Bradford U3A is a friendly and rapidly growing group offering a range of learning, leisure and creative activities for members. We now have about 300 members. Joining the U3A is a good way for the retired and semi-retired to meet people and make new friends while sharing an interest or developing a new interest.
We are constantly increasing range of interest groups and especially welcome new members who would be interested in setting up a new interest group. The committee help with setting up new groups and there are lots of resources available nationally.
If you have a special interest or particular expertise, please let us know when you join.
The monthly speaker's meeting is on the third Wednesday of the month in The Bradford Club, Piece Hall Yard, off Hustlergate in Bradford centre. We meet from 10.00 for coffee and this is followed by a talk from a visiting speaker at 10.30.
See the programme on the EVENTS page. If you are deciding whether to join the U3A you are welcome to attend one of these meetings first. Please let us know at the desk that you are coming as a guest, or contact one of the committee members in advance. See CONTACT page.
INTEREST GROUP MEETINGS
Currently we have 34 interest groups which meet weekly, fortnightly or monthly. Groups vary in size from 4 to 22. The group meetings are held throughout the Bradford district,including Shipley, Bingley, Baildon, Queensbury.
Please see the GROUPS page for further details.
TRIPS AND VISITS
We have a social events committee which organises days out. Visits have included galleries, museums, country houses, gardens,churches and much more.
Several groups regularly make local trips - Archaeology/Geology, Looking at Old Building and Art Appreciation.
The lunch groups, The International Dining group and the Theatre group all make monthly visits to varying venues. All of these groups offer a good way to meet new people and make new friends.
In 2016 we organised our fourth short break - four days in Glasgow. It is hoped there will be another short break in 2017.
Our August coach trip is usually to a stately home; in 2017 we will be visiting Dunham Massey, a National Trust property near Altrincham.
Bradford U3A events are published in our monthly newsletter ( posted, e-mailed or to collect at the monthly meeting).
Members also have access to the Study Days/short breaks and summer schools organised by Yorkshire regional U3A and by the national office.
Annual membership costs £13 for an individual, or £20 for joint membership, from April 2017. Our subscription year end is 31st May; if you join from April onwards the subscription pays for the following year giving you 1 or 2 months free. A reduced membership is available in January, February and March.
For this you have access to the monthly speaker's meeting and to any interest group you wish to join, provided it is not full. You will also receive a Bradford U3A newsletter monthly and the national U3A magazine, 'Third Age Matters'. See the CONTACT page for how to join.
ABOUT THE U3A
U3A is the University of the Third Age - please don't let 'university' put you off; it is not the usual sort of university. Members need no qualifications and there are no exams. However,we do offer opportunities for new learning in the relaxed and friendly setting of our interest groups.
The U3A has its origins in Paris in 1979 and then became an international organisation. The UK's U3A was founded in 1982 and now has over 1,000 branches. Bradford U3A was set up in 1983 and now has about 300 members.
There are no formally taught courses; we rely on members to lead interest groups but there are on line courses available for groups to use if they choose and a committee member will provide support in getting a group going.
Branches of the U3A are run by members for members. A committee is elected annually, responsible for the overall organisation of the branch. We are always looking for more people to get involved in helping with the organisation and administration - a great chance to do a little voluntary work and keep active in retirement.
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