U3A - Learn Laugh Live

U3A is a secular, non-political, international organisation based upon mutual self-help groups, to expand members' own knowledge, skills and interests and those of others, in a friendly, non-academic environment.

U3A is not related to a specific age but to the period in one’s life - the third age - after the second age of full time employment and parental responsibilities. Anyone in their third age can join U3A and this includes people who are working part time.


Hitchin U3A is a comparatively small, friendly group of around 240 members, but new members are always welcome. It has a large catchment area from surrounding villages and nearby towns, including Letchworth, Baldock and Shefford in South Bedfordshire.

Regular Meetings : We all meet twice monthly when there is usually a guest speaker, with interesting talks on a wide variety of subjects. See our Events page for further details of upcoming talks or to print your own pocket-sized programme.

Groups : The core of every U3A is its groups which provide many opportunities to participate in different ways. there are small interest groups, larger open groups and support teams. Visit the Groups page for more details.

Applying for membership
Membership is £20 per calendar year. To join, click on the link to print off an application form. Take the completed form and payment along to one of our regular meetings.
Prospective members are very welcome to attend one or two of the regular meetings as visitors, for £2 per meeting, to find out more about us before deciding whether to become a full member.
Or click %Membership Enquiries% for more information.

U3A National Structure
There are over 1,000 individual U3As in the UK so county-wide, regional and national groupings are in place to co-ordinate activities and offer more opportunities for organised events. Hitchin U3A is part of this structure - click on the links below for more details -