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
Brecon gives excellent value for money. There is an annual membership subscription paid by cheque to Brecon U3A. This currently stands at £26 per person. Part of this payment goes to the Third Age Trust to fund the central organisation's activities, providing advice and insurance and includes direct mailing to you of your copies of U3A news. As Brecon U3A is a registered charity and you are a UK Taxpayer you can sign that you wish your subscription to be a Gift Aid Donation.