Welcome to the web-site for High Wycombe & District U3A: a medium sized branch of the national organization, "The University of the Third Age (U3A)". The U3A is an international learning organization made up of independent groups run by their members. Members are normally retired or semi-retired from paid employment, and wish to use some of their leisure time to acquire new skills and help others do the same. To find out more about the history and ethos of the U3A, follow the click the link at the right hand end of the menu bar above.
THE HIGH WYCOMBE & DISTRICT U3A
The High Wycombe & District group was formed, and its Constitution adopted, in September 1996. The Constitution was amended in May 2018. Membership is now just below 400 from a widespread area around High Wycombe, including Marlow, Stokenchurch, Thame and Wendover. Regular monthly general meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday afternoon of the month in the Lacey Green Millennium Hall at 2.15pm. A guest speaker talks for about an hour, this is followed by a few minutes of group administration and then free tea & biscuits are served. A meeting is not held in December when there is a coffee morning, which is usually held in the Naphill Village Hall. At the coffee morning there is no guest speaker but some of our subject groups put on a display of their previous year's activities or provide entertainment. Both Lacey Green and Naphill are served by Arriva Bus No 300 (High Wycombe to Aylesbury) with bus stops outside each hall.
OUR SUBJECT GROUPS
There are over 40 subject groups ranging from Art, through Computer, Conversation, Discovering Art, Discovering Science, French Conversation, German Conversation, History, Local History, Music Appreciation, Photography, Pub Lunches, Reading for Pleasure, Solo, Spanish Conversation to Tenpin Bowling and Walking (Short & Longer). Additionally, there are outings and visits to which guests may be invited. For information about a particular subject group contact the Convenor through the email link on the subject group's page.
HOW TO JOIN
The annual membership fee covers the year from 01 September to 31 August and is £18 or £21 to have the Third Age Trust magazines delivered. Most of the subject group meetings are held in private houses but, Croquet, Discovering Science, Photographic, Pub Lunches, Singing for Fun, Tenpin Bowling and the Woodcarving Group meet in hired halls and/or commercial facilities. If you are interested in joining you can use the email links on the "CONTACT" Page to obtain further information. To obtain a membership application form use the email link to "Membership" on the "CONTACT" page
There are a number of active U3As in the towns around High Wycombe including: Aylesbury, Amersham (Chiltern), Beaconsfield (South Bucks), Bourne End and District,Chinnor, Maidenhead, Marlow, Princes Risborough, Thame and District, Greater Thame, Wendover and Windsor. Through The Third Age Trust website any U3A can be located by town, county or post code.