Macclesfield Rural


We are a U3A Group in the County of Cheshire East, drawing our members mostly from Macclesfield and the surrounding areas of Sutton, Langley, Adlington, Gawsworth, Bollington, and Prestbury.

We currently have around 500 members and offer over forty activity groups. Most groups meet in houses of members, although some activities because of their nature or numbers of members attending are held at various venues and halls in and around Macclesfield.

U3A stands for the University of the Third Age which is a self-help organisation for people who are retired, semi-retired or no longer in full time employment providing educational, creative and leisure opportunities in a friendly environment.

U3As are charities in their own right and are run entirely by volunteers. Local U3As are learning cooperatives who draw upon the knowledge, experience and skills of their own members to organise and provide interest groups in accordance with the wishes of the membership.

Between them U3As offer the chance to study over 300 different subjects in such fields as art, languages, music, history, life sciences, philosophy, computing, crafts, photography and walking.