Welcome to the Goring Gap U3A, one of the many U3A branches around the country. The U3A (The University of the Third Age) is a UK-wide movement which brings together people in their ‘third age’ to develop their interests and continue their learning in a friendly and informal environment.
If you are retired, semi-retired, about to retire or finished raising a family you are welcome to join us. There is no minimum age. We provide opportunities for education, recreation and companionship in a mix of activities of your choosing.
Our inaugural meeting was held in June 2006 and membership has grown to our present 370 members. As we expand we are also able to increase our range of activities. We are a self-help organisation with charity status, run by volunteers. Like all U3A’s we are affiliated to the national body, the Third Age Trust.
The main purpose of the U3A is to support a set of interest groups. Goring Gap U3A already has over 30 active groups. Members may join as many groups as they wish. Each group is run by its members and organises its activities as decided by the members of that group. The usual format of a meeting is for an activity to be pursued or topic discussed, with an exchange of knowledge and experiences.
In addition we hold a general meeting for all members in the Goring-on-Thames Village Hall on the last Thursday of the month, excluding July and December. Meetings start with coffee and feature speakers talking about various subjects of general interest, some serious, some less so. These monthly meetings also provide an opportunity to meet members who follow different interests.
Special one-off events are also organised. These are announced at our general meetings, in our quarterly newsletter and by email.
The Goring Gap U3A is a member of the Thames Valley U3A Network, an association of over 35 local U3As. The network puts on events, such as subject study days, that would not be possible for individual U3As.
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