Hoylake, West Kirby & District


What is the U3A?

The Third Age Trust is the national representative body for the Universities of Third Age (U3As) in the UK. U3As are self-help, self-managed lifelong learning co-operatives for older people no longer in full time work, providing opportunities for their members to share learning experiences in a wide range of interest groups and to pursue learning not for qualifications, but for fun. Not only that, there are opportunities to enjoy a chat and a cuppa in a relaxed, informal atmosphere.

Who can join?

Anybody can join!

With great regret, we are cancelling our Speaker Meetings at Hope Church until further notice.
We will all be ceasing many activities because of the need for drastic measures to avoid the possible spread of Corona virus.
Interest group leaders must make their own decisions, but are advised to act accordingly. And of course, at present, caution may greatly reduce the numbers of those wishing to attend an interest group.
If you have paid for Social events due to take place in May or June, the organiser of the event will contact you touch shortly.
The situation will be kept under close review, and we will contact your by email or other method to let you know when we can safely resume.
We very much hope it will be possible to do so before too long.
Meanwhile, stay safe and well,
Your U3A Contacts:
Graham Thwaite (Chair) gray711@gray711.plus.com 632 2742
Marjorie Hargreaves (Secretary) marbroom@gmail.com 632 1188
Graham Thwaite(Membership) gray711@gray711.plus.com 632 2742

Where do we meet?.
Venue View
Our normal venue,
The Hope Church, Station Road, Hoylake.

Nearest station: Hoylake.
Nearest bus stop: Kings Gap.
Car parking is available in surrounding roads and Hoylake Station car park. (Across the lines, NOT in front of the station.)

When do we meet?

On the first Thursday of each month but Thursday 9th in January. (No meeting in August)

These meetings involve an invited speaker and refreshments. Full information about how to join one of our many Interest Groups is available plus bookings for Social Events.

What time?

Doors open at 1.30pm but coffee and tea will be available from 1.45pm.

How much does it cost?

The 2020 annual subscription, due 31st January of each year, is £20, or £23 if you would like to receive the national magazine 'Third age Matters' by post 4 times a year (but free for your first year).
You can also visit twice free to see how we do things.

What do we do?

• Speaker meetings take place on the first Thursday of the month

• Interest groups of which there are approximately 43. These are diverse and active groups and new groups are formed on a regular basis. Have look at the groups’ page to see what is on offer, there is something for everybody! You could even try something new! They are organised by the members themselves.

• Outings. The social committee work hard to organise outings to various places during the year and visits to local theatres. They are usually well attended. Have a look at our events page to see the sort of events we have done or are about to do.

• Meals/lunches. These are organised on a regular basis throughout the year. Again they are usually well attended.

Members of the committee can be found on our CONTACTS page

How can I join?

  • Come along to any of our meetings and visit the Membership Table or ask for the Membership Secretary.
  • Click on the link on the right of this page to get a Membership Form which you can print off and then complete. The completed form can be given to the Membership Secretary at the meeting or by post with a cheque to the address shown on the form.
  • Existing Members can renew in the same way but please download and print off the Renewals Form instead.

You can be assured of a warm welcome!
Hoylake, West Kirby & District U3A October 2019

Why did we move? Not from choice! We have loved being at the Community Centre, we’re very much a Community group! However, the popularity of the new Café and more people using the Centre has meant space has become an issue.

Have things changed? Yes. We now have a single speaker session and serve our own refreshments. (There is a nice Coffee bar in the Church) We anticipate having refreshments, Interest Group and Social Information available from 1.45pm, prior to the talk at 2.30pm.

Advantages? The Church has plenty of space and chairs. There is an excellent sound system, with TV monitors for visual presentations. It is a Community Church and has a very nice atmosphere. When we’re all in there, better still!

Disadvantages? The cost. To obtain the extra space we need, especially when heating is needed, is going to cost more. Storage is not available and we can no longer store donated books, therefore books you bring that don’t sell will be donated elsewhere. Also, it may take a little while for such a large space to warm up. (hot drinks available!)

The meeting will close at 3.30, in time for the room to be cleared and organisers to depart by 4.00.

Please remember to enter the meeting through the iron gate entrance on the left side of the Church (not the Church Hall)