Whickham & District


Welcome to Whickham and District U3A

Registered Charity No. 1080264

The University of the Third Age

Joining the U3A, you enter a stimulating organisation, fostering friendships and encouraging life long learning. Keeping active both mentally and physically, we know is a key to staying happy and healthy. The U3A offers excellent talks and discussions and a chance to participate in small groups that will widen your knowledge or perhaps cater for special interests you have already. All local U3As are self help groups in which members share with each other their own knowledge and experience.

In the Northumbria Regional U3A alone there are 51 groups with possibly more to follow and beyond that a Third Age Trust National and International movement flourishes. The organisation holds many national and regional events as well as local ones.

Click on the U3A Tab at the top of the page, which will take you to the National site that details history of the organisation and much more information.

There is no age limit, membership is open to anyone no longer in full time employment.

Whickham U3A

Our local U3A organisation has over 200 members from the areas around Whickham, including Blaydon, Lobley Hill, Marley Hill, Sunniside and Winlaton.

Members meet all together on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 2pm in St. Mary's Centre, Church Chare, Whickham NE16 4SH. Sometimes there can be as many as 70-80 members that come along to this meeting. Talks are presented on a wide range of topics, given by speakers from the North East. Occasionally there is a social event, for example the Christmas Party. At each meeting, besides the opportunity to meet existing friends and make new ones, you will be kept a breast of what's going on and enjoy coffee/tea and biscuits. Occasionally there is a free raffle.

Why not come along as a visitor at the monthly main meeting if you are interested in joining U3A...you will be very welcome.

On the 4th Wednesday of each month we hold coffee mornings for members to socialise and obtain details of current and future events. The coffee morning is also held at St. Mary's Centre. See the Events page for further details.

Our main activities centre on the Subject Groups. Some information about those which are currently running can be found on the Groups page. The Groups are run by leaders well informed in their chosen subject and in many groups, members are welcome to share their own knowledge and experiences. Groups cover indoor and outdoor interests, cultural and otherwise, while social events also feature on the calendar.

More than 20 groups flourish presently and if a topic you would like to see is not covered, then our group coordinator can help you start a new group.

How can you join

Contact the Membership Secretary from the Contact Page

The annual subscription is £15 which covers all the groups you may wish to join. This is due on the 1st April each year.

A charge of £1 is made at the monthly meetings, which covers the cost of hall hire, refreshments and speakers fees.

The Subject Groups are self financing. Members of some groups may meet in member's houses, in which case a small fee is charged to pay for coffee/tea/biscuits. Members of groups requiring the use of a hall for their activities pay the appropriate amount to cover the cost of the hire of that hall and possibly other expenses.

You can contribute to the U3A at any level. Everyone is a volunteer. All help is welcome, whether helping with refreshments, putting out tables and chairs for the meetings, organising a group or standing for election as a Committee Member at the Annual General meeting.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Whickham and District U3A 25th Anniversary

Next year 2020 Whickham and District U3A are celebrating their 25th Anniversary and we will be having an afternoon tea, to which all members will be invited. A venue has been sourced in the Whickham area. The date is Tuesday 17th March 2020. Please note this in your diaries.

This will be a FREE event, however tickets will be required and these will be available from January 2020. You will be able to obtain the tickets at the main meeting or from your Convenors or Committee Members. The Mayor and Mayoress of Gateshead will be our Guests of Honour.