WELCOME TO EALING U3A
EALING U3A (University of the Third Age) 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 350 members.
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.
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.
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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 through the Membership Secretary by means of the CONTACT button at the top of this page.
If you cannot attend a meeting then click on this link - MEMBERSHIP FORM - to complete the form.
NB - once you have completed the form, you will need to print it off and send it, with a cheque to cover your Subscription Fee (see below), to the Membership Secretary at the address shown on the form.
[In the future, we hope to introduce an online payment facility and you will then be able to email the form to the Membership Secretary]
From 2019, the annual fee will be £25, payable each January. The Fee for new members joining after July is £10. 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 U3As (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 National U3A has an annual Conference and holds various meetings in London and elsewhere. They also hold National Summer Schools which our members can attend. Further information on the National U3A is accessible through this link - NATIONAL U3A TRUST).
[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