Shepway & District


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

Please note that during this outbreak all normal group meetings and events are cancelled. Some groups are meeting using the internet or by phone.

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 900 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 80. 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 £30, which covers all the groups which you may wish to join. From 1 October the fee is £20. Membership runs until March 31st of each year. The cost is £2.50 for the coffee morning and members' meetings (depending on venue). If you are interested in joining please download the application form below or 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 for applications from 1st February (£30): Application 2020 £30

A membership renewal form can be downloaded here for applications from 1st February (£30): Renewal 2020

A fillable electronic application form for those paying by BACS from 1st February (£30) can be downloaded here: Electronic Application 2020

A fillable electronic renewal form for those paying by BACS from 1st February (£30) can be downloaded here: Electronic renewal 2020

We look forward to hearing from you.


All members are welcome to attend at any of the locations. See the Events section (Social) for dates. These are suspended for the moment although we do host a Zoom event.

During the coronavirus outbreak we will be producing a short newsletter updating members on our activities.
Our latest newsletter (September 2020) can be downloaded here: September Newsletter

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