Shepway & District


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



The AGM of Shepway & District U3A will be held on Wednesday 12 May 2021 on Zoom at 11am. Instructions on joining the meeting will be sent to all members on Monday 10 May.}

For the Agenda of the 2021 AGM click here: AGM Notice
For the Minutes of the 2020 AGM click here: AGM Minutes2020


NATIONAL U3A DAY Wednesday 2nd June 2021

See below for details of our local programme.


Please note that during this outbreak all normal group meetings and events are curtailed. Some groups are meeting using the internet or by phone but some, as of September, have restarted in a modified way.

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 700 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. BUT this Covid year all members paid up on the year ending 31st March will have their membership extended to 30th September 2021 with the renewal subscription being reduced to £15. New members from 1st February 2021 will pay the full annual subscription of £30 covering them until March 31st 2022.

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 (£30): App2021

A fillable electronic application form, which must be sent to the membership secretary, for those paying by BACS (£30) can be downloaded here: ElectroApp2021

We look forward to hearing from you.

Your May 2021 Newsletter can be downloaded here: May2021Newsletter


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.

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Committee / Group Leaders Page: Beacon Administration
Members Only Page: Members login


National U3A day Wednesday 2nd June 2021

Wednesday 2nd June is National U3A day and each U3A has been asked to do something to mark the day. Normally we would be putting on some sort of display in a hall but given the current circumstances that isn’t possible. We will be using a two hour slot on Zoom with the groups sorted into categories and each category having a slot on the Agenda to tell us what they have been doing during lockdown and where appropriate showing examples of their work/activities. We will also be showing photographs and videos of our activities over the past 10 years plus.

Open Day Agenda (subject to alteration)

  • 2.00 Welcome and introductions
  • 2.10 Our history, general meetings and events
  • 2.30 Group subjects category 1 History, Science and Philosopy
  • 2.40 Group subjects category 2 Social, Wining and Dining
  • 2.50 Group subjects category 3 Languages
  • 3.00 Review questions and discussion
  • 3.10 Group subjects category 4 Music, Drama & Dance
  • 3.20 Group subjects category 5 Outside, recreation and fitness
  • 3.30 Group subjects category 6 Reading, writing books and poetry
  • 3.40 Group subjects category 7 Crafts hobbies and discussion
  • 3.50 Group subjects category 8 Cards and board games
  • 4.00 Review and close. Continue open for further questions and discussion for further 30 mins.

It is a chance for members and visitors to discuss with group leaders in separate virtual rooms throughout the day. The link will be posted on this site nearer the time so please do make a note.