Malling District

Welcome to Malling District U3A

Malling District U3A was launched in September 2007 and became a fully affiliated U3A in June 2008 by which time it had over 200 members and 20 Study Groups operating successfully. Within two years this number has risen to over 450 members and 45 Study Groups.
Members meet every 4th Tuesday of the month @ 14.00 hrs in Ryarsh Village Hall to listen to a talk given by guest speakers on a vast range of subjects. The growing list of previous and future speakers may be seen here

Committee Members:

ChairmanMike Rowe
Vice ChairmanKate Adds
SecretaryAnne Sargent
TreasurerRay Lawrence
Membership SecretaryCarole Lawrence
Groups' Co-ordinatorJenny Tomlin
Newsletter EditorS Sangha
SpeakersDerek Carpenter
OutingsDianne White
CateringBrenda Hurd
Committee Member Angela Story
Committee MemberChrys Short
Independent Examiner Derek Williamson

Malling District U3A Aims

The main work of the Committee is:

  • to support, co-ordinate and increase the number of Interest Groups
  • to arrange the monthly lectures
  • to organize outings and visits
  • to produce the monthly Newsletter
  • to recruit new members
  • to administer the funds

About U3A

U3A stands for University of the Third Age, which is a self help organisation for people no longer in full time employment, providing educational, creative and leisure opportunities in a friendly environment. It consists of local U3As all over the UK, which are charities in their own right and are run entirely by member volunteers. Local U3As are learning cooperatives which draw upon the knowledge, experience and skills of their own members to organise and provide interest groups in accordance with the wishes of the membership. The teachers learn and the learners teach. U3A offers the chance to study a vast range of subjects in such fields as art, languages, music, history, life sciences, philosophy, computing, crafts and photography. A typical U3A has about 250 members but could be as small as 12 or as large as 2000.

We welcome new members at any time of the year and if you are considering joining but require more information, please email the Membership Secretary by clicking on the Contact Tab and then the Membership Enquiries button.

Alternatively, there is an application form which you can download and print. Please complete the form and send both pages, with your first subscription payment, to the Membership Secretary at the address shown on the form. Payment by cheque for the first year's membership is quite acceptable but it is a condition of membership that payment for future years will be by standing order. We will send the Standing Order on the second page of the application form to your bank who will then arrange payments for next year and for subsequent years.

Your membership will be confirmed as soon as possible after which you will be free to attend the monthly lectures and other events as listed on this web site under the Events Tab. You will also be free to join of any of the Special Interest Groups. Details of their meeting times and places may be found under the Groups Tab; contact with the group convener may be obtained through the Special Interest Groups Co-ordinator under the Contact Tab.

About the Third Age Trust

The U3A tab at the top of this screen opens the web site of the Third Age Trust, which is the National representative body for U3As in the UK. It is both a limited company and a registered charity. It underpins the work of local U3As by providing educational and administrative support in the development of new U3As. It is managed by a national executive committee, four other officers and thirteen representatives from designated UK areas. The trust is funded mainly by annual subscriptions paid by member U3As on a per capita basis. It has three full time and five part time staff and is located in Bromley Kent.

The several hundred U3A groups in the country are divided into several regions of which ours is the South East Region covering close to 200 U3A groups in about 10 smaller networks. Its web site is here. Within the SE Region, almost all of the U3A Groups in Kent are signed up members of the Kent Network which organizes the ways in which local U3As interact, Study Days for members and several other activities. Learn more here. Perusal of these three sites will lead to knowledge of the various meetings, study methods, study days, summer schools etc covering a multitude of subjects which, as a member of Malling District U3A, you will be eligible to attend.