The University of the Third Age (U3A) is a "self-help, self-managed community co-operative" dedicated to lifelong learning for those of us in our Third Age.We define the Third Age as the period after the First Age of childhood dependences, and the Second Age of full- time employment and parenthood . It follows that there is no lower or upper limit on the age at which you can join U3A .

We aim to provide opportunities for social intercourse, and shared learning experiences in a wide range of specific-interest groups.

We have a monthly meeting with a speaker, and refreshments, open to all members, and we organise outings to places of general interest. We pursue learning and new experiences; not for qualification, but for fun, using the personal experience of our members

We are one of the biggest U3A’s in Norfolk with more than 600 members and 44 groups. The U3A initiative in Britain has 1000 U3A’s and nearly 400,000 members. Each U3A is autonomous but follows the U3A ethos.

Members also enjoy a monthly newsletter free of charge, and regular updates between meetings by internet and this web-site.

The Memorial Hall in Dereham is the venue for our monthly meetings, on the Second Thursday of the month, and talks commence at 2pm. The doors open at 1.15pm to allow time for a chat and an opportunity to talk to Committee members and Group Convenors, read notices and sign up for outings. An admission fee of £1 is charged, this includes the talk and refreshments.

So do come and join us at our next meeting and see how we work. If you want to join a group and it's full or you want to start a completely different group - consider starting a new one!

To ensure that you are not missing out on what's happening make sure you look at both the News page and Events and Outings

To check out what Dereham U3A members have been up to just click the link on this page to "WHAT WE DID".