Shepway & District


Welcome to the web-site for Shepway and District U3A.

The University of the Third Age

The U3A is a learning organisation made up of independent groups run by their members. Members are normally retired or semi-retired from paid employment, and wish to use some of their leisure time to acquire new skills and help others do the same. To find out more about the history and ethos of the U3A, follow the link below to the website for the Third Age Trust.
Shepway U3A is part of the Kent network of U3As which organises joint events and the network page can be found by clicking on the Kent U3A Network link.

Shepway and District U3A

Our local branch has over 800 members from the district of Shepway in Kent and includes Folkestone, Hythe, the villages in the North Downs north of these towns and much of the Romney Marsh. Our main activities centre on the subject groups of which there are now around 70. Some information about those which are currently running can be found on the Groups page. We have regular monthly coffee mornings on the fourth Friday of the month currently at the Tin Tabernacle, Stade Street, Hythe starting at 10.30 am, and the third Wednesday in the month at the the Burlington Hotel, Earls Avenue, Folkestone, again at 10.30 am. There are also quarterly coffee mornings at the Ship Hotel, New Romney. There are regular members' meetings at the new Pavilion Sports Centre, South Road, Hythe at 2.00 pm. Outings and social events are also held throughout the year, to which guests may be invited when there are spare places. See the Events page for details.

We are now a registered charity and GiftAiding your subscription will help keep costs, including the membership fee, down.

How to Join

Our annual membership fee is currently £20 (until March 31st 2018), which covers all the groups which you may wish to join. Membership runs until March 31st of each year. From 1st February the fee will be £28 but will last until March 31st 2019. The cost is £2.50 for the coffee morning and members' meetings (depending on venue). If you are interested in joining please use the Contact page to get in touch with the Membership Secretary by telephone or e-mail.

A membership application form can be downloaded here: Application£20

We look forward to hearing from you.

The January/February Bulletin can be downloaded here: BullJan2018
The January/February Candar can be downloaded here: CalendarJan2018

MEMBERS' MEETINGS. You can download the list of Members' meetings for 2018 from here: Meetings2018


All members are welcome to attend at any of the locations. See the Events section (Social) for dates.