Welcome to the Four Border Abbeys U3A
The Coronavirus Situation
The decision to cancel all "in person" U3A activities will be reviewed depending on future Government and Third Age Trust advice.
*** March 2021: Some groups are managing to operate despite pandemic restrictions. Please look at the GROUPS page for more information. ***
The existing committee will remain in post until an AGM can be held. Details of members can be found on the COMMITTEE page.
How do you feel about retirement/semi-retirement?
An opportunity? A challenge? Time on your hands?
Do you feel the need to stretch your mind or your body? To make new friends?
Four Border Abbeys U3A is for you!
We are a group of retired/semi-retired people (established in 2003) who meet together to share learning and experience through creative and leisure activities. We cover the areas of Coldstream, Jedburgh, Kelso, Melrose, Hawick and surrounding areas and are run by a Committee elected annually from members.
Our monthly meeting is held in Kelso and we have numerous interest groups which normally meet regularly in various locations.
In normal circumstances, we meet on the 2nd Monday of each month (except July and August) in Kelso Rugby Club, Poynder Park, Kelso. Meetings start at 2 p.m.sharp and include guest speakers on topics ranging from cultural matters to health, local history and topical interest. There is also a chance to socialise with other members, a book swap, information about groups, refreshments and a raffle. The meetings are free of charge for members.
There is parking available both at the Rugby Club and also in the large car park signposted off Croft Road.
These are small groups led by members. There are no entry qualifications or exams, no professors or students, just a sharing experience between members who want to learn.
Do look at our extensive list of groups - from Birdwatching and Bridge to Latin and Dancing. If there is no group which meets your specific needs, talk to our committee about setting one up and finding other interested people.
Click on the heading for more information about Interest Groups
Join Four Border Abbeys U3A
There is an annual subscription due each September, which is currently £10 for new members. For the year 2020-2021 existing members will be able to renew at no cost due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation.
To join us, please download the form on the right or contact our Membership Secretary via the Contact page which also contains a contact phone number.
The Committee works hard to ensure all members are able to participate in our U3A activities. There are a number of roles on the committee which may suit your interests and skills. If you would like to find out more, please speak to one of the committee. Or contact the chairman using the contact page on this website.
About the U3A
The University of the Third Age is a unique self-help learning movement for people no longer in full time employment, and offers an opportunity for older people to pursue shared interests in many subjects within a sociable environment. It aims to encourage "third agers" to engage in educational, creative and leisure activities at minimal cost by making use of the skills and knowledge of its members.
A university in the original sense of the word, the U3A is a collective of people devoted to learning, with members not students, and all of whom are in their Third Age.
The movement started in France in 1974 and spread to England in 1982 and to Scotland in 1987. There are currently more than 1000 U3As in the United Kingdom, with over 400,000 individual members; There are over 40 branches in Scotland, with more than 6,000 members.
Four Borders Abbeys is an autonomous body, affiliated to the Third Age Trust and is a registered Scottish Charity. No 035226