Welcome to the website for Caterham and District U3A: an enthusiastic group affiliated to the Third Age Trust.
Although many of the activities and interest groups are suspended, due to the Coronavirus outbreak, we are finding innovative ways to maintain our studies and social interaction. If you are not a member, and would like to join, please do contact our Membership Secretary, who will be happy to help.
The University of the Third Age
The U3A is a national learning organisation made up of independent groups run by their members. Members are normally retired or semi-retired from paid employment, and wish to use some of their leisure time to acquire new skills and help others do the same. To find out more about the history and ethos of the U3A, follow this link to the website for the Third Age Trust or this link to the Aims and Guiding Principles of the movement.
We are one of the 1046 local U3As across the United Kingdom with over 439,000 members in total.
Our local group has over 550 members from a widespread area, including Bletchingley, Caterham, Chaldon, Coulsdon, Godstone, Horley, Kenley, Lingfield, Old Coulsdon, Oxted, Purley, Reigate Heath, Sanderstead, South Croydon, South Godstone, Warlingham, Whyteleafe and Woldingham.
Our main activities centre on subject groups. Information about these can be found on the Groups page.
Groups are open to all members of Caterham U3A, and if you are interested in one of these groups, just click on the "Pigeon post" icon on the relevant page, to send the Group Leader a message. The Group Leader will then advise you of individual events organised by that group, and you can either attend or not, as you choose. Alternatively, make contact via the Groups Co-ordinator, shown on the "Contacts" page.
There are also wider learning and volunteering opportunities. See the Learning page for further details.
How to Join
Our annual membership fee is £12 which covers all the groups which you may wish to join. The cost for group meetings is variable: from 50p for a cup of tea to £5 towards the cost of the hire of a hall or other expense. If you are interested in joining please see the Membership page for further details and to download the application form.
If you do decide to join, you will receive a "welcome" pack, and will also be contacted by one of our members to check if you need any help or advice.
We look forward to hearing from you.