Welcome to the web-site for Shepway and District U3A.
We are gradually returning our meetings to venues where we can meet in person although some groups still run using Zoom and some meetings use both methods. Normal covid protocols apply so bring a mask with you.
The University of the Third Age
The U3A is a learning organisation made up of independent groups run by their members. Members are normally retired or semi-retired from paid employment, and wish to use some of their leisure time to acquire new skills and help others do the same. To find out more about the history and ethos of the U3A, follow the link below to the website for the Third Age Trust.
Shepway U3A is part of the Kent network of U3As which organises joint events and the network page can be found by clicking on the Kent U3A Network link.
Shepway and District U3A
Our local branch has over 700 members from the district of Shepway in Kent and includes Folkestone, Hythe, the villages in the North Downs north of these towns and much of the Romney Marsh. Our main activities centre on the subject groups of which there are now around 80. Some information about those which are currently running can be found on the Groups page. We have regular monthly coffee mornings on the fourth Friday of the month currently at the Tin Tabernacle, Hythe starting at 11.00 am, and the third Wednesday in the month currently at Wards Hotel, Earls Avenue, Folkestone, starting at 10.30 am. There are also quarterly coffee mornings at the Ship Hotel, New Romney. There are regular members' meetings at the Tin Tabernacle, Hythe at 2.00 pm (which will also be available on Zoom). Outings and social events are also held throughout the year, to which guests may be invited when there are spare places. See the Events page for details.
We are now a registered charity and GiftAiding your subscription will help keep costs, including the membership fee, down.
How to Join
Our annual membership fee for the period 1st April 2022 to 31st March 2023 is £35. Current members can renew using the relevant form below. From 1st February new members can join at the annual rate of £35 which will take their subscription until 31st March next year (2023).
If you are interested in joining please download the application form below or use the Contact page to get in touch with the Membership Secretary by telephone or e-mail Membership & General Enquiries.
A membership application form can be downloaded here (£35): Member App £35
A fillable electronic application form, which must be sent to the membership secretary, for those paying by BACS (£35) can be downloaded here: ElectroApp£35
Renewal for period to March 31st 2023 can be downloaded here as a pdf: 2022 renewal
A fillable electronic renewal form, which must be sent to the membership secretary, for those paying by BACS (£35) can be downloaded here: Electrorenewal2022
We look forward to hearing from you.
During the coronavirus outbreak we will be producing a short newsletter updating members on our activities.
The July Newsletter can be downloaded here: July 2022 Newsletter
The August Newsletter can be downloaded here: August2022Newsletter
All members and visitors are welcome to attend at any of the locations. See the Events section (Social) for dates.
The cost is £2 for the coffee morning and members' meetings (depending on venue - £2.50 at Wards Hotel).
Gina Dale tribute book
A book of tributes to our late chairperson Gina Dale has been uploaded to the site and can be accessed by clicking here: gina tribute
Our U3A is now on Amazonsmile, the charitable-giving arm of the shopping website, which means with each Amazonsmile purchase we make they donate a percentage to our organisation.
The link to shop using Amazonsmile and donating to our U3A is: Shepway Smile
Data Protection Policy: Click here to view our Data Protection Policy:GDPR2019
Committee / Group Leaders Page: Beacon Administration
Members Only Page: Members login