What is the U3A?
It stands for the University of the Third Age (the time of life when people are no longer in full time paid work.) Now there is more time to learn, to extend skills with the camera or the computer, or to tackle a long-delayed project - and have fun in the process! The U3A, which is a charity, has grown rapidly because it meets a real need in each local community.
Why is a new U3A being planned in Edenbridge?
There are already several flourishing U3As in the West Kent area, and they are willing to assist a new U3A to start wherever there is enough demand. The local members decide on the details of where and when.
What does a U3A offer?
- A Monthly Meeting, with an outside speaker. There is tea and cake, and time to speak to friends.
- A chance to join the Study and activity Groups, which are run by the members themselves on a large number of topics.
- There will be a regular newsletter, and copies of Third Age Matters and Sources magazine from National Office.
- Anyone can belong who is free during some part of the day, when the Study Groups meet.
Are there Social Events?
Yes, there will be Coffee Mornings, a Lunch Club, and day visits arranged by a small committee exclusively for members of that U3A. Some of the groups have a strong social element, such as a Wine Group, Theatre Group and Walking Groups.
How much does it cost?
Each U3A sets its own subscription, usually under £20 a year. Members receive a range of services from National Office, such as discounted computer software, as well as events organised at national and county level. All events are kept as low cost as possible.
If you would like to find out more or want to join, or feel you can offer help
There is a flyer on the Knole U3A website www.knoleu3a.org.uk which you can download and fill in, to register your interest. It is called Planning for a new U3A in West Kent. Please talk to your friends about this and encourage them to support your U3A.
There is a planning meeting at Edenbridge Community centre on Tuesday 30th April 2013, at 2pm. Everyone is welcome.