeting, September to May open to all members, with visiting speakers and a chance to meet other members socially.

REGISTRATION DAY/GROUPS FAIR will be on 9 September. To learn more click Registration The Group Programme for 2017/2018 is now on-line for Members to view.

What does it cost? These figures apply to 2017/2018 (Existing members please note changes.)

Joining: £25 if you join before 31st December,(or £34 if you play in Bridge Groups 1 or 2, which meet every week)
From 1st January until 31st March: £15. (For Bridge 1 or 2 it is £22)
From 1st April: £5 but only a few groups are active then.
The cost for the summer (2018) is £5.

The membership fee entitles you to join as many interest groups as you wish. However, some groups do fill up in September so options may be limited if joining part way through the season.
NOTE: On the Groups page those with NO vacancies have a dark grey background.

Meetings are free and you can attend one as a 'taster' but you must join the U3A before attending any more. Please contact the Membership Secretary or Chairman before attending a 'taster' session.

How do I join?

Joining in the past has primarily been by post, but you can also join on the spot at the Main Meetings (see “When do we meet” above).
If you wish to find out more, e-mail us by clicking on Membership. For information about joining on-line click on Join/Renew

Browse our website for further information.

  • For Members, Topical items in and outside U3A, more confidential information, committee contact details etc.
  • Groups, information about our many Interest Groups.
  • Events, forthcoming activities, access to on-line U3A resources and local information.

Additional information.
As a member, you will receive our monthly newsletter from October to July. To see an example, click on Typical Newsletter. You will also receive five copies annually of Third Age Matters, our National magazine.

If you have a friend who does not have computer facilities, an application form can be sent by post if the address is sent. Further details of groups can be found by clicking on the “Groups” button and group leader contact details are provided via the Membership Secretary as described above.

Neighbouring U3As

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Here are links to the web sites of some sister U3As in the area. The U3As are all members of one or more local clusters; Worcestershire County network; Hereford Cluster and Cotswold Link. We enjoy reciprocal rights to attend one Group of a U3A which belongs to any of these clusters.

Bishops Cleeve, Bourton & District; Bromyard; Cam, Dursley & District; Cheltenham, Cirencester, Evesham; Fairford; Gloucester; Ledbury; Leominster; Malvern; Newent & District; North Cotswold; Northleach; Pershore, Ross on Wye, Stroud; Tewkesbury, Wyre Forest and District;

We are also part of the West Midland Region.