Sale u3a is a branch of the international u3a organisation based in Trafford, Greater Manchester, and is a registered charity in its own right. The branch was formed in November 1992 and is run by an elected Executive Committee and volunteer Group Leaders. All activities encourage participation, cooperation, self-help and ongoing learning.

To see what goes on and meet some of the members, come along to one of our General Meetings as a visitor. These meetings take place at Sale Moor Community Centre, Currently monthly only due to restrictions on Fridays during term time from 2.00 to 4.00 pm - you will be most welcome. (see schedule of dates and presentations on our Events page; find out where we are by 'clicking' Our location anywhere on this website to get a Google map and directions.)

Sale Groups activities take place at:

Sale Moor Community Centre for: Arts & Craft, Bridge, Canasta, Computers & Tech Workshop, Easy Exercises , Family History, French Conversation, French (intermediate), Guitar, German (advanced), Italian (beginners), Latin, Literature, Mah Jong, Music Appreciation, Poetry Appreciation, Practical Philosophy, Recorder,Scrabble, Spanish (intermediate), Spanish (post beginners), Writers Group, and General Meetings

Members’ Homes for: Cryptic Crosswords, Various places for: Walking, and Luncheon Group.

Sale Leisure Centre, Broad Road (at 1.30pm) for: Table Tennis

Any future Social Events such as Day coach trips, weekend breaks, end of term social, etc, see links on the Events page or details on the news page.

To get information about setting up new groups - please use our Contact
page General or Group Co-ordinator button.

If you would like to make a presentation to Sale u3a or require information, please use our Contact page Programme Secretary button.

Sale U3A Committee

The Committee of Sale U3A meets on the first Tuesday of each month (except August). If any member wishes to raise a matter with the Committee, please contact the Chair.

Sale Group Membership

Activities are financed by an annual membership subscription, currently £15, due from 1st November, together with a £1 charge for each session that is attended on rented premises at Sale Moor Community Centre. (Note: for the Friday afternoon sessions the charge is £1) Our year runs from 1st November to 31st October.

Membership Forms can be picked up at the Friday Meetings, sent on request using the Membership button on the Contact page, or downloaded by clicking on one of the Links from the menu on the right of this page.

What is the University of the Third Age?

The University of the Third Age (u3a) is an international voluntary organisation that provides educational and cultural pursuits for those people no longer in full time paid employment (The Third Age). There is no upper or lower age limit.

YouTube New Year Message from the CEO of the Third Age Trust Sam Mauger and Chair Liz Thackray.

How does it work?

Its Guiding Principles.

Members are encouraged to form and join study groups covering different areas where tuition is provided by the expertise or leadership of one of the group members. We are a self help educational group and therefore there are no tutors or speakers. The Internet, Open University material or other published teaching aids may be used; where appropriate, to assist group leaders in giving guidance to a study group. Groups meet regularly, either in rented premises or in participants own homes.

The Third Age Trust

In Great Britain, u3a groups throughout the country are affiliated to the Third Age Trust, a body controlled by a National Executive Committee, elected annually by member u3a groups. The Third Age Trust provides service to individual u3a groups, including a quarterly news sheet, a resource centre, assistance for new groups starting up and representation of u3a interests to other national and international bodies.

Finance for the Third Age Trust's activities is raised through an annual affiliation fee that individual u3a groups pay, based on their number of members.

Stated Aims

To encourage & enable older people no longer in full time employment to help each other to share their knowledge, skills, interests & experience. To demonstrate the benefits & enjoyment to be gained & the new horizons to be discovered in learning throughout life. To celebrate the capabilities & potential of older people & their value to society. To make u3as accessible to all older people. To encourage the establishment of u3as in every part of the country where conditions are suitable & to support & collaborate with them.

For further details please see our u3a page.