North Cotswold


Welcome to the North Cotswold u3a

The North Cotswold u3a is open to new members

‘Now I understand why the North Cotswold u3a is known as “The Friendly u3a’ (Freda)

‘My life can be divided into two parts, before the u3a and after the u3a. The “after” part is so much better’ (John)

‘I don’t know how I ever found time to go to work’ (Leslie)

‘Walking, reading, taking photographs, painting, improving my French, improving my cooking (not difficult this!) – the NCu3a fills my life with so much interest and pleasure’ (Margaret)

Never heard of the u3a then click on the What is the u3a link on the right hand side of this page to learn more.

No qualifications are offered and no qualification is required other than that you are not in full-time work. There's no age restriction either! Come and join us to learn, laugh and live!

Where are we?

Our members drawn from towns as far apart as Shipston on Stour, Blockley, Moreton in Marsh, Chipping Campden, Broadway, Evesham, Stow on the Wold and Winchcombe and the many villages within this area. We also welcome members from outside our immediate catchment area

As a u3a, we are not large, we have approximately 350 members who belonging to 34 groups; but we are very friendly and, with our size (or lack of it) it is almost possible to know everybody in all the groups.

On the afternoon of the second Thursday of each month, we hold an Open Meeting in Willersey Village Hall when we are entertained and informed by a wide variety of speakers.

We hold Christmas events, have a regular summer outing, we often have a Summer Soirée with in-house entertainment followed by a meal provided by members – and it has been known for drinks to be involved! And, speaking of drinks, we annually celebrate Burns’ Night.

How our u3a works

Meetings are held during the day. We publish a regular emailed Newletter containing the latest news, updates and group information and forthcoming events together with all contact details.

Like all u3as we have a Committee to guide policy and involve themselves in the day to day running of the organization, but the real backbone of the North Cotswold u3a is the Group Leaders. These are the people who prepare sessions, hire rooms and speakers and make our u3a what it is.

It’s all about friendship, keeping active in body and mind, and enjoying our leisure hours in ways that our parents would have envied.

Please spend a few minutes browsing through our website. It could be a life changing experience.