Bedale & District



So what’s it all about then?

Founded over 35 years ago, the UK U3A movement (based loosely on the French model) aims to encourage groups of people in their third age to come together and continue their enjoyment of learning in subjects of interest to them.
From the start, the guiding principles were to promote lifelong learning through self-help interest groups covering a wide range of topics and activities as chosen by their members.

The 'third age' is defined by a time in your life (not necessarily chronological) where you have the opportunity to undertake learning for its own sake. There is no minimum age, but a focus on people who are no longer in full-time employment or raising a family.

Our aims are:

. To learn together and teach each other
. To offer wide and varied activities and contacts
. To widen ones knowledge, experiences, skills, activities, social contacts and friendships
. To develop self-confidence, raise self-esteem, improve health, enhance the quality of life and aid others do
. the same
. To enable the learning of something new and help realise a dream or ambition

. And, most importantly, – to enjoy the experience!

Anyone, who would like to share their knowledge and experience in a friendly and supportive environment and is not in full-time employment, is most welcome.

No qualifications are required and no tests or exams are set.

Nationally, there are over a thousand U3As involving over 400,000 members with a National Office in London.
There are local groups in Richmond, Leyburn, Northallerton, Thirsk and Ripon.

Bedale & District U3A was founded in April 2009 and now has over 200 members and over 20 Activity and Learning Groups, including Country Dancing, Family History, Walking, Gardening, Photography, Needlecrafts and Patchwork, Music Appreciation, Bridge, Chess, Spanish, Art, Readers, Wine Appreciation, 'Scrabble', Mah-Jong, Poetry/Play Reading, Cycling, IT, Writing Your Life Stories, and even a group which 'Lunches’.

There is also a very active "Social Group" where outings, visits, concerts etc are regularly organised.

Remember – it only takes two people to form a group and group meetings can be held anywhere, at any time you choose, on any subject or interest you wish.

Meetings for U3A members are held on the third Wednesday of each month on a general topic, in the Chantry Hall, Bedale, at 10.00 for 10.30.
£1.00 entry includes refreshments.

So, if you have an interest you would like to share – come and join us at our next monthly meeting and give us your suggestions.