Pontesbury & Rea Valley District


  • The u3a is a charitable organisation that promotes lifelong learning across a wide range of activities and subjects and which fosters friendship and fun. It is open to anyone who is older or retired or not in full-time employment.
  • Our u3a district of Pontesbuy & Rea Valley has over twenty interest groups ranging from cycling and table tennis to local history and creative writing and we are always open to suggestions for new interest groups (the Interest Groups page provides more information.)
  • In addition to the Interest Groups, we hold regular Open Meetings where members meet socially and enjoy presentations and activities on a wide range of subjects (have a look at our Events page).
  • The village of Pontesbury is part of the Rea Valley and is situated in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are three substantial villages and a number of smaller settlements as well as the lovely open countryside of the South Shropshire Hills. We welcome members from all parts of the district or adjoining districts.
  • If you are older, retired or semi-retired and would welcome the opportunity to join others in a wide range of learning and physical activities in a friendly and supportive environment, why not join Pontesbury and Rea Valley u3a? It’s a great opportunity to meet new friends, enjoy social occasions together and pursue lifelong interests and skills or perhaps, a chance to acquire brand new ones.

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  • join any interest group - subject to availability
  • access to open meetings
  • a monthly newsletter
  • social, friendly companionship visits and outings, depending on the interest group
  • the national u3a magazine, Third Age Matters
  • access to events, workshops and online learning programmes through the national organisation


Our membership fee is £15, but reduced to £10 if you are a member of another u3a. This includes a contribution to the national organisation, the Third Age Matters. Membership of the interest groups is free, but some may need a contribution to expenses (e.g hall hire).

Our membership year runs from the 1st April to 31st March - if you wish to join mid-year, please contact the membership secretary to see if reduced fees apply.

If you are not a u3a member, we encourage you to "try before you buy" before you join. This is limited to two free taster sessions to one of our Interest Groups. Please contact the relevant group coordinator in advance before attending, as space may be limited - please see our Groups Page.

To join or find out more information please contact Steve Anderson, our membership secretary. Alternatively, download our Membership Application Form here and email or post it to us.