Chard, Ilminster & District

Next Guildhall Meeting - Mon 16th Sept


The latest news - 1st August Newsletter




Welcome to the web site of the University of the Third Age covering the towns of Chard, Ilminster and the surrounding communities. I am so glad you found us!

I hope you will browse through and find out more about our local branch of this institution. There are branches throughout this country and in several overseas countries. The University of the Third Age aims to provide opportunities for those who are retired or no longer in regular employment to pursue and share skills, interests, knowledge and hobbies with other like minded people.

“University” for us means a place where we learn together and from each other. There is no entry requirement and it does not require high academic achievement or include exams. We are here to enjoy ourselves as we learn, laugh and live together.

Our active and friendly group offers a wide variety of educational, creative and leisure activities. Please go to the tab marked GROUPS for all the details of our existing groups, and when they meet, as well as the latest developments. Each local U3A has groups which reflect the variety of interests of their members. If there is something you would like to learn more about or pursue and it is not listed, please talk to us and we will see if a new group can be started. Some groups meet in member's homes and some in local halls.

Chard, Ilminster & District U3A was formed in 1995. In addition to the smaller interest group meetings we have monthly general meetings where we usually have a guest speaker and everyone has a chance to find out what is going on in the wider U3A including holidays, theatre visits, outings and special offers to our members. We have a book stall and a raffle as well. These monthly meetings are held on the third Monday of the month at the Guildhall in Chard from 2 to 4pm. The Guildhall is located on Fore Street opposite the Phoenix Hotel.

For more information use the CONTACT tab to send us an email, or telephone the Membership Secretary, Marion Field, telephone 68984. You can also download a membership application form from the link on the RHS of this page. This form has been updated to accommodate changes to the Data Protection Act (DPA) which came out in May 2018. All new members are required to complete and sign the form.

I look forward to welcoming you.

Marion Field

Vice Chairman