We’d like to welcome you to the Parbold, Newburgh & District U3A (Charity Number 1164539)
Established in April 2012, we are an enthusiastic branch with a diverse range of activities currently on offer with new groups introduced as and when they are requested by our members. We are open to ideas so please let us know if there is a particular activity you would like us to offer and we’ll do our best to get it going.
By providing a combination of practical, academic and recreational pursuits, there should be something available for everyone within the range of our Interest Groups. After paying our annual membership fee of £13.50 (or £10.00 if you are already a member of another U3A), usually the only extra cost will be a Group fee of £1.00 to £2 per session to cover the cost of room hire and a cup of tea and a biscuit.
Groups usually meet at the "Hut-on-the-Hill"; the Scouting premises at the rear of the Christ Church car park on Parbold Hill near the village of Parbold (POSTCODE: WN8 7TG). We hold our Horizons meetings on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month between 1.30pm and 3.30pm in the Hut-on-the-Hill. At Horizons you can meet our Group leaders and sign-up for any Group activity, or just have a chat with new friends over a ‘cuppa’ and then enjoy one of our very interesting visiting speakers. Do come for a Taster session at one of these bi-monthly meetings and we hope that you will then decide to become a member.
Now in February 2019, in our 7th year, we have around 190 members with new people coming along regularly and we have twenty-four Activity Groups up and running with more planned. (We are very happy to be regularly told by our newer members that "small is beautiful"). Our Newsletter, "Snapshots", is published on the Saturday after the 2nd Tuesday of every month and it is sent by email to all members who have provided their contact details. However, any member who does not have an email address can pick up a paper copy at the next Horizons meeting or anytime thereafter from the small room at the Hut.
Usually, a Speaker is booked for our Horizons meeting on the 4th Tuesday of each month, and sometimes instead one of our own members gives an informal talk at one of the 2nd Tuesday "Horizons" meetings. Details of these talks will be in your "Snapshots" and updated regularly on this website. We also occasionally have organised Trips out-and-about on the 2nd Tuesdays of some months, instead of an "Horizons" meeting. (Please see the "Events" page for details and dates of these outings).
Elsewhere on this website, (please click on the "Groups" tab on the Home page and then click on the name of the Group you wish to see) you will find details of the current selection of Group activities that are available, and more will be added to fulfill members’ interests in due course. If you have any suggestions, please don’t hesitate to tell us.
On the right-hand side of this "Welcome" page you can click on a link to a "Frequently asked questions" document, the original of which was very kindly provided by the Chard, Ilminster & District U3A for us to modify. We hope it is of use to you.
NB: VERY IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL OUR MEMBERS:-
It is necessary for our Committee to emphasise that ALL MEMBERS OF OUR U3A MUST BE AWARE that in undertaking ANY U3A ACTIVITY, they are responsible for their OWN CHOICES AND THEIR OWN ABILITIES when joining any Group. Thank you.
The University of the Third Age, which originated in France in 1972, came to the UK in 1982 and there are now over 1,020 local branches around the country of which Parbold, Newburgh & District is still one of the younger.
The U3A exists to bring together retired and semi-retired people in a friendly setting to help increase our knowledge by sharing our interests and talents with each other and to stimulate our minds and bodies by remaining active and therefore, hopefully, healthy. More information can be found on the national U3A website: http://www.u3a.org.uk/ (You can copy and paste this link into your search engine toolbar to go straight there or use the button at the top right of this page's toolbar above marked "U3A").
The U3A belongs to you, the members, and we look forward to meeting you soon. (140219)