If you are interested in becoming a member and you are no longer in full-time work, contact our Membership Secretary John or Maureen using the blue pigeon Send a message button on the top right hand side of this page or come along to our next meeting on the second Thursday of the month at Detling Village Hall. You may attend two meetings as a visitor. Additionally, if you have family or friends who you think may be interested in joining then please encourage them to do so. Membership Fees are £20.00 per annum. Click the link for a Membership Application Form.
The ‘Ethos’ of the University of the Third Age
When becoming a member of Bearsted & District U3A, individuals agree to abide by the aims and guiding principles of the U3A movement, often referred to as the ‘ethos’ of the U3A. As a new U3A, we would like to make members aware of this.
Each U3A is a learning co-operative of people who are no longer in full-time employment. The main aim of a U3A is to encourage and enable its members to help each other to learn by the sharing of knowledge, skills and experience. The guiding principle for a U3A is that it should offer learning activities which reflect the members' wishes and which aim to satisfy the widest possible range of interests. U3As arrange and support their own programmes as appropriate to these chosen learning activities. The U3A Mission Statement can be seen by clicking the link in the Links panel on the right hand side of this page.
The funding of a U3A is mainly through the subscriptions of its members. Members themselves then undertake, without payment, the many and varied tasks necessary to run their U3A. Bearsted & District U3A encourages all its members to embrace this U3A ‘ethos’ of self-help, by offering to share their own knowledge, skills and experience with the rest of the membership. This can be done in many ways: by sharing your knowledge of a particular subject as a Group Leader; by sharing an experience as a speaker at a monthly meeting; by offering to help members of the Steering Group, when they ask for volunteers for specific tasks, for example preparing the hall before and after meetings or helping to make and serve refreshments.
If members are interested in reading about these aims and principles in full there is an information booklet available in the members’ area of the National U3A website in the Document Download area.
Our Membership Records
Our Membership Secretary would like to ensure that all information is accurate. Please notify him of any changes via the Contact page. Membership records are held on a computer and comply with the General Data Protection Regulations. These records are used only for purposes directly connected to U3A activities and are not revealed to third parties. Our Data Protection and Privacy policies can be viewed by clicking these items in the Links panel at the side of this page.
Click the link for the Bearsted and District U3A Constitution, Constitution Fact Sheet, the Policy and Principles Document or the Standing Orders for AGMs. Committee Members are elected annually at the AGM. The nomination form may also be obtained by clicking the Committee Nomination Form link in the Links panel at the side of this page.
The Committee's annual report to members may be viewed by clicking Chairman\'s Report in the links panel at the side of this page.