My name is Janet Bailey and I have the honour of being the Chairman of Sidmouth U3A. I’m very proud of our organisation and would like to tell you a little about it.

Ever since our organisation began, over 26 years ago, we have had a variety of different interest groups which form the main part of our organisation. It all began in 1994 with just four groups and now we have 59 different groups, some fun, some active and some more intellectual. We feel sure there will be something to interest most people, but if there isn’t, new members can start new groups of their own, helped and supported by our Groups Co-ordinators.

You do have to be a member of Sidmouth u3a to take part in any group, but it’s easy to do, just contact our Membership Secretary on the ‘contact’ page. At the current time some groups are unable to run, whilst others are active on Zoom.

The groups that are currently running on Zoom are:
Aviation, Cook and Share, Environmental Issues, Gardening Topics, Geology, Nature Walks, Quiz Group, Science, Engineering and Technology,20th Century History, 3rd Age Bookworms, Well Preserved, Wine Appreciation, Yoga.

As soon as this 2nd lock-down ends some groups will be re-starting with small numbers, if allowed.

During normal times we also have outings to interesting places, concerts and theatre trips. These are, of course, on hold at the moment. However, our social committee planners are looking for activities that we can still take part in.

Once a month we have an open meeting where we invite a speaker and this is open to the whole membership. Some of the subjects we have heard include Beavers, The Far East, Antiques, Italy, Wildlife Photography, Cycling in the Arctic, and many more. At the current time, these meetings are being held on Zoom.

If you are interested in joining Sidmouth u3a you will find the membership form on the ‘downloads’ page. If you have any questions you can contact us via the contact page, we’ll aim to get back to you as soon as we can.