What is a u3a?
If you are no longer in full-time employment, or raising a family, a new world of opportunity awaits you.
The u3a, which used to be referred to as the University of the Third Age, is a nationwide organisation based on local u3as providing opportunities for retired and semi-retired people to come together and develop their interests.
We are not a university in a traditional sense. We don’t study for qualifications, we just enjoy taking part and meeting people.
It’s a voluntary organisation - our members share their knowledge and experience with others in interest groups, running informal activity sessions covering a wide range of subjects.
Above all, the u3a exists to help you make friends, develop your interests and enjoy yourself.
Unlocking Covid 19 restriction and our plans for 2021
As Government restrictions are lifting, we have made some plans for later in the year and to restart u3a activities.
There was an Afternoon Tea at the end of August and speakers have been booked for the Monthly Meetings starting again in September. For details please go to the Events page.
- Committee meetings, that were being held by zoom, are now taking place normally.. and the AGM will be held at the October meeting this year.
- There was a newsletter and quiz every month, but that has now given way to information about planned events and renewal of membership as we prepare for regular activities.
- Many of the Groups have been able to meet by Zoom conferencing, or outside, but some, sadly, have been unable to meet. However, with the reduction in restrictions this is all changing. If you wish to know the status of a Group, please contact the Group Leader. Additionally, if you have any ideas for new groups then please contact David Foster, the Groups Coordinator. We shall be holding a Groups Fayre at the meeting on November 10th, so that would be a good time to find out what is happening.
In addition to the above local activities, the u3a UK maintain detailed information on Covid 19 risk assessment and interpretation. Use the u3a tab above to access the u3a services.
Study Groups & Activities
Our u3a has some 30 active groups covering a broad range of topics from academic (Philosophy) to pure leisure (Out With Friends) to music (Ukulele) to playing (Chess). There are no entrance qualifications, set curriculum or examinations. Groups are run by members who volunteer to pass on their valuable knowledge to others. Many of our members choose to belong to one or more groups. If you think you may be interested, please have a look at our Groups pages. Each autumn we host our annual 'Group Fayre' where the groups can showcase their activities.
These take place on the second Wednesday of each month at 2:00 p.m. in the Priory Hall. Open to all our members (and non-members for a nominal fee) they provide an opportunity to enjoy a talk lasting about an hour. At most meetings an experienced speaker is invited to give a talk on a subject of general interest. Have a look at the Events page to see what we have planned for the coming year. After the talk, we provide complimentary refreshments and judging by the noise levels, many members enjoy socialising over tea and biscuits.
We currently have around 240 members. Membership fees are £15 for individuals and £28 for two people sharing the same address. A reduction in the fee is made for members of other U3As and those joining late in the membership year. Please contact the Membership Secretary for further details. Details of how to join and ways to pay can be found on the main Joining page.