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What is the U3A?

U3A stands for University of the Third Age, a self-help organisation providing educational, creative and leisure opportunities in a friendly environment for people no longer in full time employment. It consists of local U3As across the UK and overseas, which are charities in their own right and run entirely by volunteers. Ware U3A has over 1,000 members and just under 80 groups who meet regularly. This makes it an excellent way to meet and make new friends.

To find out more about Ware U3A read our frequently asked questions

Ware U3A history

Ware U3A was set up in 2008. A Committee was formed consisting of 13 people who met on many occasions over the summer. It was decided to launch on 17 September 2008. Leaside Church Hall was booked, posters were displayed and committee roles were decided. At the launch day 180 people filled in membership application forms.

Read about the memories of the Ware U3A launch day and previous chairmen thoughts

Ware history

It is thought that the historic town of Ware dates back to at least 4,000BC. Significant remains from prehistoric times, the Bronze Age and the Roman occupation have been discovered. The modern day name Ware comes from the Anglo Saxon word for weir.

Ware is known for the The Great Bed of Ware, mentioned in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, along with many listed buildings, 18th century gazebos and Scott's Grotto.

It was once famous for brewing, with many maltings and warehouses. Few of these buildings remain; most of those that do have been converted to provide housing and offices. However, an exciting project is underway to convert the Southern Maltings into a community arts hub.

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Ware U3A was founded in 2008

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