Wellington & District

Welcome to the Wellington & District u3a


---------Learning Together

--------------Working Together

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This is one of well over a thousand democratic self- funded organisations in the country which provide a wide range of educational, creative and leisure activities at minimal cost, by making use of members’ experience, knowledge and skills. There are over 425,000 members in this country who are middle aged or beyond and are no longer in full-time employment.

u3a stands for the University of the Third Age, which is a self-help organisation for people no longer in full time employment providing educational, creative and leisure opportunities in a friendly environment. It consists of local u3as all over the UK, which are charities in their own right and are run entirely by volunteers. Local u3as are learning cooperatives which draw upon the knowledge, experience and skills of their own members to organise and provide interest groups in accordance with the wishes of the membership.

The teachers learn and the learners teach. Between them u3as offer the chance to study over 300 different subjects in such fields as art, languages, music, history, life sciences, philosophy, computing, crafts, photography and walking. A typical u3a has about 250 members but could be as small as 12 and as large as 2000.
The u3a approach to learning is – learning for pleasure. There is no accreditation or validation and there are no assessments or qualifications to be gained.

Ours is a relatively small u3a group -around 170 members- which means that it is possible to get to know most of them and give and receive help when needed. We encourage new members and hope that their input will bring impetus and diversity to the group.

Members of the Wellington & District u3a meet together every month in normal times for a Coffee Morning at the Rugby Club off Coram's Lane ( TA21 8LL ) when groups, individuals or a visiting speaker may make a presentation to the meeting. We are now meeting by zoom 10.30-11.10 and 11.30-12.10. Details of passwords are sent to members prior to the meetings.

DIRECTIONS :- To get to the Rugby Club from town, go down North Street and then straight down Waterloo Road until you see the Methodist Church on your right. Turn left by the new building into Coram’s Lane. Follow and bear left by the Sports Centre, into the car park and then on the far left is the Rugby Club with its own free parking.

FINANCE :- The Annual Subscription is £10.00 payable each September and this covers membership subscription fees to the national organisation. {Note :-The committee have decided that for this unusual year we will request payment of only £5.00 which covers payment to the Third Age Trust who are still enabling learning and keeping contact with the many other u3a's through Zoom and social media.}

A charge of 50 pence is made for the coffee morning.

All group meetings held in the Rugby Club, the Lang Room, the Community Centre or Lodge Close cost a minimum of 50 pence but we invite £1 for each session when the group is too small to cover the cost of the rent.

Most other meetings are charged at 50 pence.

There is a printed PROGRAMME giving details of the groups and contacts, which is available at the monthly coffee mornings and also at the Wellington Library in Fore Street.