Welcome to Redditch U3A (Registered Charity Number: 1185151)
Redditch is, contrary to popular belief, an old town, as famous for its Cistercian monastery and needle industry as those much-photographed roundabouts. Built around the River Arrow and now boasting a network of cycle and footpaths that crisscross the Arrow Valley, it offers the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful Worcestershire countryside in peace and tranquillity. Its inhabitants also benefit from its proximity to the cultural and commercial centre of Birmingham and to Stratford-upon-Avon. There is no need to leave Redditch, however, to enjoy first class events and entertainment. The Palace Theatre, built in 1913, offers a variety of local and touring shows and the annual Halfords Tour Series cycle race first came to Redditch in May 2012.
Redditch U3A (University of the Third Age) is part of a national and international voluntary learning co-operative whose aim is to encourage lifelong learning for mature people.
Redditch U3A was set up in 1991 as a self-help group, to provide educational, creative, leisure and social activities for members of the local community no longer in full time employment and who may be missing the stimulation and social opportunities that work afforded. There are now more than 150 members and many different interest groups, ranging from Book Club to Rambling. (see Groups for a full list).
IN ACCORDANCE WITH GOVERNMENT ADVICE, MANY OF OUR REGULAR FACE-TO-FACE ACTIVITIES ARE CURRENTLY SUSPENDED, ALTHOUGH OUR GENERAL MONTHLY MEETING, AND MANY OF OUR INTEREST GROUPS, ARE CONTINUING TO OPERATE ONLINE.
In more normal times, which we hope will resume soon, interest group activities take place at different venues in Redditch, often in members’ own homes or in local hired halls. All our leaders give their time and expertise voluntarily. No qualifications are required and none are awarded.
General meetings take place at 2 pm on the third Tuesday of each month at the Oasis Centre in Plymouth Road. There is a varied programme of speakers covering a wide range of topics. A charge of £1.50 is made, to cover the cost of the speaker, room hire and light refreshments.
The cost for full membership is currently £12.50 per year (including a £3.50 National Levy), although a reduced rate is currently applicable because of the unprecedented circumstances we are in. Interest group classes may be free or a small charge may be made to cover room hire where applicable.
Redditch U3A offers the opportunity to make new friends, to learn a new skill, to visit places of interest or to take up a new hobby.
If you are interested in becoming a member, please click the link on the top right of this page. You will be contacted soon by the membership secretary with details of how to join. If you have access to a printer, you can print an application form from the 'Join Us' button at the top of the page, before contacting the membership secretary for details of where to send your completed form.