The Winchcombe Area U3A became a reality in August 2017 after months of hard work by a small group of people who felt there was a potential demand for such an organisation within the Winchcombe area. They were right - we already have over 200 members!

U3A stands for ‘University of the Third Age’. ‘Third Age’ refers to the time of life which follows childhood (the First Age) and employment inside and outside the home (the Second Age). The U3A movement began in France, and spread to the UK in 1981. It is now a worldwide phenomenon. (For more details about its history, go here.)

In the UK, the Third Age Trust is the parent body for over 1,000 autonomous local U3As, whose total membership is growing fast and recently passed the 400,000 mark. (The national website can be found here.)

In common with all local U3As, we aim to bring together people in their Third Age to exchange ideas, to learn, and to participate in a wide range of educational, social and physical activities. No qualification is required other than that you are not in full-time work, and there's no age restriction.

We are financed by members’ subscriptions and by small contributions to groups for the hire of rooms, expenses etc.  Everyone in our U3A is a volunteer, and everyone is expected to help in keeping it running smoothly. It is managed by a committee of volunteers, elected annually. (You can see a copy of our constitution here.)

Nearly 40 interest groups have now been established, ranging from Scottish country dancing to science, engineering and technology, and from poetry to petanque. Groups meet either in local halls and public rooms or in members’ homes. For full details of group meetings, and how to get in touch with a particular group's lead contact, please go here.

We also have a meeting open to all members on the afternoon of the second Tuesday of each month, with visiting speakers and other activities (click here for Events and Speakers ), and members receive a regular newsletter.

For details of how to join us, please go here.

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