Welcome to the web-site for Caterham and District U3A: an enthusiastic group affiliated to the Third Age Trust.
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 now have over 400 members from a widespread area around Caterham, including Warlingham, Oxted, Chaldon, Coulsdon, Selsdon, Purley and Lingfield (see map). Our main activities centre on the subject groups. Some information about those which are currently running can be found on the Groups page.
Some of our Groups are open to all, and if you are interested in one of these groups, just click on the "Pigeon post" icon. This will send the Group Leader of that Group a message that you want to join. You will then be advised if individual events organised by that group, and can either apply or not as you chose.
We arrange talks, outings, and social events throughout the year, to which guests may be invited. See the Events page for 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 20p 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.