Are you retired or semi-retired from full-time employment and looking to stretch your mind, extend your social life and have fun? If so, Fleet and District U3A, located in Fleet, Hampshire, may be just what you are looking for.
What is the U3A?
The U3A (University of the Third Age) is a self-help organisation providing study groups, recreational and social activities at minimal cost. The intention is that there be a sharing in learning and a valuing of older people’s skills and experience.
The Third Age Trust represents more than 1,000 local U3As throughout the UK. The total membership of these U3As now exceeds 400,000.
No qualifications are required to join and no qualifications are given. Anyone who is retired or semi-retired can join. Everyone has something to contribute and group leaders are usually volunteers with an interest in a particular topic.
How does the Fleet and District U3A work?
Our U3A runs its own affairs in accordance with its Constitution, local members’ wishes and by their voluntary efforts. Courses are intellectually stimulating, physically beneficial and/or just good fun. It’s a club for ‘recreation, education and companionship’ for Third Agers.
We have a main committee and several sub-committees that help with events, food preparation, programme production and secretarial work. We usually meet during the day using local venues in and around Fleet, with breaks over Christmas, Easter and the summer holidays. There is a small basic charge for each study group, usually £1 for two hours, though a higher charge may apply if external tutors or speakers are used. The atmosphere is informal, welcoming and friendly.
Why should I join the Fleet and District U3A?
You will be able attend our talks, participate in the groups that interest you, go on visits and attend any of our additional events.
The rewards of membership are in learning, participation and making new friends. Members are encouraged to participate as learners or teachers/leaders. Each member has access to a full programme listing groups, times, dates, venues and leaders' contact details.
Formed in 1994, we now have over 1,600 members and more than 100 interest groups. These groups cover such areas as arts and crafts, games, health and fitness, history, languages and social: there really is something for everyone in their Third Age. You can find more information about our groups here. We also hold monthly meetings with a speaker, an annual quiz, a Christmas lunch and a Spring exhibition.
We are always seeking to increase the number of our groups. Would you like to run a new group reflecting your own interests? If so, we will be pleased to help you get started and provide guidance and assistance to your group.
We run monthly meetings where we are entertained by a guest speaker. These are held on the third Wednesday of each month. We also hold monthly coffee mornings (a great way to get to know more about our U3A), social evenings such as quizzes or skittles, a Christmas lunch and occasional trips.
What are the age limits?
There is no age limit for membership, but activities are aimed at mature people not in full-time employment who wish to share in educational, recreational, social and/or creative activities.
How much does it cost?
The 2019-20 annual membership fee is £14. Most groups make a small additional charge, typically £1 per meeting, to cover the cost of venue hire, printed matter and other expenses.
How do I keep up to date?
Look around this website. Members get full access to the various groups and a regular (usually monthly) newsletter.