Garth Olwg


Church Village, Garth Olwg U3A was officially formed on the 26th February, 2008 and we are very fortunate to be able to hold our monthly meetings and some group activities in the Garth Olwg Lifelong Learning Centre, which was opened in 2006 and is part of the Garth Olwg Community Campus Complex, Church Village.

10th Anniversary Celebrations
On the 21st February we celebrated our 10th Anniversary. The afternoon started with a short film of some of our members talking about how our U3A was started all those years ago and others talking about how much the U3A has enriched our lives, especially with regards to making new friends. We were then very lucky to have as our guest speaker the broadcaster Roy Noble, his performance was excellent and I, for one, haven’t laughed so much in a long time. There was also a beautiful cake, Prosecco or orange juice and on the display stands there were examples of some work done by our activity groups. Here’s to the next 10 years.

We have monthly talks on a variety of subjects and various groups such as Art & Architecture, History, Craft & Play reading. We are always interested in starting up new groups, just let us know about your ideas, for example, one of our newest groups is Meditation and Relaxation.
Most of our members come from local communities, such as Tonteg, Church Village, Llantwit Fardre, Beddau and Efail Isaf, but we also have members from Cardiff, Pontypridd, Treharris, Caerphilly and Blackwood.

About the U3A
In the UK there are there are now over 1000 U3As with over 400,000 members and each U3A is run independently but collectively as part of the International University of Third Age Movement, which originated in France in 1972 and has now spread to many countries of the World.

At present we have around 150 members and the fees are £12 per annum (whenever you join during the year).

New members are allowed to attend 2 monthly meetings and any group activities for 2 months prior to joining.

Am I eligible to join?
U3A membership is not related to a specific age but to a period in one's life (the third age) after the second age of full-time employment and parental responsibility. Anybody in their third age can join U3A and this includes people who are working part-time. There is no lower age for membership.