Halesowen

Welcome to Halesowen u3a

(Registered Charity No. 1099085)

We are pleased that a full programme is now in place for Spring 2022

I can't wait to join...
Then please contact our Membership Secretary using the CONTACT form, or come to one of our General Meetings (see EVENTS for dates).
We would love to meet you...

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What Is u3a?

u3a is a unique and exciting self-help educational movement for people no longer in full time work.

Recently rebranded by the Third Age Trust, losing the old "University of the Third Age", which was widely seen an a barrier to people joining, and "U3A" became "u3a" with a new logo.
But the NEW strapline is more fitting to what u3a now is.... Learn, laugh, live

What does u3a offer?

  • The opportunity to pursue learning for sheer enjoyment and for its own sake
  • Shared learning experiences in a wide range of interest groups
  • New friendships

What does it do?

A u3a's programme reflects its members' wishes and resources. It will cover a wide range of interests, such as languages, art history, music, history, walking, painting and many more.

HALESOWEN u3a

Founded in 1991, we now have 135 members. Although we have "Halesowen" in our title, and many of our members are from Halesowen, you can still join if you do not live in Halesowen.
We are a secular and non-political organisation. We do hold some meetings in church halls and classrooms - this is because the accommodation we can hire suits our needs well.

We hold a General Meeting at Hasbury Methodist Church, Albert Road, Halesowen, B63 4SL every 4 weeks on Wednesday mornings 10.30 - 12.00 (see EVENTS for details). This is generally a talk given by a visiting speaker, although each term we have "Coffee Plus" when we start with coffee, then followed by a presentations Interest Groups and/or an "Over To You" session, where we sit and chat informally in smaller groups about how we are doing, and how we can do better, giving every member an opportunity to raise any issues and float new ideas.

Our Groups

We run a number of Interest Groups, some meeting at Hasbury; some at Quinton Methodist Church, some at Lutley Community Centre, other smaller groups meet in members' homes. Meetings are normally fortnightly or monthly.

Do read through the information on this website about our Groups.

Members Subscription

The first meeting in January is when members renew their memberships and pay their subscriptions. Our new members subscription for the Full Year 2022 is £47 if you join in January, but this reduces each month during the year.

Once you have joined and paid your subscription, there is no limit on the number of Interest Groups to which you can belong, and we do NOT charge you for attending Interest Group meetings!

However, should there be any additional costs your Group Leader or Trip Organiser will tell you.
If you go on trips, costs will be made clear to you, as travel and entrance fees have to be covered, and a deposit may be charges to secure your place.
Some Group meetings have a tea/coffee break, and you can expect to donate a suggested small amount towards consumables!

If you wish to find out about our Interest Groups, a member of the Committee will try to introduce you to the group leader but if that is not possible you will be given contact details so that you can introduce yourself.

How do I Join Halesowen u3a ?

If you are thinking of joining us, please contact our Membership Secretary using the CONTACT form, or come to one of our General Meetings (see EVENTS for dates).

Not sure yet?

You may attend three sessions before deciding whether you would like to join.
It is preferable, but not essential, that your first visit is to a General Meeting.
If you prefer your first visit to be to a Group Meeting please contact the Membership Secretary for further details.
The Visitor's charge for these first three taster meetings is only £5.
The second and third visits can be to any combination of General Meetings and Interest Group meetings.

Can I join during the year?

Subscriptions for new members are on a sliding scale, depending on the month you join, and the visitor's charge is normally deducted.

We look forward very much to meeting you

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Halesowen U3A AGM took place on Wednesday 3rd November 2021 in the Cornbow Hall, Central Halesowen.

The u3a Financial Report for 2020-2021 presented at this meeting can be found here Statement of Income and Expenditure

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A Message from the Third Age Trust

Sam Mauger the CEO and Ian McCannah the Chair of the Third Age Trust have recorded a short video about how our U3As might recover after the present Covid pandemic subsides...

Click on one of these links to watch it
Message from Third Age Trust or A Message from the Third Age Trust