The University of the Third Age (U3A) movement is a unique and exciting organisation which provides, through its U3As, life-enhancing and life-changing opportunities. Retired and semi-retired people come together and learn together, not for qualifications but for its own reward: the sheer joy of discovery.

Members share their skills and life experiences: the learners teach and the teachers learn, and there is no distinction between them.

The U3A movement is supported by its national organisation, the Third Age Trust.

We have over 20 interest groups. Please look at the events or groups page to discover what we have to offer. I'm sure that you'll find something of interest for you.


Dear Silhill U3A Member

I hope that you are all managing to make the best of the situation we are all enduring. I know that the weather has certainly helped and gardens are probably worthy of entering for prizes at the Chelsea Flower Show.

I am writing to keep you up to date with the developments in our own U3A. Your committee met the other afternoon, via zoom, to discuss the continuation of the present committee, membership,
interest groups and our members’ welfare.

As you know, the AGM did not take place and voting for post holders for 2020/2021 did not happen. However, for our U3A to continue, we still need a functioning committee. Therefore, it was agreed that the present committee, as detailed on your membership card, should continue to operate until such time that an AGM can take place. It is unlikely that such a meeting will take place until the Spring of 2021. We must ensure that all of us, being identified as vulnerable due to our age, are both safe and confident to participate in any future gathering.

With regard to your membership for 2020/2021 you are all still members of Silhill U3A. No fees will need to be paid this year, but at some point in 2021 there maybe a small increase in the fees for that year to cover the running costs that have been incurred this year e.g. our National Membership fee and subs for the U3A magazine ‘Third Age Matters'.

Some of you, perhaps most of you, are still enjoying the various interest groups. Zoom is proving to be very popular with members in facilitating these meetings. If anyone has any ideas on how an interest group can still operate please let the group leader or any committee member know. Their contact details are on your membership card. You may also wish to sign up to the National U3A website to keep up with various events - and of course not forgetting our own Silhill website!

It’s wonderful to hear how many people are supporting each other. It is really good to chat. If you wish to have a chat with a group leader or committee member may I, once again, draw your attention to the contact details on the membership card. We’d love to hear from you.

Wishing you all the very best in the coming weeks and months.

Barry Toft 19/05/2020