Welcome to Launceston & District U3A

Registered Charity no. 1029470

The U3A (University of the Third Age) is a shared-learning organisation made up of independent groups run by their members. We are retired or semi-retired from paid employment, and wish to use some of our leisure time to acquire new skills and help others do the same.

The guiding principles of the U3A are described in the Principles of the U3A Movement, which is non-religious and non-political.

Code of Conduct

All members must:

  • Always act in the best interests of the U3A and never do anything to bring the U3A into disrepute
  • Abide by the terms and conditions of the Launceston & District U3A Constitution
  • Treat fellow members with respect and courtesy at all times
  • Comply with and support the decisions of the elected committee
  • Advise the committee of any changes in your personal details

Adherence to the above represents a condition of membership of our U3A.

Launceston & District U3A has 268 members. For £10 a year we can join any special-interest groups of our choice, and have the benefit of third party insurance cover whilst on group activities. The membership fee also entitles us to receive Network, a bi-monthly in-house newsletter. This will be distributed by email or collected at monthly meetings, posted copies will cost £4 per annum. The latest issue (redacted copy) will also be uploaded to the NEWSLETTERS page under LINKS.

Associate Membership: Members who already belong to another U3A to which they pay their Third Age Trust (TAT) fee, may, upon proof of membership, pay the reduced fee, as the TAT fee need only be paid to one U3A. The current TAT fee, levied by the Third Age Trust, has been set at £3.50. Please note that this is mandatory as it covers members for insurance. It should also be noted that associate membership does not imply an inferior form of membership.

There is a regular monthly meeting, normally held on the last Friday of the month at Central Methodist Church Hall in Castle Street, Launceston. Unlike many other U3A branches, we don’t usually have a guest speaker at this meeting – it’s mainly an opportunity to meet and get to know one another, and learn about group and branch activities.

Potential new members are very welcome to come along to any monthly meeting to see what it is all about, without any obligation (apart from a donation towards the coffee/tea and biscuits). But the event could be a bit intimidating for a newcomer, so if you’re thinking of attending, it’s a good idea to contact us by email through the CONTACT page or phone (Telephone numbers can be found in the Network Newsletter) beforehand. Then we can arrange to meet and introduce you to the organisers of any special-interest groups you might like to know about.

There are sometimes small added costs involved in membership of a group; contributions to the hire of a venue (usually £1 or less); coffee and biscuits when provided (usually £0.50); and for members getting lifts on outings they should contribute to petrol costs; suggested amounts are a minimum of £1 per person for a round trip of up to 10 miles, £2 for up to 20 miles. For longer journeys payment should be by agreement, depending on the distance covered. The U3A does not pay parking charges and passengers are expected to contribute.

For those of you online who use social media, a closed Facebook group called Launceston U3A Closed Facebook Group has been created. Any member of Launceston U3A is welcome to join. Login to Facebook, find the group LauncestonU3A and click Join.

Membership of the U3A is a great way to improve your social life as well as keeping you active in mind and body. We look forward to hearing from you.

The following online membership forms are now available to download and print:

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