Latest News

On this page you will find the latest 'breaking' news from Redditch U3A, its groups and events, plus the latest news from National Office.

Please use the email link on the right if you have news you would like added to this page

Volunteering Opportunity at Redditch Library
My name is Grace Troth and I work at Redditch Library. I'm reaching out because I am going to start an English conversational group at the library and I was hoping it was something that some of your members may be interested in getting involved with!
We want to start up an English conversational group on Saturdays to complement the formal tuition we already offer, through our adult learning ESOL courses (English for Speakers of Other Languages), and to allow people who work during the week to be able to practice their spoken English. It is something that has been successful at other, similar, libraries and we have already had several people express their interest in the group.
The sessions will be quite informal, conversational and, hopefully, fun but we will need at least one volunteer to direct the session to offer a bit of structure and English language correction. This would be a great opportunity for anyone who wants to meet people from different cultures and enjoys teaching others.
It would be wonderful if you could let your members know about this opportunity! If you have any questions please email me at and if you have any other ideas of how Redditch U3A may want to work with or utilise the library feel free to let me know!

Kind regards,
Grace Troth, Library Customer Advisor, Redditch Library

*** NEW INTEREST GROUP *** A Spanish Conversation group will meet for the first time in December to decide the format of future meetings. Please see their group page for details or speak to Sue Gee.

If you enjoyed reading 'Running Hot & Cold' written by our member, Doug Richards, then the sequel 'Can We Run With You, Grandfather?' is now available in paperback (and shortly in Kindle format). Copies are priced at £12.99 and are available from bookshops, Amazon or Doug himself, who will bring copies to future Tuesday meetings.

Are you interested in Country Dancing? Please see the leaflet to the right for a local club that would welcome new members.

David Pattenden has compiled some information providing details of amateur music groups local to Redditch which might accept new members, and therefore be of interest to musically inclined members of Redditch U3A. Click on the link to the right of this page to see this information.

Would you like to start a new interest group for Redditch U3A? The committee have drawn up some helpful advice which you can find via the link on the right.


Arc Legal Assistance - U3A Helpline
We are delighted to be able to tell you that we have managed to source a new provider which will commence on 1st October 2015.

The details are as follows:-
Arc Legal Assistance in partnership with Irwin Mitchell Solicitors
Telephone number 0344 770 1040
Quote - U3A Legal Helpline
This telephone advice service is available to all U3A members not just committee members; there is no limit to the number of calls you can make and advice will be given on all aspects of law. Please make your members aware of this service as we will review its usage at the end of the year in order to decide whether to renew it. Also if you can inform them that if they are asked for an insurance number they should say that they do not have one.

And, from our Regional Trustee, Tony Randall:

Events Mailing List
You can now sign up to receive updates regarding national events by email. The form can be found in the Events section of the national website.

The RHS offers discounts for U3A groups (10+) wishing to visit their gardens or attend flower shows. See flyer on our notice board or visit

St John’s Ambulance have produced a pocket-sized first aid guide which is available free. It covers 5 common conditions where straightforward first aid could be the difference between a life saved and a life lost. Use the link below: