About us - Taw U3A

In 1992, with increasing local interest in U3A membership, Taw U3A was formed as a second branch in the Barnstaple area of North Devon. This makes us just 27 years old and we now have over 400 members and 39 Interest Groups.

Taw U3A is Registered Charity No. 1026238

Our Trustee Committee

Chairman: Jean Hill
Vice Chairman: Jane Green
Taw Secretary: Susan Boyd
Treasurer: David Baker
Assistant Treasurer: Jane Green
Membership Secretary: Elaine Willis
Groups Co-ordinator: Jill Baker
Events Organiser: vacant post
Newsletter Editor: Lesley Wade
Committee Member: Marion Choules


Posts held by Non-Trustee Members

Tech Equipment Manager:Gordon Gregory
Webmaster: John Everard


If you wish to contact any of the above, please use our Contact page.

Minutes of Trustee Meetings
Copies of the Minutes of the last few meetings can be requested from the Taw U3A Secretary by using our Contact page.

Membership of Taw U3A runs from 1st January to 31st December with a membership fee of £10.00 per person, reduced to £5.00 if joining after 31st August and free for those over 90 years old. There are small additional costs in some Groups to cover the hire of a meeting place, equipment or refreshments. If you are interested in joining us please look at the additional information on our Join Us page.



In order to protect the personal data of our members, Links to the Taw U3A Monthly Newsletters from this website have been removed. I apologise for the inconvenience this causes.

In the meantime, members can pick up paper copies of the Newsletter at all Taw U3A Monthly Coffee Mornings or at the Monthly Lunches. Details of these can be found on the 'Events' page of this website. Newsletters can also be picked up on the first floor of Barnstaple Library. Members with an internet connection should contact the Taw U3A Newsletter Editor, who can forward future copies of the Newsletter to you electronically.
John Everard (Taw U3A Webmaster)


Taw U3A Policies, Procedures and Constitution
As a Register Charity in its own right, the Taw U3A Trustees have produced several Policy and Procedural documents, including our Constitution. These can be viewed by clicking on the links at the top of the column to the right of this page. These documents are in pdf format (see note at foot of page).


North Devon Link
Although each is run in an individual style, every U3A in the country belongs to a local 'Link' or 'Network'. The 'North Devon U3As Link' currently comprises a group of eight U3As: Barnstaple, Braunton & District, Exe Valley, North Coast (in Ilfracombe), South Molton, Taw, Tiverton and Torridge. The aim of each 'Link' is to support the U3As within their area by sharing information and practices.

Our 'Link' is especially proud of the Theme Day run each year, in October. The topics are very wide-ranging to accommodate the interests of all our members (any Link organised events will be shown on our Events page).  

U3A National Organisation
The National body of the U3A arranges events open to all members. These can be viewed by logging in to the 'Members Area' at https://www.u3a.org.uk and visiting the 'Events' page. There you can also opt to receive their newsletter, which shows information about future events.

Note: Downloadable documents are in pdf format. If your computer doesn't have a pdf reader; one can be downloaded, free of charge, from either Adobe or Foxit, by clicking on either of those links at the top of the column to the right.