A very warm welcome to the website of Lichfield U3A.

Lichfield is a compact, historic, Cathedral city, surrounded by rural villages in the South East corner of Staffordshire. Lichfield has the only medieval English Cathedral with three spires. It attracts many tourists to our area, with its ornate West front renovated in Victorian times by Sir George Gilbert Scott. Numbered among its famous inhabitants were, Erasmus Darwin, Elias Ashmole, Samuel Johnson, David Garrick and Anna Seward. Present day buildings in the city, reflect its glory days in Georgian times when Lichfield was on the crossroads of important stage coach routes.

U3A ( University of the Third Age), is a national organisation for people no longer in fulltime employment. There are 1,000 U3As throughout the country, with a total membership of 500,000. It is a self help, learning cooperative, run for and by its members. We aim to provide educational, creative and leisure opportunities through a wide variety of interest groups. Come and join us in the aims of U3A - Learn, Laugh and Live.

The national organisation of U3A produce a newsletter - News at the Third Age and members can sign up to receive an email copy directly by logging onto the national website where members can sign up to receive an email copy.

Lichfield U3A was formed in 1994 and now has a membership of over 650, with 60 activity groups that cover as wide a variety of activities as our members’ ideas. Members come together for the fun of learning new skills and pursuing new interests. If you have a particular hobby or interest that you wish to share - please let us know and with your help, we will try to accommodate it. Participation is a key word for membership. Whether it is helping with refreshments, sharing the organisation of a group, or serving on committee, there is a job for everyone. Groups meet in members’ homes, or a variety of venues in and around the city. Most groups meet in the daytime and there is no limit to the number of groups members can join.

We hold a monthly meeting, featuring a speaker, on the second Wednesday of each month. These start at 2pm in the city’s Guildhall and we are always pleased to welcome new or prospective members. These are a great opportunity to discover more about our groups and events. You are welcome to attend a monthly meeting as a guest, if you would like an opportunity to see what we are all about.

Annual membership of Lichfield U3A is £12. We aim to keep costs to a minimum and at present, charges for each activity range from 50p to £2.
membership includes:

  • Access to all groups
  • A monthly bulletin (Circulated by e-mail and containing our latest news and events)
  • A national, quarterly magazine (Third Age Matters), delivered to your door.
  • Opportunities to meet new people with similar interests and make new friends.

Visitors to our site who would like more information should contact us in the initial instance by going to the CONTACT page and send an email via the form that is set out on that page. If you would like documents sent to you would you also indicate your address and telephone number. It is very important that you include your address and telephone number because we have experience of email addresses not reaching the sender.