Ledbury & District

Welcome to Ledbury & District u3a pages!

Ledbury & District u3a and Covid

It was an unprecedented year and Ledbury & District u3a had to change the way it operates dramatically. Sadly that has on the whole meant cancellations, though some activities have kept going in altered ways. However the vaccines offer us hope for 2021 and once we are all vaccinated and energised we hope that something approaching normal life can start to resume. Indeed our waking groups are out there again - socially distanced of course. Then the u3a we know and love can get us back together and meet the the objectives of the ‘learn, laugh, live’ philosophy

For information about how u3a is trying to support its members in these unprecedented times go to the National u3a Website through the link.

If you wish to know how local food shops and cafes are operating under Covid, especially with deliveries, the Ledbury Food Group website will help - particularly the section on Local Food Information. It is regularly updated but things are constantly changing so do phone and check the information is current - the date of the latest update is given at the bottom of the site. Click on the link to access.

Reflecting the problems of groups meeting up in person, our recent Newsletters contain some news from Groups who continued with “virtual” meetings during lockdown and also memories from members. These pieces show that Ledbury u3a are a community of people who value one another and that we haven't been standing still doing nothing during the past few months. You can see these newsletters through the link on the Events page.

What is u3a?

u3a (The University of the Third Age) provides opportunities for

  • Learning activities,
  • Practical activities,
  • Companionship,
  • Outings,

for people who have 'retired' from full time employment.

u3a is part of the Third Age Trust (a registered charity) and comprises some 724 locally organised u3a bodies who operate under the guidance of a Central Office in Bromley, Kent.

Membership of Ledbury & District u3a, and Benefits

Ledbury and District u3a was formed in 2003 and currently has around 600 members. It is run by a Committee elected from the membership that exercises general oversight of the 'Interest Groups' in which the majority of activities take place. We are a registered charity, No.1104465.
Members pay an annual fee. In return they become entitled to:

  • Attend the Monthly General Meeting in Ledbury;
  • Join the Interest Groups we run;
  • Receive our own quarterly newsletter and the 'Third Age Matters' national magazine;
  • Join in our Outings organised from time to time.
  • Attend courses run by Central u3a or undertake online learning provided by them or through their alliance with Open University.

(There is a nominal charge levied for attendance at our Monthly General Meetings and Interest Group meetings, to cover incidental costs.)

What one of our members has said: "I should like to express my appreciation of this organisation, and the many and varied interest groups it contains. I find the newsletter, as only one of its functions, a very useful aide memoire and I often use the website. But most of all I must mention the kindness and friendship given by the members and their assistance in making the most of the opportunities available. Thank you."

Becoming a Member, or finding out more: Please see our 'Contact' page.