Coventry Sherbourne

Welcome to Coventry Sherbourne U3A

The Coventry Sherbourne Branch of the U3A was started in 1993 when the Coventry Branch became too large and unwieldy. It was named after the River Sherbourne which flows through the City. At present we have about 130 members of which around 80 to 90 attend the monthly meeting.

U3A stands for University of the Third Age, which is a self-help organisation for people no longer in full-time employment. You don’t need formal qualifications and there are no exams.

To offer wide and varied activities and contacts.
To widen knowledge experiences, skills, activites, social contacts and friendships.
To develop self-confidence, raise self esteem, improve health,
enhance one's quality of life and to help others do the same.
To give the opportunity of learning something new and realizing a
dream or ambition.
And most importantly - to enjoy the experience!

Members share their knowledge, experience and talents with others in special interest groups. All groups meet during the day at various venues or in members homes, and the atmosphere is informal and companionable thus helping everyone to feel at ease. Outings are also arranged from time to time, to lunches, theatres, concerts and other places of interest.

In addition, our regular monthly meetings give members a chance to socialise and listen to excellent guest speakers who cover a wide range of topics.

We meet on the first Thursday of the month at 2 pm, at Wyken Community Centre, Westmorland Road, Coventry. CV2 5BP when we have guest speakers on a wide range of subjects or another activity.

After the Speaker we adjourn for tea, biscuits and chat until it is time to leave at about 3.45pm.

In addition to the Main Meeting we have a number of activity / interest groups which are much smaller - sometimes as low as 2 or 3, other times our more popular groups may be as many as 20. The Groups use various venues which may include Members homes.
If you would like to study a particular subject ask a committee member and we will try to accommodate you. Perhaps you have an interesting hobby or skill that you could share with other members.
These groups are very informal so no great teaching skills are required, just a love of your pet subject.

Help is available if required.

Nationally we are supported by The Third Age Trust which have an excellent web site, that provides many resources including online correspondence courses.
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At the main meeting announcements are made by the Chair.There is also a notice board which gives details of other activities. This is where you can sign to indicate your desire to attend any particular event. This helps the organiser if bookings are required or the event needs to be cancelled at short notice.

We also have tables for the raffle, used books and jigsaws.

We welcome all newcomers to three our main meetings at a cost of £1.70 a visit. After which we hope you would like us enough to join for £14 a year (pro rata for part year) and 50p door fee per meeting, renewal due in January. Subscription to the National Magazine Third Age Matters is now extra.

For more information on our groups please see the groups section