Goudhurst & District


Ian Agnew Goudhurst & District U3A is part of a national organisation dedicated to encouraging its members to enjoy learning for pleasure. Our aim is to Learn, Laugh and Live!

The u3a is a learning co-operative of people who are no longer in full-time employment and who share educational, creative and leisure activities. It is a wonderful way of meeting people and getting the most out of life. Many long term friendships have been made that might not have done so had it not been for the u3a, something I can definitely attest to.

Sadly, like u3as nationwide, it has been necessary to adapt our normal way of operating to deal with the covid situation we are experiencing.

Goudhurst and District u3a being in its seventh year, proudly boasts around 150 members with more people joining all the time. In normal times, which we will return to as soon as possible, our activities are mainly organised in small groups, known as Interest Groups, which had been meeting regularly in venues around Goudhurst or even in members' homes. We have currently over 20 Interest Groups and through sharing our passion for knowledge, members learn from each other using their skills and experience. Currently, some groups have managed to continue by grasping the opportunity to either socially distance in gardens or on Zoom, which by default improves their technical skills.

Any member who has a subject they are interested in and would like to share it with others can start a new Interest Group and providing 2 or more people join, then a new group is formed. More information on our interest groups can be found by clicking on the Groups button at the top of this page and our Groups Co-ordinator Veronica Inniss, would be more than happy to chat with you.

Our general meetings would normally be held monthly, in Goudhurst Parish Hall, where a warm welcome was always guaranteed, together with a knowledgeable and interesting speaker, refreshments and a chance to get to know other members and find out more about our interest groups and activities. Covid has meant we might have to provide our own refreshments, but can still benefit from our fascinating speakers from the comfort of our own homes on our computers, so Covid or not, we are still able to enjoy the company of others, albeit it not face to face, but interactively through the power of the internet. When times improve, we will be able to return to our social outings and events, which will be advertised on our Website, through emails to members and at our monthly meetings.

Our membership year starts on 1st November, but due to the extraordinary change of circumstances this past year, our normal membership fee of £25 will be reduced to £12.50 for existing members and £15 for anyone new who would like to join us. These reduced fees will be for 2020/2021 and will be reviewed should the need arise. In addition to this, anyone joining our U3A between now and the end of October will have nothing to pay until 1 November when the new membership year begins. This represents amazing value, as it covers your membership of the Third Age Trust, the cost of our monthly speakers, a quarterly magazine and allows you to belong to as many interest groups as you want.

When our monthly meetings in the hall recommence, non-members can attend for the price of £3.00 guest entry, payable at the door. Guests can attend 2 taster sessions of an interest group, but after that must join the U3A as a member to be able to continue in the groups.

I do hope that you would like to join us and enjoy what we offer now and even more when life returns to normal again.

We look forward to welcoming you.

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