Welcome to the U3A website for Harborne, Edgbaston and neighbouring districts of Birmingam
Harborne and Edgbaston
Harborne and Edgbaston are leafy suburbs of Birmingham within a few miles of the city centre. This gives easy access to the city's library, museums, art galleries and concert venues.
The University of the Third Age
The U3A is a national and international learning organisation consisting of local U3A groups which are managed and organised by the members themselves. All U3A groups are members of the Third Age Trust which provides administrative and educational support. Members receive the U3A News published by the Third Age Trust quarterly.
Members are normally retired or semi-retired from paid employment who would like to extend and share their knowledge in a friendly and social environment.
Learning is self directed and there are no exams or qualifications to be gained. To find out more about the history and ethos of the U3A the Third Age Trust please visit their web site, via the U3A tab above. You will need to register but anyone can do so. Our meetings have a social side as well as an educational one
Harborne and Edgbaston U3A
Harborne U3A was founded in 1998 following the demise of the Central Birmingham Group two years previously. In 2001 we changed our name to reflect the geographical area our members come from thus Harborne and Edgbaston was born. We now have over 300 members.
Interest groups range over a broad spectrum of subjects and vary in both type and size. These are organised by members with the emphasis on learning through their own efforts. New interest groups are started as members identify a particular interest or need. As our branch continues to grow we look forward to the development of new groups and methods of enjoying learning together.
General Meetings are held monthly on the first Wednesday in the month when invited speakers talk on a wide variety of subjects of interest to members. These meetings are followed by refreshments and the opportunity to socialise with fellow members. Please see our Events Pages for full details.
Membership is currently £25 annually and entitles members to attend the General Meetings and all or any of the groups they wish to join or visit for a sampler. Unfortunately parking space is very limited although there are car parks in Harborne, a few minutes walk away. However, bus stops for the 11 and 27 buses are just around the corner on Harborne Park Road.
Non members are warmly invited to attend one of our monthly General Meetings to see if they would like to join us, where they will be made very welcome. Visitors are able to attend two meeting before they will need to become members. This can be two General Meetings, or one General Meeting and one group meeting.
If you would like more information about our U3A group or to find out how to join please refer to Our U3A page.
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