U3A stands for ‘University of the Third Age’ – a university that doesn’t hand out qualifications, but brings like-minded people together to share knowledge, experience and pleasure. It’s a worldwide organisation, started in France (though the principles are quite different). In the UK (at the last count) there are 985 local groups with about 363,750 members, and rising – because we meet the need for older people to get together to learn and have fun.
Anyone who is no longer in full-time employment is welcome to join us. This means that most of us are over 50, but there is no minimum age. You can always try a monthly meeting (see ad to the right), or a special interest group meeting, free before deciding.
Membership costs £15 a year. The year runs from May 1st and the fee is reduced if you join after November. Trips of course cost extra. For this you can attend all our monthly meetings and join as many of the 35 special interest groups as you like. You’ll also receive the national magazine ‘Third Age Matters’, which is packed with U3A news from around the country, and details of online and residential courses.
Monthly meetings always feature a guest speaker, generally with an audience of 100 people or more. We enjoy a wide range of topics: past talks have included ‘Music and the Deaf’, ‘The Road to Santiago de Compostela’, ‘Treading the Boards’, and ‘Amnesty International’. See the News Page (which also includes an archive) for more examples.
Each month there’s always a chance to socialise, with refreshments served before the start of the meeting, and to keep in touch with the latest local U3A news and new groups. (If you miss anything there are regular reports in the local press and on the website).
All proceedings are amplified, and the hall is fitted with a hearing loop. A lift is available for access to the hall, which is on the first floor of the Central Methodists in Todmorden.
Of particular interest are our Let’s Go – popular monthly day trips. Other groups also make occasional trips, e.g. Art Appreciation visits exhibitions, and the Science group has visited Jodrell Bank and the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva.
For further information see our About us page, or phone 01422 844713 or 01706 839176.