If you've got this far, you'll probably have a clue about U3A and what it's for. (see www.u3a.org.uk) But what to say about Ryedale U3A?

Well, it is centred mostly on Pickering and Malton, but draws its members from all over the Ryedale area. Ryedale is both pretty big - 575 sq miles, and pretty small - about 52,000 people.

Our U3A has around 300 members (March 2021) and when operating normally we draw a regular 100 or so to our monthly meeting and talk. We had over 25 groups at the last count, varying from bird watching to play reading to taiji, offering something for everyone in a sociable way, and all using the skills and enthusiasm of volunteer members.

Normally the monthly meeting is held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month (excluding July & August) at Kirby Misperton Village Hall and our interest groups meet wherever feels right for the group - members' homes, hotel rooms, village halls, libraries or out and about in the locality. All arrangements for these meetings will be held subject to prevailing Government advice and with utmost consideration for the safety of our members and our speakers. Many of our interest groups are running 'virtually' via Zoom - check the list or contact our Groups Co-ordinator (details below).

When we are fully back up and running,you are welcome to come to a couple of general meetings to have a look before you decide whether to join. Have a look at our latest Newsletter (link top right on this page) to see what we and you can do. We celebrated our 25th anniversary in 2018 and produced a commemorative booklet detailing the activities from 1993 to 2018 - a copy is available on request.

If you would like to start/co-ordinate an interest group we would be pleased to hear from you - please contact our Groups Co-ordinator: Barbara Dransfield on ryedalegroups@gmail.com or telephone 07841 261026

If you are a U3A member visiting the area, you are welcome to drop in as a guest to our monthly meeting, (see Events page) but could you drop us an email if you're thinking about it in case there has been a last minute change - see "CONTACT"

Annual membership is £14, or £20 for two at one address. Additionally, most groups make a small charge to cover essential costs. If you want to find out more, ring our Membership Secretary, Jean Leggott, on 01751 475093 or e-mail us (see our Contacts or Trustees page for details)

REVISED March 2021