Wyre U3A (University of the Third Age) is one of over 800 U3As across the country and world wide. Like all U3As it is aimed at people no longer in full time employment who share an interest in and a love of learning and who want to keep active in mind and body. Many of our members say that it is not only the shared learning which they enjoy but also the friendliness of the other members. The social aspects of belonging to a U3A are very important to us.
We came into being in early 2011 with just 74 members enrolled but now have well over 300 members and 30 or so different interest groups.These numbers are growing all the time. Wyre U3A serves not only Wyre Borough but also Over Wyre and Blackpool. We do not, however, restrict membership and if you can get to our meetings and you would like to join you will be made most welcome.
U3A is not like a school, college or evening class with 'teachers' and 'pupils'. Members share their knowledge and experience and learn together and all are expected to play an active part. There is no curriculum - members decide for themselves what they want to learn and if they come across an interesting angle they follow it. No qualifications are needed to join and no awards are given - you don't have to prove you have learnt or done something.
It costs £10 for individual membership of Wyre U3A, this includes the £3.50 per person we pay to the central organising body, The Third Age Trust. Some group meetings take place in members homes but larger groups meet in hired premises. The most popular venue is Carleton Memorial Hall where, in common with other hired venues, members pay a small fee to cover the room hire. Where meetings take place in private homes there is often a small contribution towards refreshments.In addition to the interest groups we hold a monthly meeting at 2 pm on the second Thursday of the month at Thornton Little Theatre when we have a guest speaker. A charge of £1 is made for this meeting. NB Parking is at a premium at the Little Theatre and if arriving by car it is advisable to park behind the Tavern on the Mill and walk the short distance to the hall.
If you are interested in joining us but not sure if U3A is for you then everyone is welcome to a taster session at either the monthly meeting or an interest group to help them to decide. After this you must join if you wish to attend further meetings.