Welcome to Somerton U3A!
U3A stands for the University of the Third Age, which is a self-help organisation for people no longer in full time employment providing educational, creative and leisure opportunities in a friendly environment. It consists of local U3As all over the UK, which are charities in their own right and are run entirely by volunteers. Local U3As are learning cooperatives which draw upon the knowledge, experience and skills of their own members to organise and provide interest groups in accordance with the wishes of the membership.
Somerton U3A, based in the Ancient Capital of Wessex was formed in 1997, with a membership of 40, to serve Somerton and the surrounding villages. Since then we have grown to have a membership of more than 350. We are part of the 'Avalon Group' which is a partnership of 6 local U3A's. This partnership is strengthening and we meet together twice a year to exchange thoughts, ideas and to learn from each other.
Our U3A is educational, informative, sociable and fun and despite our size we pride ourselves on being a very friendly organisation.
In normal times we meet together monthly, on the 4th Friday, for morning coffee and a guest speaker with our talks covering a wide variety of subjects. We run several coach trips a year and get together for a splendid Christmas Lunch. Under the present Government restrictions we are having virtual meetings and presentations via Zoom.
You will have the opportunity to join any number of the 50 interest Groups that we run. The only restriction will be fitting them in!
In addition you will receive the National U3A Magazine and our monthly Newsletters.
All this for an annual membership of £16!
An Application Form can be downloaded using the Link on the right hand side.
If you would like to find out more then please contact the Membership Secretary. Non members are welcome to come to our monthly meeting for a small charge.
The photographs on the right, by our Chairman Judi Powell, were taken at an Enrolment Day which, in normal circumstances, takes place in August. If you were unable to enrole then but would like to join Somerton U3A then don't worry - you still can. Membership is open all year, just contact the Membership Secretary. You are guaranteed a warm welcome.