Welcome to Rutland U3A
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If you are retired, semi-retired or about to retire you are eligible to join us. There is no minimum age. We provide opportunities for education, recreation and companionship in a mix of activities of your choosing.
We were formed in 1996 and have grown steadily to our present membership of over 700. As we expand we are also able to increase our range of activities. We are all volunteers and are a self-help organisation registered with the Charity Commission.
We hold a monthly meeting in Oakham for all our members and we also enjoy meeting together in specialist interest groups to learn and enjoy particular subjects or to participate in recreational activities. One-off social events and outings are also organised (see the Events page).
The University of the Third Age (U3A)
The Third Age refers to the period of time after the First age of childhood dependence and the Second age of full-time employment and parental responsibility.
Anyone in their Third Age can join the U3A – all you need is interest and enthusiasm. Despite being called a “university”, it requires no qualifications and no qualifications are awarded. The term “University” refers to the University of Life and the organisation has members and not students.
The International Association of U3As was formed in the early 1970s and the UK’s Third Age Trust was created in 1982 as a registered charity. There are now nearly 950 local U3As in the UK with around 340,000 members.
The Constitution of Rutland U3A decrees that it is run by an Executive Committee of not fewer than 5 and not more than 12 members, and with a maximum of 2 co-opted members being authorised. Details of the current committee are shown on the Contact page and a copy of the Constitution can be accessed from the Policies page.