Shrewsbury

Welcome to the U3A in Shrewsbury

ORIGINS OF U3A

The University of the Third Age was founded in Toulouse in 1973 and has since become an international organisation. Each country has developed its own style, with an emphasis in the UK on participation by members rather than on formally-organised courses. The UK's U3A was founded in 1982 and has been a major success. Today there are over 800 branches and over 270,000 members. U3A neither requires nor awards any qualifications.

SHREWSBURY U3A, Registered Charity Number 1148657

Shrewsbury U3A dates from 1992. Like all U3As, it is a mutually self-help organisation, open to all, regardless of education or attainment, and our objective is to advance the education of, and provide educational interest for, people aged over 50 no longer in full-time employment. We aim to achieve this through monthly meetings and, even more so, through members' involvement in our study groups.

The annual subscription, payable each September, covers affiliation fees to the national organisation, four 'U3A News' magazines posted to members, and local expenses such as the cost of speakers and room rental for monthly meetings, postage and the publication of a newsletter. It also includes membership of any study group or groups. The monthly newsletter provides news and reports on our activities and all members are encouraged to contribute to it.

MONTHLY MEETINGS

These usually take place on the third Monday of every month (10.00 am to 11.45 am) and are open to all members. They enable members to meet and find out what is happening. Most months, an outside speaker is invited to talk on a topic of general interest (see the Events page for forthcoming speakers and topics as well as the current venue). At present, our membership is over 850 with around two hundred or more attending the monthly meetings regularly.

These regular monthly meetings will take place in the Walker Theatre at Theatre Severn, unless indicated otherwise. Please refer to the EVENTS page of the website in case events have been re-scheduled for reasons beyond our control. Most months we have a guest speaker, as programmed on the Events page.

The main entrance to the theatre will be open at 9.45 am and bar staff on the second floor will be on duty from 9.45 am to serve tea and coffee. Please arrive in time to enable the meeting to start at 10.30 am. Tea, coffee and food will be available after the meeting in the second floor bar/restaurant. There is a lift for those who cannot manage the stairs.

Monthly "Coffee Time" Please click on this Monthly Coffee Time link for more information about these informal 'drop-in' meetings, that are held on the LAST Friday of the month. All Shrewsbury U3A members and potential members are welcome, whether or not they belong to our interest groups. Our IT specialist is usually present to help you with any computer problems you may have.

NEW AND PROSPECTIVE MEMBERS

New members are always welcome. Just come along to one of our monthly meetings, where our Groups Administrator will be in the seating area outside the entrance to the Walker Theatre from 9.45 am onwards. There, we will be able to help you with any information or enquiries about our existing groups or about the U3A in general. A prospective member may attend one monthly meeting and/or one study group meeting, before deciding whether to join.

HOW TO JOIN SHREWSBURY U3A

If you would like to use our online membership facility, please click on this Join Shrewsbury U3A link for further details. Don't worry, you will be able to back out of the linked page without making a payment if you decide that you do not wish to proceed.

Alternatively, if you would like to join by more traditional methods, please download and complete an application form by clicking on this Application form 2017 link. You may then complete the process either by sending your form and membership fee by post to the address given on the form or by bringing them along to a Monthly Meeting.

U3A IN SHROPSHIRE

Local U3As in Shropshire are organised into an informal grouping. They discuss matters of mutual interest, exchange views on local U3A concerns and co-ordinate open days and joint activities. At present, the grouping consists of Bridgnorth, Church Stretton, Ludlow, Market Drayton, Oswestry, Shrewsbury, Welshpool, Whitchurch, Wolverhampton and Wrekin.

STUDY GROUPS AND ACTIVITIES

Shrewsbury U3A has around 80 study groups (see our Groups List for details) devoted to a wide range of interests and educational subjects. Groups may start up or change at any time. If you don't find a particular interest of yours covered by the existing groups, what about starting a new group yourself? You do not need to be an expert to be a Group Co-ordinator. Interest and enthusiasm are the only requirements.

Membership of a Group

  • Membership of groups is open to all members of Shrewsbury U3A, provided the group is not already full.
  • Members interested in joining a particular group should contact the relevant Group Co-ordinator.
  • Groups generally meet once or twice monthly, usually either from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon or from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm.
  • The input required from members varies from group to group. Some Co-ordinators ask a group member to take responsibility for one or more meetings a year. Others encourage three or four members to volunteer smaller contributions every few months as the basis for a meeting. Occasionally presentations may be given by people from outside the group. Whatever the pattern, all members are encouraged to make a contribution of some sort.
  • Please remember to let the Group Co-ordinator know if you are unable to attend a meeting, or if you intend leaving a group.

Costs

  • Some groups meet in members' homes where members are asked to contribute 50p per meeting for coffee/tea/biscuits.
  • Other groups meet in premises for which there is a small charge and group members agree to share expenses.
  • Transport is important for some groups. Those having a lift with a car driver should remember to contribute to the cost of fuel. The rates are as follows: Up to 15 miles (return journey) £1.00; 16 to 35 miles £2.00; 36 to 55 miles £3.00; 56 to 75 miles ££4.00; 76 to 95 miles £5.00; 96 to 115 miles £6.00

RESOURCES

We hold five laptops locally, two additional computer monitors, two digital projectors and a screen, which are all available for group activities. Groups can also borrow slides, videos, cassettes, DVDs and CD-roms from the U3A national office. Advice and help can be sought from the national subject co-ordinators. For further advice on available resources you can always contact our overall Groups Co-ordinator.

HOW TO CONTACT US

If you wish to contact a committee member with a specific query, or to request our "Welcome" documents, please send an email from the Contact page to the Secretary.

DISABLED ACCESS

The following Groups meet at premises having Disabled Access:
Architecture - Antiques Appreciation - Cafe Society 1 - Cinema - Family History 3 - History of Art - History of Science and Invention - Local History - Modern Art History - Bowls (Indoor Green)

ACCESS TO U3A NATIONAL WEBSITE

The Members' Area of the site is well worth exploring. Among other features it contains the Resource Centre catalogue and a subject advice section, useful for both new and established groups. To access this area you need to 'Create an Account' to register yourself as a site user. Here are the simple instructions for doing this:

1 On the Homepage, click the 'Create Account' button at the top of the page.
2 Complete the form and check (tick) the 'accept cookies' box.
3 Click 'Send registration request'.
4 U3A will send you an email to confirm your account has been set up.
5 When you return to the site, click the 'Member Login' button and use your username and password to log in.

SHREWSBURY U3A FACEBOOK GROUP

Our Facebook 'group' is intended to promote all kinds of communication between members of Shrewsbury U3A. It's possible to share comments, photos, videos and information. This facility also shows forthcoming events and an up-to-date list of interest groups and their contact details.

You can visit the page directly by typing the following link into your browser address bar:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1562734357295766