Sidcup & District

Welcome to Sidcup U3A

What is U3A?

U3A is an international organisation which promotes active learning, research, community services plus social and recreational activities to those no longer in active full time employment. Currently, it has over 1000 branches around the UK with a membership exceeding 435,000.

The Sidcup & District U3A branch

The Sidcup & District branch was founded in 1994. Our principal activities are focused around special interest groups, of which we have about 40. The subjects we cover include culture, literature, history, crafts and recreation.(See Group Tab.) Most groups are small in size and determine their own course of study under a chosen leader. There are no formal lectures and members are encouraged to share in a joint process of learning and discovery. We arrange occasional outings to professional concerts and operas - usually in London, and usually at discount prices. Sometimes a group may arrange a holiday.

We hold general meetings in the New Community Church Centre (which has wheelchair access and loop system), 24 Station Road, (photo in side bar) at 2.00 pm on the 3rd Thursday of every month to which we invite guest speakers. Refreshments are available after each meeting. New members are always welcome to join - but please arrive about thirty minutes before we start. Alternatively, you may email our Membership Secretary via the "Contact Us" button in the menu.

All of these activities, together with reports of previous events, are covered in a printed monthly Newsletter which is available to all members. The current Newsletter can also be downloaded from the Newletters page. The annual membership fee for 2020 is £18.00 and this entitles you to attend meetings and as many groups as you wish - provided there are vacancies. (Separate charges apply for some outings). When the desired group does not yet exist, or a group is fully subscribed, enterprising members will simply create a new one.

We produce an annual booklet which displays our programme and describes the activities of our interest groups. Groups that currently have a vacancy are advertised in the latest Newsletter.