The University of the Third Age (U3A) is a learning co-operative of like-minded people that enables members to share educational, creative and leisure activities. Honiton U3A (previously known as East Devon U3A) was formed in 1993 to cover Honiton, where it is based, and the surrounding villages. Our current membership is around 250, and growing steadily.

As well as monthly general meetings, mostly with a speaker (see our 'Events' page), members have the opportunity to join (space permitting) any of our groups, which cover a wide range of interests. Some groups are quite large and meet in venues where an additional rent is paid, although our smaller groups are usually held in members' homes. The 'Honiton Newsletter' link included on this page provides a view of our group activities.

General meetings are held at:

The Beehive,

Dowell Street,


EX14 1LZ

Doors open 1.30pm on the third Wednesday of most months

2.00pm start

Visitors are always welcome (A donation is requested; it is suggested £2 is appropriate).

Membership runs annually from April, and fees for the current year are £13 for an individual member and £23 for two members sharing the same address. This covers not only the cost of monthly meetings, but also postal delivery of the U3A national magazine, 'Third Age Matters'.

There is a reduced membership fee for those first joining in October or later.
Associate membership is available to anyone showing proof of their membership of another U3A, for an annual fee of £5.00.

How to join our U3A

If you like what you see on these pages, please use the contact button at the top of this page to find out more. An application form for NEW MEMBERS for 2018 is included in the LINKS section on this page. Complete the form and follow the instructions at the bottom of the page. For a membership renewal form, members will find a link also on this page. Alternatively, just turn up at one of our monthly general meetings and you will be met and guided through the process.

How to join an interest group

Go to the 'Contact' page, complete the boxes, and Peter will respond with details of how to contact a group leader and join a group.

Wow ! We are 25 years old

Honiton U3A Celebrates its

25th Anniversary!

Over 80 members joined their committee at The Beehive to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Honiton U3A.

The longest registered member, Pat Calder, was invited to join Chairman Janet Driscoll in cutting the celebratory cake. Pat, who become a member in 1996 was also presented with a bouquet of flowers and free membership for the forthcoming year. When thanking everyone Pat said that Honiton U3A was as welcoming today as it had been when she first joined all those years ago!

There then followed a free raffle. The ‘star prize’ of a Sunday Lunch for Two at the Deer Park Hotel was won by Jenny Roberts; other lucky prize winners were Robin Donaldson, Tom Simcock, Val Anderson and Hilda Wenman Miles.

To end the afternoon the cake was cut and distributed to be enjoyed with cups of tea and coffee.

Janet Driscoll thanked everyone for coming and said she looked forward to the many years ahead for the Honiton U3A.

Click on a picture below to see it full-size with more details.