This page is maintained by Tom Holloway
Brighton & Hove
Costa del Sol
Isle of Skye
Jean Bishop, Chair of Worthing U3A.
U3A Membership: We currently have in excess of 450 members and have been established now for 20 years. We have a monthly meeting usually with a speaker or with a specific theme. We have regular annual events such as our Strawberry Garden Party in June which this year doubled as a Diamond Jubilee Party. Our entertainment group puts on ad hoc usually once a year shows. We have Quizzes and Social activities such as our Outings and Lunch Club. At Christmas we have a party and last year this included entertainment from an excellent local close up magician.
Website: Our website can be found at www.U3a-worthing.org.uk and full details of our groups and on going activities are regularly posted on that site.
My name is Ingibjorg Rannveig Gudlaugsdottir and I am the chairman of the first U3A of Iceland, founded on March 16th 2012. Our website is www.u3a.is
1. Name and location of my U3A. The name is U3A Reykjavik and it is located in Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. Reykjavik has around 119.000 inhabitants and the population of Iceland is around 320.000.
2. How many members? The members are now 29. Anyone who becomes a member before the first Annual General Meeting in March 2013 will be considered as a founding member.
3. Range of Activities. Groups on literature, creative writing, cinema, gymnastics/taichi laughterjoga, and elocution.
4. What I like best about my U3A. My U3A has just started and I like the spirit of creating something new and awarding with a team of good people. Our aim is to add to the possibilities of lifelong learning for the third age in Reykjavik and hopefully later to other regions of Iceland.
5. My personal message. With the founding of U3A Reykjavik my dream came true. I learned about u3a many years ago on the internet and liked what I learned which resulted in that I attended Worldu3a Conference in Chitrakoot, India, 2010. Getting to know the other participants confirmed that founding u3a in Reykjavik was something I should try to do.
Robinson of Lymington U3A sent us the following:
Name/Location: Lymington is on the South Coast of England with 15,000 inhabitants. It has a popular yachting harbour and is on the edge of the New Forest.
Members: The U3A has 420 members drawn from the surrounding area. We have a General Meeting once a month when we invite a speaker. Also we have a Coffee Morning Plus where members are invited to tell us about their exploits and experiences in life once a month.
Groups/Activities: There are 40 groups meeting in each others houses and local halls -ranging from Languages - to exercise - hobbies/games etc. We organised a Study Day in March 2012 entitled 'Coastal Heritage - the Solent through the Ages' which covered Bouldnor - a submerged Mesolithic site in the Solent, the Mary Rose, and included a DVD about The New Forest Coastal Heritage Project. The Maritime Bus of the Hampshire and Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology was on site too. You can find us on www.lymingtonu3a.org.uk
Fisher of Doncaster U3A in Yorkshire sent us this:
1. Name and location: Doncaster, South Yorkshire, UK is a market town 20 miles from Sheffield, with a population of 70,000. Its main industries were coal mining and railway engineering. Sadly, both of these are long gone - some of the spoil tips are now grassed over, and planted with trees by the Forestry Commission. There is still a major railway station on the east coast route from London to Edinburgh. The market is held on three days each week: and it was very well known, with people coming from all over the North of England, but this has lost many fresh fruit and vegetable stalls, due to several supermarkets in the area.
2. How many members: We have over 300 members, with a committee of 11. Meetings will be at the Danum Hotel (pictured) from February 2011.
3. Range of Activities: There are 26 groups meeting at 13 different venues. Art and Calligraphy, Book Review, Canasta & Scrabble, Coffee Quiz (Do a quiz whilst having a coffee), Collectabilia (where members talk about the collections they have), Computers, Discussion, Easy French, French 1 & French 2 (for people who know French and want to practice it), Friendly Bridge, Genealogy (Family History), Jazz Appreciation, Literature, Local History, Looking at Art, Mah Jong, Move to Music, Music Appreciation, Philosophy 1 & 2 (Philosophy 2 is more advanced), Round & About (a group which runs mini-weekend holidays), Social Strollers (meet at a country pub, take a short walk-2miles at the most, return to the pub for lunch), Sunday Lunch ( a monthly meet up at one our local hotels for a Sunday Lunch), Travel & Theatre, Writers.
Three of these groups meet at members homes, but the rest meet at different venues in Central Doncaster. The two largest Groups are Travel & Theatre, with about 100 members going to it and Local History, which has over 30 members.
4. What I like best about my U3A: I like meeting and working with others of my generation, passing on my knowledge through running the Computer Group, and learning about Family History in the Genealogy Group. I believe we have a wide range of subjects covered by our groups, but I know the Committee are always willing to encourage new ones. The problem, often, is finding someone to be a Group Leader.
5. My personal message: Use it or lose it!
everyone, my name is Mel Bevan and I am the Communications contact for Heswall
1. Heswall is situated in the North-West of England on the Wirral Peninsula which lies between the Rivers Dee & Mersey. There is easy access to North Wales and The Lake District. The cities of Chester & Liverpool are a short distance away by car, bus or train. Liverpool and Manchester airports are also easily reached. Heswall has a good variety of shops and restaurants to serve its 9000 or so residents.
2. Our U3A had it's first open meeting in September 2009. We now have almost 350 members paying a membership fee of £12 p.a. plus £1 per visit. There are 7 other U3A's within a 10 mile radius.
3. We have 20+ interest groups ranging from Antiques to Table Tennis.
4. What I like: I like the fact that I was there when the seed of our U3A was sown and I have been able to watch it grow and blossom over the past year.
5. Personal message: Don't just put the U3A into your life, make sure that you put some of your life into your U3A. The U3A relies on people giving their time and sharing their knowledge. Remember, volunteers are priceless, not worthless.
Funnell, International representative for the UK Third Age Trust.
Richards - London North - UK
Once a month there is a general meeting, usually with an outside speaker who is unpaid. It might be an idea to give a more detailed description of the two groups I attend: (found in a separate file here).
pleasure is hearing people say 'I never thought I would 'teach', isn't
it wonderful?' The belief that every member can be the occasion of a new
interest group is the mark of U3A. Everyone's experiential learning is
excitingly valid and our curriculum is infinite.
Greetings from Central Siberia. Here is Elene Bukreeva, I am coordinator of Zelenogorsk U3A.
1.Name and location: Open People's University, 140km.from Krasnoyarsk.
2.How many members? - approx 150
3. Range of Activities : astronomy, sports, Arts culture, roles and images, drawing, bases of crafts, knitting and scrap's mosaik, healthy way of life which includes healthy food, the art of cooking, psychology of elderly person, International Education projects, computers, english, law and the basis of law, plant- growing.
4. What I like best about my university- our members have the opportunity to show themselves and their works to other people in different cities.
5. My personal message- Our U3a is a great company, who wait your messages. top
name is Marie-Paule Hewitt-Banville.
I belong to UTA Sherbrooke, Qé. Canada. Our UTA is French speaking and the campus is strech on 26 campuses in Québec. We have around 8,000 members from city and rural area.
We have three types of activities: classes, workshops, arts and gymnastic. Each campus has an association that is the master of its program.
I belong to UTA since 1990 and have been involved in the programming, the association and all kind of committees to help the UTA run.
I follow many classes; from History, to theology, we also develop seminars on the new generation of seniors, we prepare facts sheets to help people to reflect on the advance of age.
We also develop a "Think tank" to help us in our own volunteer works outside UTA. As you can see UTA is a very important part in my life. It is a big help in getting together all the knowledge gathered during a life time.
am Christopher Macartney-Filgate. President of U3A Northern Rivers (Lismore)
2. How many members? 600
of Activities 32 classes a week: Latin, Computer studies, Science,
Science Discussions, Italian (beginners, intermediary, conversational,)
French, Geology, Fabric Art, Great Painters, Understanding
I like best about my U3A. It is more academic than most, but a
Aina Crawford, Secretary, writes.....
1. Hume U3A - the City of Hume covers a large area in the north of Melbourne, Australia
2. Approximately 250 and growing
3. We have around 30 courses - Exercise groups, Computers, Wood Turning, Art, Games (Scrabble, Mah Jong, Bridge) Craft, Languages etc.
4. Hume U3A members are a very friendly lot and the Committee are forward thinking - looking to the future of U3A, accepting members a little younger than 55 to attract baby boomers etc.
1.Name and location of my U3A: Evesham is a market town situated in the South Midlands near Stratford on Avon and close to the Cotswolds, an area known for its pretty villages and splendid countryside. The Vale of Evesham is famous for its produce: plums, apples and many vegetables.
2. How many members? Evesham and District U3A is not yet 4 years old but has already nearly 400 members.
3. Range of activities. Each month there is a general meeting, with a speaker, held in the Public Hall in the centre of the town - the attendance is normally about 100+ and tea and coffee are served at the end of the session. In addition, over 40 different interest groups meet weekly, fortnightly or monthly in various locations including members' homes. Almost all of these groups is led by a U3A member who may or may not be an expert in the particular subject or activity but who organises the group on behalf of its members. Among the groups are Aspects of Modern History; Bookworms; Bridge for Fun; Country Dancing; Family History; German Conversation; History; Listening to Music; Maths for Fun; Painting Together; Scrabble; Villages Strolls and other Walking Groups. During the year there are also regular outings to London and to other places of interest.
4. What I like about my U3A. U3A provides a practical and social way of making sure that we use our brains and don't lose them as we grow older and stop being involved in busy working lives. For older people new in an area it also provides an excellent way into a new community and an opportunity to make new friends.
David Stove - I chair Pegasus U3A which serves the eastern, coastal suburbs of the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. The club is only about three years old and has about 200 members.
We hold monthly meetings with an invited speakers and also run seminars lasting about four days spread over a month twice a year on topics as varied as Genetic Engineering/Modification, The History of Jazz or Energy resources. The Monthly meetings are held in a Community Centre Hall while the seminars are held in the conference facilities of a local hotel. In addition we have several sub groups which meet independantly as special interest groups with areas such as music, art, geology, mah jong, film History/geography, Antiques & Collectables and Cooking for men.
My name is Peter Sinclair of Harrow U3A.
Harrow is a suburb located in the N-W of London (GB)
2. We have at present almost 1400 members
3. Our activities are very numerous, about 80 active study/activity groups including various sub-groups under Arts & Crafts, History & Current Affairs, Languages, Music, Sociology & Sciences as well as Social , Recreational and Travel. Additionally we invite outside speakers once a month, at General Meetings, who give talks on a large range of topical subjects, .
4. Harrow U3A offers all retired members of the local community an opportunity to meet like minded men and women to share common interests and to acquire from each other the expertise and knowledge gained during the many years of being a bread winner. There is no distinction between those who 'teach' and those who 'learn'
5. I started a U3A project in 1996 to 'collect' and publicize LINKS to as many U3A websites as possible from all over the world. These links to websites include those of any local organization with 'Learning' aims and objectives comparable to those of U3A, provided there is no commercial aspect involved. I now have several hundred links to such websites in 26 countries. Please CLICK here for full details.
Asociacion International COSTA DEL SOL - FUENGIROLA 30 km. from Malaga (
Andalucia -Spain) My name is Carmella Dight. I am
the founder and President of this branch since 1998.
2. There are 280 members from 27 different nationalities . The common language is English. Annual fee 24 Euro p.a.
3. We offer
30 + courses, ranging from Art, Music, Drama, History, Politics, Mind,
Body, Sprit, Games/Leisure, Languages, Geology, Philosophy, Current Affairs;
We have 6 "Monthly Lectures" mainly by outside speakers on general
topics. Most of the lectures are illustrated with slides. Because of our
transient population many course are of 8 - 12 weeks duration . Some are
even shorter. We offer 3 to 4 trips a year in Spain. One trip is normally
of 2 to 3 nights away. We feel that because many of our members are alone
(widows/ers, divorcees, never been married etc.) travelling with like
minded people enables them to see some places of interest and share the
experience. Last year we ventured out of Spain - 2 groups travelled to
Russia: 10 people who studied Russian literature travelled to Moscow,
Tula Pskov and St. Petersburg on a literary tour (in search of the Russian
soul) the other group consisting of 40 people visited Moscow and then
sailed up the river Volga to St. Petersburg.
4. Sharing interests, intellectual stimulation and meeting people from diverse nationalities.
Name and location:John Pullin of Ilkley & District U3A, West Yorkshire.
1. Annual fee £9.00 and £9.00 per subject.
2. How many members? - approx 400
3. Range of Activities- 40+ different courses including - Bird watching, bridge courses, cosmology, scrabble, travel groups, environmental studies, circle dancing, debating/discussion groups, gardening, history, Languages - French & Spanish. studying literature, lunch groups, music - classic & jazz, theatre and opera, painting, philosophy, poetry and reading groups, religious issues, singing, understanding science, table tennis, tai chi, walking (to the pub), writing life stories.
4. What I like best about my U3A - the breadth of activities and the intellectual stimulation.
Our names are Jean and Ron Westrup from U3A Brunswick Valley Inc. which is in New South Wales, Australia. It is approx. 15k from Cape Byron the most easterly point in Australia. The principal towns in our area are Byron Bay, Brunswick Heads, Ocean Shores and Mullumbimby. We are approximately an hours drive away from three other U3A clubs one each to our north, west and south.
2.. We have approximately 120 members
3.. Despite our small membership we have managed to cover a wide range of interests - languages (French, German and Japanese), social history, Australian history, philosophy, comparative religion, yoga, tai-chi, drawing and painting, clay modelling, china painting, music appreciation, keyboard, book discussion, play reading, film appreciation, genealogy, needlework and beadcraft, wine and cheese appreciation, a monthly restaurant assessment (luncheon), mah jong, solo, scrabble, writing for posterity, laughter for health, tennis, croquet and boules. But by far and away the most popular activity that we have, and which has been run ever since our club was formed is our "Speaker's Forum" which is presented three times a month and has been on the go ever since our club was formed in 1999. This attracts approximately two thirds of our membership each meeting, whereas other classes may only contain six members and perhaps only last a short time.
4.. We like the opportunity to meet people from a wide variety of backgrounds and interests.
5.. We'd like to think that more people in Australia could be encouraged to take a wider interest in worldwide cooperation It is a big country a long way from Europe and North/South America making personal visits expensive and time consuming both within Australia and internationally. We think the internet offers real opportunity to establish worldwide U3A cooperation and develop understanding and worthwhile activities among our U3As. We congratulate Jean and her group on this initiative.
Bonjour! Je suis MAITE Robert de UIA Versailles.
inter-ages est nee en 1978 a Versailles.
2500 etudiants; c'est donc une grande famille ou de nombreux liens sociaux
se creent. Nous n'avons pas de site mais vous pouvez trouver le programme
de nos activites en allant sur
Our 'Inter-Age University' began in 1978 in Versailles. It was created thanks to a strong policy decision and preceded the creation of the Higher Education Department of the University of Versailles. We are a locally run service and have signed an agreement with the Paris VI University of the Sorbonne.
We have 2,500 students, so it's a big family where many social links are developed. We haven't got a web site but you can find the programme of our activities by going to our local web site: Mairie de Versailles/Culture/Institutions culturelles/UIA-programme.
Hello to everyone - I am Maria Angeles Tortosa from Valencia in Spain. Here are your answers:
1) Where? Programa intergeneracional "La Nau Gran" para mayores de 55 anos de la Universidad de Valencia, en Valencia city.
2) When it started? in 1999 and How many members in 2005? 850
3) Activities: the Nau Gran Program has 7 different curricular itineraries: Psychology, Social Sciences, Humanities, Art History, Geography and History, Health and Sciences. In each itinerati students take introductory courses and also elective and general courses that share with young students. Students have to earn between 900-1200 hours (3-4 years). There are also other complementary courses during February and June of specific subjects (cinema, astronomy, memory, arts, etc.) for Nau Gran students or other people who are not registrered to the itineraries, Health and Social Sciences cicle of conferences (entrance free) and excursions. There is more information of the Nau Gran Program at www.uv.es/%7Eviceext/indexc.html and you can find some pictures of our group here.
Ian Sinclair, Blossomfield (Solihull) U3A.
numbers Blossomfield was founded nearly 10 years ago & now has
a membership of 115, which is determined by the capacity of our meeting
3. Activities. Blossomfield has a monthly core meeting, on the first Monday afternoon of the month. This is usually attended by between 80- 90% of the membership. It is made clear that members are expected to attend regularly, that such membership is a privilege, and members should try to attend unless they have a "good excuse".
we have a wide range of societies which are open to the general public,
and so our U3A only seeks to provide activites where the needs are not
met in the wider community.