U3A stands for the University of the Third Age, a unique self-help learning co-operative of older people. The Third Age is defined not by a particular age but by a period in life in which full time employment has ceased. University is used in its original sense, meaning a collective of persons devoted to learning, not necessarily intellectual, with members rather than students.
The movement started in France in 1974. There are currently more than 1000 U3As in the United Kingdom, with nearly 390,000 individual members.
The guiding principle is of lifelong learning, which is undertaken for its own sake, with enjoyment being the prime motive. Skills are acquired and interests developed for themselves alone, with no reference to qualifications, awards or personal advancement, and we hope to put paid to the notion of a decline in intellectual powers after retirement!
OPEN MEETING with speaker 3rd Thursday every month
(anyone may attend) Parkhouse Centre, 2.30 pm
COFFEE MORNING 1st Friday every month
(meet group leaders, committee) The Weir, Marhamchurch, 10.30 am
COFFEE & COMPANY 3rd Wednesday every month
The Brendon Arms, 10.30 am
COST £20 Annual Subscription (from September)
The U3A aims to encourage retired people of all ages to engage in creative and leisure activities at minimal cost by making use of the skills and knowledge of its members. We offer an opportunity for older people to pursue shared interests in many subjects within a sociable environment.
Local U3As draw upon the knowledge, experience and skills of their own members to organise and provide interest groups in accordance with the wishes of the membership. Activities are organised mainly in small groups that meet regularly, often in each other’s homes.
We pursue an amazing range of subjects – some academic, some practical and others recreational. From Book Club to Drama, Gardening to History of Art, Photography to Scrabble, Singing to Walking, Bude U3A offers a combination of opportunities to study, create and socialise. This, especially when freed from a work environment, and often living in a new town, contributes greatly to members’ overall health and wellbeing; in a survey more than half said that the social contact was what they enjoyed most.
More information is available on the website; alternatively please contact our membership secretary for further details, or come along to one of our open monthly meetings. You will be most welcome!
Please contact Ann Tizzard, Membership Secretary by calling 01409 253749 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org