Welcome to Worcester Area Group (u3a)

Hello and welcome to our website

Worcester U3A (Charity No. 702588) is part of an international movement of retired and semi-retired people who share their lifetime experience and knowledge in a variety of educational, creative and leisure activities. A list of the Groups for 2021/2022 can be viewed on the Group News page.

We are a self-managed learning co-operative and our many members contribute to our numerous different Interest Groups. No qualifications are necessary and none are awarded, the accent is on fun.

There are many ways to help – co-ordinating an interest group, volunteering for the committee, organising a talk or visit, preparing refreshments, being a ‘new member’ buddy to name but a few. We ask all members to consider how they, personally, can contribute to Worcester u3a – not necessarily as soon as they join, but over time.

When do we meet?

Our 'season' runs from mid-September to the following April or May with a few groups carrying on through the summer. Most Interest Groups meet fortnightly. We also have a fortnightly Main Meeting, September to July, open to all members, with visiting speakers and a chance to meet other members socially. Some of these are held using Zoom, others in person.

Where do we meet?

Main meetings are normally held at the Green Centre, Dines Green, or Warndon Hub, Shap Drive, Warndon, and Interest Groups use a variety of Worcester venues, including church halls, community centres, libraries and members’ own houses.

What does it cost?

The fee to join or renew from June 2022 to August 2023 is £35, or £47 if you join Weekly Bridge 1 or 2 or Film Appreciation. This entitles you to join as many interest groups as you wish providing there are spaces. Meetings are free, though many groups will require a small contribution to running costs, e.g. refreshments, materials, sheet music.

Non-members may attend one meeting, either a main meeting or a Group meeting, as a 'taster', but must join the Worcester u3a before attending any more. Please contact the Membership Secretary or Chairman to enquire about attending a main meeting, and the Groups Coordinator and/or Assistant Coordinator about attending a Group meeting. (See Contact Page)

What else do members get?

Members receive our own regular updates and newsletters, as well as Third Age Matters, our National magazine; invitations to a number of trips, visits and lunches; and the chance to join one group in a neighbouring u3a, via our reciprocal agreements.

How do I join?

Click on the Join/Renew page for more information. Applications can be made online, or by downloading and printing an application form. If you are unable to print the form, contact the Membership Secretary, via the Contact section of our website, to be sent a copy.

Neighbouring u3as

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Here are links to the web sites of some sister u3as in the area. The groups are all members of one or more local clusters: Worcestershire County network; Hereford Cluster and Cotswold Link. We enjoy reciprocal rights to attend one Group of a u3a which belongs to any of these clusters – if they have spaces. The u3a may make a charge for this.

Bishops Cleeve, Bourton & District; Bromsgrove; Bromyard; Cam, Dursley & District; Cheltenham, Churchdown, Cirencester, Droitwich, Evesham & District; Fairford; Gloucester; Ledbury & District; Leominster; Malvern; Newent & District; North Cotswold; Northleach; Pershore, Ross on Wye, Stroud; Tetbury & District; Tewkesbury, Thornbury, Winchcombe.

We are also part of the West Midland Region.

Key pages on this website

  • For Members: topical items in and outside u3a, more confidential information, committee contact details etc.
  • Group News: full details of groups on the programme for 2022.
  • Events: forthcoming events and activities, within Worcester u3a and beyond.

If you have any comments on the site you can contact the editor via the 'General' option on the Contact page.

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