Yate & Sodbury District


Registered Charity Number 1150627

Welcome to Yate & Sodbury District U3A. We are a vibrant, active u3a which was founded in 2005 and from small beginnings now has over 1300 members.

u3a is a UK-wide movement which brings together people, who are no longer in full-time employment, to develop their interests and continue their learning in a friendly and informal environment. Formed over 35 years ago, there are now over 1,050 local u3a organisations across the UK, with thousands of interest groups between them and more than 450,000 members nationally - plus we’re growing every day. The u3a national body – the Third Age Trust - looks after all the u3as in the UK, providing educational and administrative support.

It's all voluntary; everyone's skills and experience are valuable, and we all learn from each other. There are no qualifications to pass – it is just for pleasure; learning is its own reward. There is no upper or lower age limit so if you are no longer in full time employment and wish to pursue existing interests, develop new skills, meet people and make new friends you are welcome to join us.

You can visit any one of our groups or attend a monthly meeting twice before joining us, but then you need to become a member to comply with our insurance.

The u3a welcomes new and returning members. If you wish to become a member of Yate & Sodbury District u3a, please go to the Join Here page. You can contact the Membership Secretary for further information. If you wish to renew your membership go to the Membership page for more information.

Interest Groups
We have over 80 Interest Groups. These are listed alphabetically on our Groups page. Once you have opened the list, click anywhere on a group's name to expand its details and see the objectives of the group, whether or not it has vacancies and when, where and how often it meets. Contact details for Group Coordinators can be found on each group page, along with information about how they operate. Some groups publish information about future meetings on the Events calendar.

Monthly General Meetings
All members are invited to attend our monthly General Meetings. They are normally held at the Town Hall, Chipping Sodbury on the 1st Friday of each month, from 14.00-16.00. The meetings provide an opportunity to hear talks by visiting speakers. Dates and details, including speakers and venues, are on the Events page.

We publish a quarterly newsletter, which is emailed to all members. Copies of recent issues can be found on the News page. We hope they will give a flavour of our u3a, reflecting the wide range of interests and the friendly and welcoming nature of our members.

We have a Facebook page for the use of our local members. If you use Facebook, please like this page. If you have any content you would like to see posted, especially to promote your group, please send it to the Website Manager using the Contact page.

Executive Committee
Our u3a is run by an Executive Committee which meets once a month. For the minutes of previous meetings see Executive Committee page. If you are a member of Yate and Sodbury u3a and might be interested in joining the Executive Committee, you would be very welcome to attend one or more meetings as an observer. Alternatively, you might just wish to be nominated to join the Executive. In either event please contact the Secretary via the link on the right of this page. The AGM is held in April, so nominations need to be received in time for the meeting. (see 'events' for dates)

Contact Us
For a list of your u3a's contacts see the Contact page; where you can send email.

The u3a ‘Beacon System’ underpins the management of our membership and groups.