South West U3A Region


Hello and welcome to the South West Regional site

The South West covers the counties/areas of Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Isles of Scilly and the Channel Islands, so is the largest geographical Region in England.

Here in the South West we have 131 U3As, some large, some very small; most of them also come together to meet with other local U3As in one of 13 Networks where they can share ideas, can help each other solve problems and can organise joint activities.

Individual U3A/Network contributions are welcome for publication on the South West Website and should be sent to the Webmaster using the link on the contact page.
If you have ideas for new U3As or training do let me know.

It’s been a busy few months, but I’ve had a lovely time meeting some of you at celebrations and Study Days. We have new U3As, some in the pipeline and sadly, one closure.
We have established a support group for the Regional Trustee (RSG), and this small group have agreed to take on some of the duties as and when RT can’t be in two places at once! It is proposed that they will continue as a group to work with the new RT in September. They all come from the regional volunteers group and are Trust Volunteers. Val Warren from Avalon, Jane Flynn from .Cheltenham, Susan Parker from Plymouth, Frances Berry from Ashburton,
Marion Clements from Cheddar, and myself make up this group. At our initial meeting we agreed that the purpose of the group is, “To support RT as required with some specific roles identified according to strengths and training. The RSG will meet a minimum of three times a year. There are six core members with others to call on as needed.”
Frances agreed to be our liaison for U3A DAY with the main committee from the Board who are organising this national event in June. I hope you’re all making plans - contacting the community via local dignitaries, other charities with similar objects, schools... the list goes on.
Do look at the main website for the link where you’ll find a ‘toolkit’ to help.

Jill Nicholls
South West trustee