Ashford, Wye & District

Welcome to Ashford, Wye & District U3A

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit the Ashford, Wye & District U3A website, and we hope it gives a flavour of our enthusiasm, aims, objectives and activities.

The University of the Third Age (“U3A”) is a international network of educational, creative, leisure and social activities for retired and semi-retired members, who have a desire to, learn, socialise, share time, and appreciate the pleasure of interesting activities, but most of all to take pleasure and enjoyment from the experience. Both men and women are equally welcome.

Whilst education (or should we say further education) is one of our tenets, our activities do not require any formal or professional qualifications, just the enthusiasm to listen, join in, and absorb the pleasure of our offerings, and maybe to contribute when confidence is established.

Each U3A branch covers a geographic region, and is independent, and enjoys the interaction with other USA’s, and the benefit of National U3A support (The Third Age Trust). We belong to the Kent Network of U3A’s and we cross-fertilise ideas of activities so that all the Kent U3A’s are able to enjoy within their own structure, the benefits of other U3A’s good experiences. The Kent Network and U3A National Office organise workshops, summer schools and conferences that are available and open to any U3A members.

We at Ashford, Wye & District U3A run a wide range of groups, some meet in halls, some meet in member’s homes, according to size of the group and the activity, but the common theme is good company, sharing skill sets and enjoyment! Details of these groups are to be found elsewhere on this website.

Finally, we hold monthly coffee mornings at the Scout Hall in Kennington, and at these meetings we have a guest speaker, and these are most interesting and entertaining mornings, and open to all of our U3A members.

Please enjoy navigating around our web site, and we sincerely hope that it illustrates a flavour of our activities and enjoyment.

Chris Jewell
Chairman – Ashford, Wye & District U3A