2024 Report.

The University of the Third Age (U3A) is a unique and exciting organisation which provides through it’s U3A’s, life enhancing and life changing opportunities. Retired and semi-retired people come together and learn together, not for qualifications but for its own reward: the sheer joy of discovery!

A steady increase in membership and a full programme of courses and events took place in 2023. The numbers of members at the year end was 1,100.

We offer over one hundred courses and activities from September to April. The summer programme from May to August gives tutors and activity leaders an opportunity to run taster sessions in new subjects and ideas.

We meet on the second Wednesday afternoon of most months; the majority including an invited speaker. Course, Membership and Events tables are hosted in the lobby of St. Mary Bredin to answer queries and facilitate easier access to information for some members. Refreshments are provided. All welcome to come along and get a flavour of U3a.

Other events include a Strawberry Tea, Autumn Quiz, Bring and Share Christmas Lunch and Christmas Concert.

Two five day ‘history and heritage’ coach holidays were organised in 2023 in May to Swansea and South Wales and in September to Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Day Coach outings were relaunched in 2023. The first ‘Hidden London’ took place in April and the second in July to Romney Marsh and Rye, the third in September to Sussex.

Robin Terry, Chair.

The U3A movement is supported by its national organisation, the Third Age Trust. For more local and national information explore the website www.u3a.org.ukFile 12-03-2016, 19 49 37