Wantage & Grove


Third Age Trust

As a Registered Charity and member of the Third Age Trust we aim to offer educational, creative and leisure activities for retired and semi-retired people using the skills, knowledge and enthusiasm of our own members.

Our main meetings are held at 2.00 pm on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month in Grove Parish Church Hall (opposite the Village Hall). A varied programme of talks is arranged throughout the year with contributions from our own members and invited outside speakers. Visitors are welcome at our main meetings in the Church Hall for a small donation. Due to the coronavirus currently all talks will be presented online by Zoom.

We also hold a monthly 'New Members Coffee Morning' on the 3rd Friday in the month. The coffee mornings are held in The Beacon Coffee Shop from 10.30 am to 12 pm and are open to everyone. They provide a way to get to know other members, and offer new members and individuals thinking of joining the U3A an opportunity to find out more about the movement and, specifically, the activities within our own branch. The next meeting is 16th October on Zoom.

Special Interest Groups are led by members and held in members’ homes and other locations. For the full list, see the Groups tab at the top of this page. Special Interest Groups are for U3A members only.

Our annual Membership subscription is payable in January at a cost of £20 (£25 with a hard copy of Wagtales). Each member is issued with a programme of meetings for the coming year and receives a copy of Wagtales, our bi-monthly newsletter, in hard copy or by email.

The History of Wantage and Grove U3A
The University of the Third Age (U3A) originated in France in 1972 and the first British U3A was established in 1982. Wantage U3A was formed in 1985, meeting in a classroom at King Alfred's School in term time only. In 2008, to accommodate a growing membership we moved to Grove Village Hall in Main Street, changing our name to Wantage and Grove U3A. A successful application for a grant from the Big Lottery Fund (National Lottery) enabled us to purchase equipment, and financed the setting up of the Film Group. The website was launched soon thereafter, and a short newsletter published which, in 2011, was expanded to become Wagtales. A substantial increase in membership necessitated a move to larger premises, in Grove Parish Church Hall, in December 2016.

Full information on the 'Third Age Trust' can be seen using the U3A tab at the top of this page

POLICIES The 'policies' applicable to the way this charitable organization is run are set out in the POLICIES tab at the top of this page. Each individual policy is accessed through the appropriate related LINK on the page

Registered Charity No.294827

Page revised 5 September 2020