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WELCOME TO EALING u3a
EALING u3a(*) is a co-operative of older people sharing educational, creative and leisure activities. We are one of over 1,000 UK branches of an organisation for semi- or fully- retired people, and we currently have over 400 members.
During the COVID-19 Pandemic and based on current Government and Third Age Trust advice, we are not having any u3a face-to-face meetings and most of our Groups are either suspended or only meeting using video conferencing. Most of the information on the rest of this page is describing how Ealing u3a works in a normal situation - see the MEETINGS, GROUPS and EVENTS pages for information on how things are working at present
The 'Third Age' is a time to learn for the pure pleasure and joy of learning. We are not guided by traditional universities and 'second agers' but our learning is led by our members themselves, and we learn for the sheer enjoyment of discovery, with others. The u3a is different from most other adult learning organisations - rather than paying people to teach us, we encourage members to share their talents and knowledge with other members.
The motives for joining are a desire to improve and share your knowledge and experience, to keep your mind active, to enjoy leisure pursuits and to socialize with like-minded people. No qualifications are needed and none are given. You share learning and leisure experiences across a wide range of activities through a network of self-managed interest groups. The Third Age Trust's Online Events page has details of their Educational Events including the current National Winter School events.
Our Members have access to our weekly talks which are held at Ealing Green Church (W5 5QT - opposite Ealing Film Studios). These talks cover a wide range of topics - see the MEETINGS page for more details.
Members can also participate in the various interest groups (see the GROUPS page), in leisure activities such as rambles, gardening, crafts, table tennis and visits to interesting places. Additionally, we run the occasional short courses on topics such as film studies. You can learn about all of these groups and activities by searching the various buttons on the top bar.
(*) u3a stood for 'University of the Third Age' but no qualifications are needed to join
At the present time, to join Ealing u3a, you can either fill in this MEMBERSHIP FORM and send it to the email address on the form or print off and complete the form then send it to the postal address shown on the form.
The Subscription Fee can be paid by bank transfer (Ealing u3a bank account details are shown on the form) or by cheque (made payable to 'Ealing u3a').
If you are sending the Membership Form by post, please include a Stamped Self-Addressed Envelope so we can send your Membership Card to you.
- 1. Once you have joined, for membership renewals we encourage all members to use the online payment facility (via Bank Transfer). Further information on this process will be sent out at the start of the Membership Renewal season each November.
- 2. At the present time, despite the lack of face-to-face u3a and Group meetings this year, the Ealing u3a Committee has decided to keep the Membership Fee for 2021 at £25. This is due to a fall in our income this year and the uncertainty about members renewing for 2021.
Normally, you can sign up for membership by talking to anyone at the back desk at a Thursday morning meeting (see MEETINGS). Please arrive before 10.00am. Enquiries concerning membership may also be made by emailing the Membership Secretary.
From 2019 onwards, the annual fee is £25 per year, payable each January. The Fee for new members joining after July is £10 for the remainder of that year. Visitors to the Thursday morning talks will pay £3 per session.
Fees can be paid by cash or cheque (made out to Ealing u3a) at a meeting. We regret that, at present, we cannot take card payments.
The annual fee covers weekly meetings for three terms (one term for those joining after July) and most group activities. Many groups meet in members’ homes and 50p is usually paid towards any refreshments provided. If the interest group meets in a public room then a small charge, generally £1 or £2, is made towards the hire cost, and some visits may incur extra charges.
When you join Ealing u3a you also become a member of the London Region of u3a's (accessible through this link - LONDON REGION u3a) which organises Shared Learning (Research) Projects at different Institutes, Universities and other establishments, as well as Study Days, special meetings and a non-residential Summer School.
You will also become part of the National u3a movement that has about 400,000 members in the UK. The Third Age Trust is the national organisation for the u3a and they also arrange an annual Conference and hold various meetings and study days in London and elsewhere. They also hold National Summer Schools which our members can attend. To see further information on the THIRD AGE TRUST, please click on the link.
[Ealing u3a is a Registered Charity (No. 1027138). We are a voluntary organisation receiving no grants. All officers give their services free. You can view the Constitution by clicking on the appropriate Link in the right-hand column.]
You can learn more about the u3a Organisation from the video below (about 23 mins long).
Life in the Third Age