Welcome to Stokesley and District U3A
The University of the Third Age (U3A)
The U3A was formed in 1982 and is a non-political, non-religious organisation dedicated to providing a social and self-learning environment for retired/semi-retired people.
In the UK there are now well over 1000 U3A's with a new one forming every week and a combined membership of over 385,000. The aim is to encourage members to help each other and to share their knowledge, skills and experience. The pleasure of learning and socialising is the driving force of U3A and members see themselves as both learners and teachers.
The U3A is a brilliant concept - a national organisation aimed at active retired (or semi-retired) people who wish to develop new interests, or pursue current activities with like-minded folk. Local groups (such as the Stokesley and District U3A) work to a loosely-defined national concept but are not controlled by the central organisation. They establish their own informal activity sections covering anything their members choose and ranging from informal education, walking, discussion and travel to sport, reading, drama and bridge - the list is endless. The only requirements are sufficient people with a similar interest - and someone to act as organiser and/or instructor for that subject. Groups plan their own schedules of meetings to pursue that interest.
There is normally a monthly meeting to which all members are invited to socialise, enjoy a speaker, take part in general discussion and find out about group activities. But the great strength of the U3A lies in its internal activity groups pursuing whatever subject their members wish and meeting where, when and how often they decide.
Since we learn for the pleasure of it, no qualifications are required and none are given. There is no attendance requirement and no tutor fees. It is a great way to keep body and mind active as we travel through this 'third age' of our lives.
The Stokesley and District U3A
Stokesley and District U3A was formed in June 2004. Since then we have grown rapidly to a membership of over 600 and with 46 activity groups. We are a member of the Third Age Trust and a registered charity.
If you are interested in joining us then please go to the CONTACT page.
These are formed to satisfy any subject, with frequency, location and timing of meetings decided by the group. Someone acts as a leader/organiser/tutor/convener and liaises with the Activity Group Coordinator to avoid clashes where possible with other groups on the timetable and to decide on a meeting place, dependent on size. Some details of these groups are given on the GROUPS page and members can access more information by clicking the Newsletters link. If you have an interest that is not covered by our groups but would like find others with similar interests then please contact us.
These are held in Stokesley Methodist Church on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Doors open at 1.15pm with the opportunity for tea/coffee, a chat, and to meet group leaders. The talk then starts at 2pm for about an hour including questions and is followed by any announcements, committee and group leaders’ reports. Details of these meetings are shown on the MEETINGS page (press the button at the top of this page).
The annual subscription is £25/person, which includes attendance at all monthly meetings. In addition, from September 2018, members of groups meeting in rented rooms must also pay £1 each time they attend. For those groups which travel or incur entrance fees the full cost must be paid. The Group Leader will arrange with the group how these fees will be collected. [Group Leaders may download a Fees Return Form by clicking this link.] There are reduced membership fees for Affiliated members who are members of another U3A and who have paid their Capitation Fee. Also there is a reduced fee of £15 for the part year from 1st April. Our subscription year runs from September to August. If you pay tax, your subscription may be gift aided.
Our Members Handbook is issued annually and a Newsletter is published quarterly and is sent to each member, wherever possible via email, but if no email is available, it can be collected at the main meeting or will be posted out. Any member is invited to contribute newsletter items.
National and Regional U3A
As a member you are also entitled to use the facilities of the Third Age Trust and attend events organised by the regional organisations. To find out more click the National and Regional link.