Welcome to Worcester Area Group (U3A)
Hello and welcome to our website.
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. To see information about the various interest groups, where and when they meet click on Current Programme.
(To see details of Group Leaders contact details click on Group Programme 2017, or look at the Group Page you are interested in.)
We are a self-help, self-managed learning co-operative and have just over 1000 members (September 2017) contributing to over 100 different Interest Groups. No qualifications are necessary and none are awarded, the accent is on fun.
There are many ways to help – co-ordinating an interest group, volunteering for the committee, organising a talk or visit, preparing refreshments, being a ‘new member’ buddy to name but a few. We ask all members to consider how they, personally, can contribute to Worcester U3A – not necessarily as soon as they join, but over time.
When do we meet?
Our 'season' runs from mid-September to the following April or May with a few groups carrying on through the summer. Most Interest Groups meet fortnightly. 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.
Where do we meet?
Main meetings are held at the Green Centre, Dines Green, or St. Peters Baptist Church, WR5. Interest Groups use a variety of Worcester venues, including Church Halls, Community Centres, libraries and members’ own houses.
What does it cost? These figures apply to 2017/2018
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 providing there are spaces.
NOTE: On the Groups page those with NO vacancies have a darker background.
Meetings are free though many groups will require a small contribution to running costs – refreshments, materials, sheet music etc. Non-members may attend one as a 'taster' whether a Main Meeting or an Interest Group but you must join the U3A before attending any more. Please contact the Membership Secretary, Groups Coordinator or Chairman before attending a 'taster' session.
What else do members get?
Members get copies of our local newsletter, as well as Third Age Matters, our National magazine; invitations to a number of trips, visits and lunches; and the chance to join one group in a neighbouring U3A, via our reciprocal agreements.
How do I join?
Contact the Membership Secretary, via email, phone or the CONTACTS section of our website, to be sent an application form. You can also join at the Main Meetings (see “When do we meet” above) or you can join on-line. For information click on Join/Renew
If you wish to find out more, e-mail us by clicking on Membership.
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.
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.
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, Churchdown, Cirencester, Evesham; Fairford; Gloucester; Ledbury; Leominster; Malvern; Newent & District; North Cotswold; Northleach; Pershore, Ross on Wye, Stroud; Tewkesbury, Thornbury, Winchcombe.
We are also part of the West Midland Region.
(If you have any comments on the site you can contact the editor via the 'General' option on the 'Contact' page.)