Join / Renew

IMIPORTANT: 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.

Please always read the Privacy Policy and preferably also the Data Protection policy for full details. They are accessible from the Links on our “About Us” page.

Membership Subscription Options

Your annual membership subscription allows you to join as many groups within Bristol U3A as you like.

New Members will receive our Annual Bulletin on joining and each summer, in late July/early August, all members will receive by post our updated Annual Bulletin, a comprehensive guide to all our groups.

We also publish a Newsletter 4 times a year for all members. The Newsletter is normally sent to members by email, so you can print it at home or read it on-line.

If you would like to receive the newsletters by post, we ask you to pay £5 towards the additional costs this entails and you must join/renew by post (option 2 below).

You will also receive the publication Third Age Matters, sent to all UK U3A members by post 5 times a year.

Our membership year runs from 1st September until 31st August the following year. If you join after 1st April you will get membership until 1st September in the following year.

• You can join or renew and make your payment on-line - use Option 1 below
• Alternately, you can join or renew by post and cheque - use Option 2 below

Individual membership is £20.00 (or £25 for Newsletters by post)

Joint Membership, two people at the same address, is £30.00 (or £35 for Newsletters by post)

If one of you is eligible for Gift Aid, please renew by using that member's details. Please read and note the Gift Aid requirement further down this page.


If you are renewing on line, you will need your membership number, which is on your current card. If you have lost it, please email

Please take care filling in your details: the form is case-sensitive. If you are having trouble with the form, double-check that you have used upper and lower-case correctly especially for your email address.

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 so 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.

NB Please note PayPal will not open a PayPal account for you when you use your credit or debit card. However, PayPal will retain the information you provide in accordance with their Privacy Policy which enables them to monitor the use of PayPal Account Optional for risk management purposes.

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, email:






The application form can be downloaded, printed and posted, with your cheque and a stamped addressed envelope, to the Membership Secretary.

To download the form, click here to: JOIN OR RENEW BY POST


Gift Aid.
Only complete the section on Gift Aid if you are happy for the data to be transferred to HMRC electronically

If you are a UK taxpayer, whether by payment of tax or by deduction from investment income etc., 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. 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 GiftAid, please put that person's name first.

Bristol U3A is a Registered Charity No 291783.

Updated by HT 21.09.18