Frequently asked questions about BJU3A
Burton Joyce & District U3A
Here is some useful information about our U3A.
Q Where are you?
A Burton Joyce is a village in the English East Midlands, 6 miles north east of Nottingham on the A612 Nottingham to Newark road.
Q When were you founded?
A Our U3A was founded in 2008.
Q How big are you?
A We currently have over 400 members and over 70 interest Groups. See our Groups page for more information.
Q How are you organised?
A We are an unincorporated organisation, and a registered charity (Charity No. 1157213). We have a Constitution and are managed by an elected Committee. Please see our Governance page to download a copy of our constitution, see the composition of our management Committee and the other tasks involved in the administration of our U3A.
Q How are you financed? Do you receive any subsidies? Are you a commercial organisation?
A We receive no subsidies of any kind from any source. All our activities are financed through our members’ annual subscriptions and any additional charges levied by individual Interest Groups to cover their own incidental expenses. We receive no support, financial or otherwise, from any commercial or business organisation. As a registered charity we do not exist to make a profit,and are unable to distribute any surplus to our members.
Q Do you have any connections with Political Parties, Religious or Ethnic Groups?
A No. Our U3A has no political, religious, sectarian or ethnic connections at all. We welcome prospective members from all backgrounds irrespective of their beliefs, opinions or ethnicity. In return, we expect members to respect other members’ beliefs, opinions, political and cultural convictions.
Q Are you part of, or affiliated to, any School, University, or Further Education establishment?
A No. Despite our name, we are not part of the formal education system. However,our members and Groups can co-operate with such establishments as part of our own activities if they so wish.
Q Are you insured?
A All our activities are fully insured.
Q Where and how often do you meet?
A We hold a monthly general meeting in Burton Joyce Village Hall which is open to all our members, see our Welcolme or Events pages for more information. These meetings are also open to members of the general public who want to find out more about us in person before deciding to join. We reserve the right to refuse admission should we deem it necessary.
We also hold individual Interest Group meetings (see below) Group meetings are not generally open to the public.
Q Where and how often do your Groups meet?
A Our Interest Groups, we just call them Groups, meet in a variety of places. Some use the Village Hall or other meeting venues in Burton Joyce and the surrounding villages. Others meet in members’ homes, or if they are activity based, at dedicated venues or specific locations where the activity will take place. We have listed the locations that we use most often on our the link Where We Meet on our Join page
The Groups work to a monthly timetable. The frequency and duration of the meetings is decided by each Group for itself. The Groups usually meet on weekdays during daytime hours, but there are some evening and weekend activities.
Q Do you provide transport to your Monthly Meetings and Group Meetings?
A Unfortunately, we do not. However there is often a fellow member who is able to give you a lift. There are frequent buses through Burton Joyce, and it also has a stat,ion on the railway line between Nottingham and Lincoln. We also use the community minibus for excursions and organized outings. If you have any mobility issues then we will do our best to help.
Q Are your venues accessible to wheelchair users?
A The venue for our monthly meetings and most of our main venues are accessible and we will endeavour to assist as far as possible. Some meetings are in members’ homes so access may be more limited. Please contact us if you have any special requirements.
Q Do you have a Newsletter or Magazine?
A Our newsletter, “Newsline” is published monthly, usually on the 1st of the month. You can download and read the latest issue from our Newsline page. If members have any difficulties reading Newsline on a screen then we ask for a contribution to cover the postal charge
Q Do I need any qualifications to join?
A All you need is your experience of life.
Q Do you award degrees or diplomas?
A No. The joy of learning and staying mentally active is its own reward.
Q Can I join if I’m still working?
A Anybody in their third age who is not in full time employment can join U3A. Thus people who are working part time are also eligible to join. If you are still in full-time employment you can still join as a National associate member of the Third Age Trust. Please contact our membership secretary. Address details are on the Contacts Page
Q I don’t live in Burton Joyce. Can I still join?
A Definitely Yes. There are no restrictions on where you have to live to join our U3A. Whilst the majority of our members do live in Burton Joyce or the adjoining village of Bulcote, we also have members from other local areas and the Trent Valley villages. We welcome new members no matter where they live.
Q How do I join?
A Please see our Join page.
Q How much does it cost to join?
A There is an annual subscription as shown on our Join page. There are additional charges for venue and/or equipment hire for some groups as shown in the information pages of the Groups concerned.
Q Do I have to leave if I go back to work?
A No. Several members work part-time or are volunteers for local charities, and one or two have even gone back to full time employment on a temporary basis.
Q Can I join a Group without joining your U3A?
A No. You are only allowed to take part routinely in group activities if you are a full or associate member of our U3A.
Q I’m not sure if your Groups will suit me. Can I try out your Groups before I join your U3A?
A Yes. We allow prospective members a “taster”, meaning they can attend one meeting of each of the groups in which they are interested before joining our U3A. It should be understood that some groups are full or have waiting lists, and that if you join it does not mean you get preferential access to any group.
Q I am a member of another U3A. Can I join your Groups without joining your U3A ?
A No, only by becoming an associated member and if there is space in the Group, you would have to pay any additional charges that apply to that Group. If we have to restrict the number of members in a Group for any reason then we would give preference to members of our own U3A. If you ceased to be a member of another U3A then you would have to become a full member of our U3A if you wanted to continue to participate in our Groups.
Q As a member of another U3A, can I attend your Monthly Meetings?
A Yes, but only as a visitor. If you wanted to participate in the management of our U3A or lead one of our groups, you would first have to join our U3A as an associate. That would give you full membership rights. We do have an associate membership reduced subscription for current members of other U3As, see our Join page.