The u3a is a UK-wide network of locally-run interest groups that provide a wide range of activities for those no longer in full-time employment. We come together to learn for fun, stay active and share interests.
Melbourne Area Derby u3a
As an autonomous branch of the National u3a, Melbourne Area Derby u3a [MAD u3a] welcomes members from far and wide, including Aston, Barrow, Breedon, Calke, Melbourne, Kings Newton, Stanton, Swarkestone, Ticknall, Weston and Wilson. Established in September 2017, we have more than 100 members. MAD u3a is run entirely by members for members. Our volunteers organise activities ranging from art to walking, bridge to history and much more. Join us and share your experience and interests; Learn, Laugh and Live!
Members have the opportunity to join any group (see groups tab), or set up a new group if there is sufficient local interest. Each group is coordinated by a member with a special interest or expertise in the area. But it is the group, as a whole, that decides the general direction, suggesting topics and ideas.
Monthly members' meetings
We offer members the opportunity to meet socially, hear interesting speakers and share refreshments at our monthly all members' meeting. These usually take place on the first Thursday of each month from 2.30pm at Melbourne Assembly Rooms (see events tab).
National and regional u3a
Members of Melbourne Area Derby u3a have the opportunity to explore events further afield. The National u3a site allows access to a wide range of u3a national on-line events and the East Midlands u3a site has information about other local u3as.
We publish newsletters at regular intervals throughout the year. You will find our latest newsletter on the Newsletters Tab. If you would like to contribute to the newsletter, please contact a committee member [below].
New members are very welcome. Please see the CONTACT page to send an email to the membership secretary (Alison). There is a small annual membership fee (as we are completely self-funding) and a form to complete (see HOW TO JOIN).
Please see the CONTACT page to send an email. We welcome your feedback and ideas.
MADu3a can also be contacted by texting or calling 07843 746217.