Four Border Abbeys

Welcome to the Four Border Abbeys u3a

Please support the monthly meetings. A list of speakers can be found on the EVENTS page.

*** From 1st September 2022, monthly meetings will change to the first Thursday in the month at 2 PM. The venue remains at the Kelso Rugby Club. ***


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 2002) 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 meetings are held in Kelso and we have numerous interest groups which normally meet regularly in various locations.

Monthly Meetings

From September 2022, we will meet on the 1st Thursday of each month (except July and August). Meetings will 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, information about groups and a raffle. The meetings are free of charge for members.

Interest Groups

These are small groups facilitated 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 GROUPS page for more information.

Join Four Border Abbeys u3a

There is an annual subscription due each September, which is currently £10 for the year 2021-2022.
To join us, please download the form on the right, or contact our Membership Secretary via the CONTACT page.


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 Chairperson 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 40 branches in Scotland.

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