Welcome to South Bucks U3A
FUN & FRIENDLY
Founded in 1988, we currently have c430 members and c40 active groups which meet usually on a monthly basis. A full list of the activities currently available may be found by clicking on the "Our Groups" button above.
Membership is open to anyone who is not in full-time, gainful employment.
U3A is a self-help organisation; there are no tests or standards to be met; members learn and help others to learn in fun and friendly small study, interest, and activity groups.
For more information you may send an email to one of our Committee members by clicking on the "Click here to send a message" icon on the right of this screen, or you can download a copy of our Membership Application Form which is available from a link also on the right.
The biggest challenge U3A has had to contend with is the Corona Virus and South Bucks is no exception. A major part of our ethos are face to face gatherings dealing with the specific subjects our groups highlight.
During the periods of lockdown, our Convenors used technologies like Zoom, WhatsApp and Skype to keep in touch and run virtual meetings in line with the principles of U3A emphasising education and social contact. As of November 2021, a number of our groups have or are in the process of returning to face to face meetings, whilst others are continuing virtually. Our overriding concern is to keep our members safe but also still involved in our U3A by using technology and general friendship to make sure everyone is aware and contacted at some level.
Once a month we have a General Meeting for all members following the same guidelines. We are currently hampered in our return to actual meetings by staffing changes to our previously used hall at the Beacon Centre, and by the lack of any volunteers with the expertise in setting up speakers' audio/visual and IT requirements.
We would hope that eventually we will return to some normality, with SBU3A ready to continue its amazing journey of education and friendship.
We are also affiliated to the local network of U3A's which provides additional one-off special interest days. The current programme can be viewed via the U3A THAMES VALLEY NETWORK STUDY DAYS link on the right, or for more information, please go directly to the Thames Valley U3A Network site.