Canterbury & District

How to join us

We welcome new members to our u3a who are in their Third Age as described on our Welcome page. During the COVID-19 pandemic all our face-to–face meetings have been cancelled, but we are running some courses by Zoom and have virtual monthly meetings on Wednesday afternoons with a Speaker, also by Zoom. Our Chair runs weekly chat sessions and members are welcome to join them - just contact the Chair.

Our membership year runs from the 1st March to the end of February the following year. The current annual Subscription is £20 or £40 for joint membership for two people living at the same address. No reduction is made if you are a member of another u3a. If you join after the 1st November your membership is automatically extended to the end of February of the year after next. In a normal year a Course Fee is also charged for each course attended but as a special concession, because of COVID-19, in the year 2020/21 no course fees are being charged.

We take great care to look after and use our members’ personal data, which is retained in our database called Beacon. More information can be found on our Statement on Data Protection. In joining our u3a members are deemed to accept our Privacy Policy 2019 (please click on the link to read it) and to comply with our Terms and Conditions of Membership.

How to join our u3a:
You may join on-line, by email or by post as described below.
For those who would like to discuss aspects of joining before committing themselves please feel free to contact the Membership Secretary.

Join on-line
In applying to join on-line you are deemed to comply with our terms and conditions and accept how we manage your personal data, as described above.

When using the on-line application form the following notes will help you:

  • Please select either Individual Membership or Joint Membership if your partner or friend lives at the same address and wishes to join. If that person is already a member of our u3a please also email our Membership Secretary directly with his/her membership number so our records can be updated.
  • Please enter your Forename with an initial capital letter. Your SURNAME needs to be all in capital letters
  • In the “Known as“ box insert either your Christian name or preferred forename
  • The emergency contact box may be left blank if desired
  • Please tick the box if you are a UK tax payer and wish u3a to claim Gift Aid on your subscription. In this case please also download and complete the Gift Aid Form and email it to the Membership Secretary (It does not need a signature).

After completing the application form and clicking the “Make Payment” button you will be asked to pay the subscription using PayPal with a valid debit or credit card (a PayPal account is not required to do this), or your personal PayPal account. On successful completion of payment you will receive a receipt from PayPal and on pressing the “Return to Merchant” button, you will also receive a receipt from our u3a showing the expiry date of your membership. In due course the Membership Secretary will arrange for you to receive our Welcome Pack.

To join now click on the Join-u3a link, which will take you from our website to the on-line application form on the Beacon system.

By Email
Click on this link Application Form 2020-21 to download the form. Print it off and complete it. If you are a UK tax payer and are willing for us to claim Gift Aid on your subscription please also download the Gift Aid Form (no need to sign it). After completing the form(s) as appropriate, please scan them and return them to the Membership Secretary by email. You will also need to pay your Subs by on-line banking into our bank account and advise the Membership Secretary by email when you have done so. The Membership Secretary will acknowledge your application when payment has been confirmed, and will advise you of your membership number. You will also receive a welcome pack.

By Post
Download the forms as described above. and post them together with your cheque for the Subs made payable to “u3a Canterbury & District” to the Membership Secretary at our Orange St office. If you are unable to download the forms please telephone our office and leave a message for the Membership Secretary with your full contact details.

Special Case
If you are a current member of another u3a, please complete the on line application form and payment as above, but also advise the Membership Secretary that you have applied to join us and say the name of the other u3a. Please note that we do not offer a reduced membership rate if you are a member of another u3a.