Join / Renew / Update Contact Details
New members receive a copy of the Annual Bulletin, a comprehensive guide to all our groups. You can join as many groups as you like, space permitting. We also publish a Newsletter four times a year. They are sent to members by email but if you would like to receive them by post, we ask you to pay £7 towards the additional costs and you must join/renew by post (option 2 below).
Members also receive, five times a year by post, the magazine Third Age Matters, published by the National U3A.
Our membership year runs from 1st September to 31st August. If you join after 1st April you get membership until 1st September the following year.
Gift Aid - If you are a UK taxpayer, and pay more Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all your donations in one tax year, Bristol U3A can reclaim tax equal to 1/4 of your subscription at no cost to you. Gift Aid really helps to keep your subscription as low as possible. It is necessary to tick the box every year in order to assure HMRC you are still alive! For joint membership, where only one of you is eligible for Gift Aid, please put that person's name first. Only complete the section on Gift Aid if you are happy for the data to be transferred to HMRC electronically.
The committee have agreed to a reduction in fees and there is also a one off reduction to reflect the lockdown. Here are the membership fees for 2020-2021
Individual membership is £10 (or £17 for Newsletters by post). This is reduced to £6.50 (£13.50) if you are already a member of another branch of the U3A.
Joint Membership (two people at the same address) is £18 (or £25 for Newsletters by post). This is reduced to £11 (£18) if you are already members of another branch of the U3A.
If one of you is eligible for Gift Aid, please renew using that member's details. Please read the Gift Aid requirement (above).
Membership Subscription Options
Option 1 - Join or renew online
Please take care filling in your details: the form is case-sensitive. In the event of problems, double-check that you have used upper and lower-case correctly especially for your email address.
If renewing, you will need your membership number, which is on your current card. If you have lost it, just click here to ask for your membership number.
Joint members may renew this way only if they are remaining as joint members. If not, go to option 2.
The Bristol U3A payment page is hosted by Paypal, but this does not make any difference to you as a member - you can pay using a debit or credit card by choosing to “Check out as a Guest”. You will find this option at the bottom of the page.
After joining or renewing, you will receive a confirmation from the Bristol U3A PayPal account that your payment has been processed successfully.
You will also receive an email from Bristol U3A with your membership card attached. PLEASE PRINT THIS OUT AND KEEP because you may be asked to show it at meetings. If this email does not come within a few minutes, let us know.
Option 2 - Join or renew by post and pay by cheque
Download the application form, and once completed post it, with your cheque and a stamped addressed envelope, to the Membership Secretary, whose address is on the form.
CURRENT MEMBERS - Do you need to UPDATE your contact information?
It only takes a moment to use this link to let us know your change of address, phone or email. If you are a group convenor and change your email address, please also inform the Website Editor so that she can change your "Pigeon Post".
IMPORTANT: Please read this about Data Protection
Members of the U3A are only asked to provide information that is relevant for membership purposes and can be assured that the information is used appropriately and for the following purposes only: Name, Address, email address, telephone number and gift aid entitlement. :
• Communicating with members about the U3A’s events and activities
• Group convenors communicating with their members about specific group activities.
• Adding members details to the direct mailing information for the Third Age Trust magazines
• Sending members information about Third Age Trust events and activities.
• Communicating with members about their membership and/or renewal of their membership.
• Communicating with members about specific issues that may have arisen during the course of their membership.
• Sending member information to HMRC electronically (if happy to do so) to support Gift Aid claim.