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 29 years old and we now have over 300 members and 40 Interest Groups.

Taw U3A is Registered Charity No. 1026238

Our Trustee Committee

Chairman: David Baker
Vice Chairman: Peter Thompson
Secretary:Theres Smallridge
Treasurer: Colin O'Brien
Membership Secretary: Veronica McLaughlin
Groups Co-ordinator: Jackie Ward
Newsletter Editor: Lesley Wade
Beacon Site Admin:David Baker
Trustee Member:Marion Choules**
Trustee Member:Jill Baker
Trustee Member:Sue Boyd
Trustee Member:Mal Thompson
Trustee Member: Jean Irvine
Co-opted Trustee:Bob Godfrey

** Marion Choules also looks after new members of Taw U3A


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


Chairmans Report
Each month our Chairman writes a short message to inform members of what's currently going on at the Trustee Meetings and in our U3A in general. To read this click: Chairmans Report .

Minutes of the August 2021 AGM The Minutes of the 2021 AGM can be viewed by clicking this link: 2021 AGM Minutes.

Minutes of Trustee Meetings The Minutes of the most recent Trustee Meeting can be viewed by clicking this link: Trustee Meeting Minutes. Reader should be aware that these Minutes may not have been approved as correct by the Trustees, so should be treated as draft Minutes.

Printed copies of the Minutes of earlier Trustee Meetings can be requested from the Taw U3A Secretary by using our Contact page.

Role Descriptions
Various Roles are assigned to members of our Trustee Committee. Descriptions of these roles can be read at Role Descriptions.

Policies and Procedures adopted by Taw U3A
All Members of Taw U3A have agreed to abide by the Terms and Conditions of Membership, which appears on the Membership Application/Renewal Form.

Details of all our Policies and Procedures can be seen on the Policies page of this website.

The present Taw Constitution can be viewed by clicking on Read Constitution

The Membership-year of Taw U3A changed in 2021 and now runs from 1st April to 31st March 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.

Two Monthly Newsletters are produced for all members to read. To find out more about these - have a look at the "Newsletter" page on this website by pressing the appropriate button at the top of this 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.

U3A Development Plan 2020-2023
The U3A Head Office have produced a 'Development Plan for the years 2020 to 2023. A copy of this can be read by clicking Development Plan.


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.