Chipping Norton

Welcome to Chipping Norton U3A

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

Please notice the launch of a new group for those who like writing. The information is on the bottom right.

We hope that all our members are bearing up, keeping safe and enjoying, as best as possible, this lovely spring weather. Please find attached, bottom right under 'Links', our latest Newsletter.

Coronovirus: Please note that we are now following Government advice about limiting the risk of this virus. Accordingly, and sadly, we have cancelled our monthly meetings on June 3rd and July 1st.

We will, of course, keep members informed as things develop. However, please note that we now have a full programme of speakers arranged for 2021. You can find this list under Links on the right. Best wishes to all, and keep well.

Special Interest Groups are also advised not to go ahead for the time being.


WE HAVE MOVED! From 5th February, 2020, all our monthly meetings will be held in The Town Hall, starting at 2.30 pm as usual. We have grown out of the Methodist Church Hall, but we are most grateful for its use these last few years.

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. This list can be found at the bottom of the page.

ALSO, please check the Links page for up-to-date information about our 24 Special Interest Groups.

SUBSCRIPTIONS: These are now due. £18 per annum, though £9.00 if you joined after July 1st, 2019. Please see 'Membership Application' form on the Links page.

The new U3A Constitution has now been added to the website. Please go the Links page; it is the sixth item down.

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 currently have about one hundred and eighty 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 £18, payable in advance in October/November; a reduced fee of £9.00 applies for those joining from July for a part year. The attendance fee for group activities is dependent upon the venue and whether room hire is applicable.

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 twenty-four groups on a wide range of subjects. For a comprehensive list, please click on the GROUPS tab.

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.