Barnstaple U3A

Welcome to Barnstaple U3A.

U3A is an organisation of men and women who regularly gather together to share their experiences, knowledge, philosophies, values and ideas. They learn from each other. It is a forum for the growth of the human spirit, the development of friendships and the exploration of ideas to enrich the quality of life in the Third Age.

Welcome to the Barnstaple U3A. We are number 8 on the National Register, and celebrated our 30th anniversary in January 2014. Barnstaple is an attractive small town and the centre of North Devon set on the estuary of the river Taw in North Devon. It is about 5 miles from the golden sandy beaches of Instow, Saunton, Croyde and Woolacombe.

We are a very active U3A as you can see from our Groups and Events pages (follow the links at the top of this page). We exist to create life-enhancing and life-changing opportunities for retired and semi-retired people in the Barnstaple area. Run by retired local people Barnstaple U3A encourages its members to meet socially and, by sharing their skills and their pleasures, profitably to enrich retired life. Members choose as many activities as they like from a rich list of shared activities offered by the 40 interest groups you can see listed on our Groups pages. For details about membership please go to our Membership Page.

Our principal meeting is our Coffee Morning with Guest Speaker (hearing loop in operation) held usually on the first Thursday of each month at Roundswell Community Hall, Barnstaple, from 9.45am to about 12 noon. The business of the meeting begins about 10.30am, and the cost including coffee/tea and biscuit is currently £1. We also join together as a U3A every 3 months for a lunch currently held at the Williams Arms, Wrafton.

A warm welcome will be given to you by our friendly group.

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