COVENTRY SPIRES U3A
WHAT IS IT & WHY SHOULD I JOIN?
U3A stands for University of the Third Age, a rather pretentious title for a much more down to earth organisation. The word "university" is used in its original sense of people coming together to share and pursue learning in all its forms, both academic and recreational.
Consequently the main aim is to encourage and enable older people no longer in full time paid employment, and with a little time to spare, to help each other in sharing their knowledge, skills, interests and experience. The remit is very wide, covering educational, cultural, recreational, physical and social aspects of life.
Members take part in activities because they enjoy them; there are no exams, awards or qualifications. The U3A is run by members for members; they arrange and run their programmes to suit their own skills and desires.
Coventry Spires U3A was formed in May 2002, when the existing Coventry Branch was deemed to have reached capacity. We now have close on 300 members and were proud to celebrate our 14th. anniversary in 2016.
We hold a general meeting in St Barbara's Church Hall, in Rochester Rd, Earlsdon on the third Thursday of every month. Our meetings start at 2:15pm, so it's preferable to get there for about 2pm to be signed in.
At most of these meetings we invite a speaker to give a talk on a topic of general interest. You are invited to attend three of these meetings as a guest before deciding whether you wish to join. The Committee arranges day visits to places of interest e.g. Winchester, and most years they also organise a short holiday; we have already been to Scotland, Northumberland, Normandy, and the Isle of Wight. The main thrust of our activities lies with our Groups, which range from rambling and bowls on one hand to art appreciation and current affairs on the other.
Every three months we produce a copy of our newsletter, “Hot Off the Press” to advertise these groups and also to let you know about any holidays, day trips, or other special events which may be coming up.
Our annual membership fee is £12.00 with an additional £2.50 if you want to buy 'Third Age Matters' the national U3A magazine, which is sent to you by direct mail. You can come along to three of our general meetings before you need to join, as well as attending two group meetings. There is no charge during this period.
Membership is annually from 1st April until 31st March & you are issued a membership card as a receipt.
If you are a member of another U3A & pay their full subscription (proof of membership required), then membership of Coventry Spires is only £8:50, payable to Coventry Spires.