Bearsden & Milngavie


Welcome to Bearsden and Milngavie U3A

Membership of our U3A is open to people from Bearsden, Milngavie and the surrounding area. There is no age limit, but activities are aimed at retired or semi-retired people who wish to share in educational, recreational and/or creative activities and companionship.

University of the Third Age
The University of the Third Age is not a university in the traditional sense - it is the 'University of Life'. It is a nationwide organisation made up of independent local groups run on a voluntary basis by their members. No qualifications are needed to join and none are awarded. It is all about learning for pleasure and for fun! There is no distinction between the learners and the teachers, and everyone is encouraged to participate. You can find out more about the U3A movement on the Third Age Trust website and more about events for Scottish U3A members on the U3A in Scotland website.

Interest groups
Like all other U3As, we draw upon the enthusiasm, knowledge, experience and skills of our own members to organise and provide a wide range of interest groups and activities. Our interest groups are set up and run by the members themselves. Any member can start up a group - you do not need to be an 'expert'. More information can be found on the Groups page and you can see photos of many of our groups on the Gallery page.

Membership provides access to as many of the interest groups as you wish to join, as long as there are places available, and allows you to attend all the monthly meetings.

Subscriptions 2019-2020
The annual membership for Bearsden and Milngavie U3A runs from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020. The subscription is £10 for an individual and £8 for each additional person living at the same address. The subscription includes £3.50 for membership of the Third Age Trust, which provides insurance cover and support services, and £2.40 for five magazines sent to your address.

The subscription covers all general meetings and membership of any number of groups. Any extra costs for group meetings are met by the group members, so there might be a small extra cost for meetings of a particular group to cover room hire and/or provision of tea and coffee.

How to join
You can join Bearsden and Milngavie U3A at any of our monthly meetings by requesting a Membership application form from the Membership Secretary. The Membership application form can also be downloaded from this page by clicking on the link in the right-hand column. There are details on the form of how to send it by post with a cheque. Please note that you can come along to two monthly meetings or attend an interest group meeting (if you have checked with the group coordinator that there are places available) before deciding whether you wish to join the U3A. You are not obliged to join on your first visit. However, to put your name on a group waiting list, you need to be a member of the U3A.

Monthly meetings
All members and prospective members are welcome to attend the monthly meetings. Visitors can attend two monthly meetings before joining the U3A. We have an interesting talk each month by a visiting speaker as well as news of events and interest groups. Look on the Meetings page to find the latest details of our monthly meetings. We have an enquiry desk at the meeting, where you can speak to one of our Committee members if you have any queries or would like to find out more about our U3A.