Three Brethren (Scottish Borders)


From March 2020 all activities are suspended UFN

Three Brethren U3A (3BU3A) - Scottish Charity Number SC039266, is based in Galashiels. Membership is drawn from all around - Clovenfords, Earlston, Galashiels, Hawick, Jedburgh, Kelso, Melrose, Newtown St Boswells, Peebles, Selkirk, St Boswells, Stow and Tweedbank.

The U3A is a charitable self-help organisation for people no longer in full time employment. The aim is to provide educational, creative and leisure opportunities in a friendly environment. We are a member of the Third Age Trust – the national support and advisory body for local U3A groups throughout the UK, for more information use the U3A tab.

The Three Brethren are stone cairns built in the 16th century by the lairds of Yair, Philiphaugh and Selkirk, to mark the boundaries of their lands. It is a photo of these cairns that you will see on opening our website. To see a copy use the Gallery tab.

3BU3A was founded in March 2007 and from modest beginnings it has grown steadily to a current membership of around 300, and offers a choice of more than 25 flourishing activity and interest groups. If you do not work, are retired, part-retired or about to retire you are welcome to join us, all you need is interest and enthusiasm! Our annual membership is £10, payable as of 1st April each year.

We hold monthly meetings (through the year, apart from July & August), on the third Monday of the month. These meetings are held at Galashiels Rugby Football Club and there is parking in the public car park by the Borders College opposite. There is a tea rota of those who serve - at monthly meetings. For changes, or to volunteer contact Alastair Black through the CONTACT page.

For timely changes please check the STOP PRESS page.

For more information use the Links tab, where the 4 other U3As in the Borders are listed - along with various 3BU3A items.

To learn about U3A Scotland - click here
To learn about Virtual U3A - click here
To read about the 2020 Summer School Notes - click here

NOTE The U3A National Monthly Newsletter keeps everyone up to date, monthly with news and events as they happen. Most of all, it is a conversation between all of us, which will continue to evolve with your input and feedback. We currently have around 15,000 members receiving this newsletter directly by email but we would love to welcome many more to join us. The link to the newsletter is