U3A stands for the University of the Third Age, although the term 'university' should not be taken too seriously. Local U3As are learning cooperatives which draw upon the knowledge, experience and skills of their own members to organise interest groups that provide educational, creative and leisure opportunities in a friendly environment. There is no fixed syllabus, and there are no formal qualifications to be gained. We pursue learning for learning's sake - and for the joy of it; the teachers learn and the learners teach.
Like other U3As across the country, Redbridge & District U3A is a charity in its own right and is run entirely by volunteers. Our U3A was formed in 1995 and has a membership of around 600. We have more than 80 groups covering subjects as diverse as art, languages, music, history, literature, crafts, games, discussion and walking, and there are always study days, theatre visits, outings and other events in the pipeline.
On the last Monday of every month (except December) we have a Social Afternoon with a guest speaker. These meetings are interesting, informative and often entertaining, providing a good opportunity to meet the committee and members from other groups. If the last Monday happens to be a Bank Holiday, the Social Afternoon is moved to the previous Monday. The next Social Afternoon is on Monday 23rd September.
Our magazine, Noticeboard, is published four to five times a year and the latest issue can be downloaded from the link on the right hand side of this page. In the months where there is no magazine, a newsletter is published via e-mail and on the website with a limited number of printed copies available at the Social Afternoon. The latest newsletter can also be downloaded from this page, and the same applies to the latest issue of the national U3A newsletter.
For the 2019/20 season, the subscription is £25.00 per person covering 12 months from August 2019 to July 2020. There is sometimes a small extra charge for groups that have special expenses. We always have room for new members, and if you would like to join, please take a look at the Groups page and see if you find something of interest. If there is a subject we do not cover, you may consider joining and starting a group yourself.
Prospective members should contact our Membership Supporter, Maureen Nieberg by filling out the form on the Contact page.