Chipping Norton

Welcome to Chipping Norton U3A

Welcome to the website of the Chipping Norton and Area U3A.

We are a small, friendly branch of the nationwide self-help organisation, the University of the Third Age, whose emphasis is on lifelong learning through sharing educational, creative and leisure activities. The Third Age refers to the period of life when full time work is over and there is time to meet new friends, follow hobbies and interests and explore new ones. It is a charitable organisation, which has been established for over thirty years and now has over 425,000 members and more than 1,039 local branches. For more detailed information on the history and ethos of the U3A and the Third Age Trust, please click on the U3A tab on the toolbar, which will allow you to access the U3A national site.

We hold a monthly General Meeting on the first Wednesday of the month, in the Methodist Church Hall, West Street, Chipping Norton, at 2:30 pm. We listen to a guest speaker and then refreshments are served. These meetings are open to all members and are a good opportunity to meet people outside any Special Interest Groups you attend.

Please click on the EVENTS tab above for details of forthcoming speakers or look in LINKS for the speakers arranged for the rest of this year.

Special Interest Groups meet throughout the month, led by a member, and usually in one another's homes. The Chipping Norton U3A currently offers fifteen groups on a wide range of subjects. For a comprehensive list, please click on the GROUPS tab.

We hold regular coffee mornings and organise trips throughout the year to places of interest. In addition, as a member of the U3A, you are eligible to attend various courses and summer schools. Please click on the EVENTS tab for more information.

We currently have about one hundred and forty members and always welcome new ones. If you are interested in joining, please contact the Membership Secretary through the CONTACT page. Or why not attend our monthly meeting as a visitor? The cost is £2 and you can attend up to three times before making up your mind. The annual subscription is £15, payable in advance in October/November; a reduced fee of £7.50 applies for those joining from August onwards for a part year. The attendance fee for group activities is dependent upon the venue and whether room hire is applicable.

If you are retired or semi-retired and enjoy learning for pleasure, not qualifications, if you would like to share your knowledge with others and make new friends, we would love to meet you. The new ethos of U3A is 'Learn, Laugh, Live!', and that is exactly what we aim to do.