Ryton & District


Ryton and District U3A is a vibrant self-help group with around 100 members and about ten interest groups at Barmoor Hub, Main Road, Barmoor, Ryton. It was founded in 1999 and covers (but is not limited to) the old Ryton Urban District Area covering Ryton, Crawcrook, Greenside, Crookhill. Stella and Clara Vale areas. Once a centre for coalmining since the 18th century, the villages in the area are now pleasantly residential.

Our annual subscription is £12.00 a year (plus an additional £3.00 for new Members)and there is an attendance charge of £1.50 for the monthly meeting and for most of the interest groups, to cover the cost of venue hire. If you are interested in joining us or just want some more information, visit the contacts page and get in touch with any Committee member

We hold a monthly meeting which gives reports on the activities of the various groups and is complemented with a guest speaker. It is held at the Barmoor Hub, on the third Wednesday of each month at 2pm. All members are most welcome. Guests too are welcome if they are considering joining U3A.

In July 2019 we were granted Charitable Status (Number 1184428 Ryton and District U3A)

If anyone has a particular skill or interest and is willing to form a new group they would be most welcome.

Ryton and District U3A is part of the international U3A movement originally started in Toulouse, France in 1971. Its aim is to provide a 'learning for life' structure, specifically for those aged 50+ and no longer in full-time employment.
Despite the use of the term "University" in the title there are no degrees or diplomas involved. You are invited to join a group of like-minded people, to make new friends, and to engage in interesting and enjoyable activities. We hope you will participate in groups, have some fun, and maybe learn a thing or two along the way!

In the UK the national movement has been given the general name of the Third Age Trust. You can find out more about the Third Age Trust by clicking on U3A in the Menu bar at the top of this page.