Four Border Abbeys

Welcome to the Four Border Abbeys U3A

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 can help.

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 general monthly meeting is held in Kelso and over 30 interest groups meet regularly in various locations.

Monthly Meetings

We meet on the 2nd Monday of each month (except July and August) in Kelso Rugby Club, Poynder Park, Kelso. Meetings start at 2p.m. 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.
Please see map of Kelso with the location of the Kelso Rugby Club, Poynder Place and also the second Car Park clearly signposted off Croft Road.
We want to note that we have used a Google image for this and give them due credit.

Interest Groups

These are small groups led by members. There are no entry qualifications or exams, no professors of 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. and if there is no group,that 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 £10 for the year 2018-2019 with a reduced fee for half a year for new members but not renewals.

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.

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 850 U3As in the United Kingdom, with over 290,000 individual members; There are over 40 branches in Scotland, with around 6,000 members.

Four Borders Abbeys is an autonomous body, affiliated to the Third Age Trust and is a registered Scottish Charity. No 035226.