Sutton Coldfield

Welcome

Sutton Coldfield U3A (University of the Third Age) is a self-help organisation for people no longer in full time employment, providing educational, creative, and leisure opportunities in a friendly environment.

We are a learning cooperative, run by volunteers, which draws upon the knowledge, experience and skills of our own members to organise and provide interest groups in accordance with the wishes of the membership.

Formed in 1989, Sutton Coldfield U3A has around 1,500 members from all walks of life, living in the area of Sutton Coldfield and the surrounding suburbs.

We have an extensive programme of events and meetings that are organised by nearly sixty different interest groups, covering such fields as arts, languages, sciences, physical exercise, mental challenges, social and recreational activities – all with a ‘fun‘ element.

Please see the Groups page for a full list of interest groups and the Events page for more details of forthcoming general activities.

We publish a monthly Newsletter which is called Sage. This is not available on the website since it contains personal information, but copies are distributed to members and are made available to prospective members as either a paper copy or via our email information system. This contains details of all meetings for the current month, as well as general articles submitted by our members.

The Monthly Programme (click to download a copy) provides full meeting information for the current month. Note: Because of Christmas, the December Monthly Programme also lists all planned meetings for January 2019.

Meeting Locations

Most meetings are held near Sutton Coldfield town centre at the following locations (click the links to view the location on Google Maps):

Each individual group gives the location, and often the room, of its meetings on its own Groups page. If you're unsure about either the time or location of a meeting, contact the organiser for that group.

Membership

New Members. We welcome new members who would like to join existing groups or organise new ones. You're welcome to attend a few group meetings to see if they're of interest before joining as a member. You can download a 2018/19 New Members Application Form here.

Existing Members. Existing Sutton Coldfield members who are renewing their membership for 2018/19 can download a Membership Renewal Form here.

Associate Members. If you currently belong to another U3A but regularly attend meetings held by Sutton Coldfield U3A, you need to complete a 2018/19 Associate Membership Form. This is to comply with regulations to enable us to have details of non-local members attending each of our meetings.

Please come along to a meeting and learn more, or to find out more about individual group meetings, send a message to the Group Organiser from the specific group page you are interested in.

Annual General Meeting 2018

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Sutton Coldfield U3A will take place in 'The Sanctuary' at the United Reformed Church in Sutton Coldfield on the morning of Thursday the 22nd of November 2018. The meeting will commence at 10:00am sharp and is expected to run for between 45 and 60 minutes. All Sutton Coldfield U3A members who wish to attend this meeting will be welcome!

A review of the last 12 month's activities and a presentation of the annual accounts will take place, and those Sutton Coldfield U3A members present will have the opportunity to put questions concerning the U3A's activities to the Committee.

The following documents relating to Sutton Coldfield U3A's activities are now available for all members to download and read. Hard copies will also be made available for attendees on the day of the AGM itself. Please click on the appropriate document to download a copy:

The AGM will be followed by tea and coffee served by the cafe in the URC, these being provided free of charge on this occasion.

Following this refreshment break, the usual Monthly Talk will take place in the Cedar Hall, when U3A member Rodger Ide will be giving us a highly entertaining talk entitled "Victorian Scientific Amusements & their Modern Equivalents", accompanied by a live demonstration or two and perhaps even the odd explosion! This talk will have the later start time of 11:15 am and will run through until 12:30 pm. For this month only, the Monthly Meeting will be free of charge to those attending the AGM.

Privacy and Data Protection

As most members will be aware, new European-wide data protection regulations (GDPR) came into force on the 25th of May 2018. Sutton Coldfield U3A's own Privacy Policy and Data Protection Policy have been updated to reflect this change and are now available by following the appropriate links on this page. Also available is our Interest Assessment: Next of Kin which details exactly why we may from time to time request these details from members.