Members may be interested in this:
I am writing on behalf of King Lear Prizes, the national creative arts competition for older people during the COVID-19 pandemic. I wanted to inform you about the latest round of the competition, which has just opened to entries, and is running from January to 19th March 2021.

Your U3A members may be interested in hearing about the competition, which is specifically for amateurs and beginners who are over the age of 65. You will know better than me which of your groups might be interested!

The competition accepts entries in poetry, real stories (short stories from people’s lives), art and musical performance, and there are over £2,000 of prizes on offer. The winners will be picked by our panel of expert judges including Gyles Brandreth and Julian Lloyd Webber.

Our website gives more information about the competition and the organisation which runs it!

If you think some of your members would be interested in taking part, please feel free to share this information with them. It’s a great creative project for people to get stuck into particularly during this lockdown, and it’s an opportunity for your members to improve their creative skills.

Would you consider sharing news of the competition with some or all of your members please? If there is another person on your U3A Committee who is more appropriate, please feel free to send me in their direction also!

If you require any more information, please don’t hesitate to ask. All our very best wishes,

Yours sincerely,

Hannah Alexander

Reply to Hannah Alexander , but please do not copy your reply back to this web site!

Subject: Powys briefing

An update on Powys Covid programme

You are invited to an online event with Carol Shillabeer from 5.30pm to 6.30pm on Tuesday 12 January 2021. This will provide an opportunity to update you on the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Powys

you can watch the event at any time using the web link on the right

Our Latest Plans - September 2020

The Committee have been meeting through the summer, our main focus being on the future form of Brecon U3A.
In a determined effort to ensure some continuity under Covid-19 restrictions we have made some challenging but necessary decisions.
The first is great news. An autumn programme!
Latest details can be found on the events page.

Our next events will have to take place online using Zoom.
We regret not everyone can or wishes to participate in this way, but it is our only viable option under Covid-19 restrictions.

We will continue to monitor in the light of government advice as to when it will be safe to return to our normal ways of meeting and holding events.

We will continue looking at all ways to continue Brecon U3A. New members are still welcome. To enquire, see our contacts page where you can email the membership secretary.

We wish all members good health during this trying time and look forward to meeting you all again for U3A activity, albeit online.


Brecon U3A Committee

We have set up a Brecon U3A Facebook Group - see links at top right for information


The Third Age is the time after the First Age of childhood and the Second Age of work and family.

The University of the Third Age started in France in 1972 and in Britain in 1982. U3As are self-helped, self-managed, lifelong learning co-operatives for older people no longer in full time work, they provide opportunities for members to share learning experiences in a wide range of subjects and groups, not for qualifications but for fun.

At the end of 2016 there were 1,000 U3As in Great Britain. Each U3A is independent, self-funding and governing, organising its own programme to suit the wishes and interests of its members.
Brecon U3A was founded around 1984 and now has about 300 members

All U3As are affiliated to The Third Age Trust. Brecon U3A is one of a network covering South Wales and Severnside. It is a registered charity No. 1074288.

What happens at Brecon U3A?
Brecon U3A meets weekly on Thursdays in the Theatr Brycheiniog in Brecon with breaks for Christmas, Easter and the Summer. Tea and coffee are available in the bar on the first floor from 10am to 10.30am, with notices of forthcoming activities and trips on display. The travel desk is also there.

The morning session then runs from 10.30am to 12 noon, consisting of talks on a wide variety of subjects given by visiting speakers or U3A members.
There are two afternoon sessions, from 1.15pm to 2.15pm and 2.30pm to 3.30pm run by our many special interest groups.

On Thursdays lunch is available in the theatre, at nearby local restaurants and some members bring their own sandwiches and eat together in the bar on the first floor.

Some groups also meet in other venues on other days and include trips, courses and workshops.

And the Money Bit
In the present circumstances subscription details are under review