Yate & Sodbury District


Registered Charity Number 1150627


Many of our interest groups have now restarted face to face meetings while adhering to government restrictions and following U3A guidelines and advice. When the situation changes further information will be posted here on the website.

Janet and your U3A Committee

Welcome to the Yate & Sodbury District branch of the U3A, which was founded in 2005 and from small beginnings now has almost 1400 members.
We are part of the U3A (University of the Third Age Trust) which was founded in Paris in 1979 and is now an international organisation. Each country has developed its own style, with an emphasis in the UK on the participation by members rather than on formally organised courses. The UK's U3A was founded in 1982 with now over 1000 Branches and over 400,000 members.

Not a university in the conventional sense.... here, everyone's skills and experience are valuable and we all learn from each other. There is no upper or lower age limit to join and it requires no awards or qualifications.
You can visit any two of our groups twice before joining us, but then it is necessary for you to be a member to ensure you are covered for insurance purposes

The U3A welcomes new and returning members. If you wish to become a member of Yate & Sodbury District U3A, please download the Application and gift aid form or contact the Membership Secretary via the link on the Contact Page of this website. The membership fee is currently only £8 per annum.

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. Please remember to bring your membership card with you.

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.

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 the U3A's contacts see the Contacts page.

The U3A ‘Beacon System’ underpins the management of our membership and groups.