Ely & District


If you are new to Ely and District U3A, welcome to our website. If you are an existing member, we aim to give you an easy source of information on our activities.

The University of the Third Age is a national movement for people no longer in full-time work, to continue in the pleasure of learning and sharing knowledge. U3A branches and their groups are autonomous, run by the voluntary effort of our members.

With a population of only 20,000 in 2011, Ely is one of the smallest cities in England, situated on an "isle" in the fens north of Cambridge. The city is dominated by its magnificent cathedral begun 900 years ago on the site of an abbey founded in 673 AD by St Etheldreda.

In contrast to its historical setting, Ely and District U3A was formed only in 2008. It already has about 600 members and more than 50 active groups, and there are many opportunities for new members to participate. There are also frequent [Outings].

The annual subscription is £8 and the year begins 1 April (£5 for new members joining after 1 November). If your primary membership of the U3A is with another affiliated branch you may apply for a reduced annual subscription of £5. There are additional charges for certain groups in order to pay for meeting rooms etc.