Over the last decade our U3A has flourished and grown with a membership of 400 people. We are an independently managed, self-governing association with our own constitution, working within the guiding principles of the worldwide U3A movement, which was set up to help those no longer in full-time employment to continue to learn and socialize.
The lifeblood of any U3A are the interest groups, and we are proud to say that we have nearly 50, which is an excellent number for a branch of our size. Most of our groups, which are very diverse with activities and learning skills to suit everyone, meet once a month, enabling members to join as many groups as possible - although a few do meet fortnightly or weekly. (See the Groups page on this website to learn more about what we can offer).
As well as our interest groups we also provide social and active outings which are very popular with our members. We offer regular concert outings, visits to Stately homes, theatre trips, boat trips, luncheons and active outings such as go-karting or bowling and occasionally something very different.
We hold regular monthly meetings in a large local Church Hall, usually with a speaker and refreshments. These meetings are a good way for members to get to know one another as well as providing an opportunity to meet members of the committee and to find out what is going on within Sidmouth U3A.
As our membership has substantially increased over the last few years we are unable to safely accommodate any further increase in the numbers attending our popular monthly speaker meetings. Therefore, as from 1st May 2019 we are introducing an Associate Membership Scheme whereby new members will have to wait to become Full members.
To find out more about how to join our U3A as an Associate Member, please download the Membership form or contact our membership secretary via the Membership Enquiry Section on this website.
Chairman Sidmouth U3A
Registered Charity Number 1183607