Links to member U3As
& Rushden U3A
Valley Kettering U3A
Gt Oakley U3A
Link to National site
Midlands' News Bites' leaflet prepared by the EM
Regional Education and Development Officer
eg. open days for general public and various
publications for sale
A celebration of 1,000 U3As
To mark reaching the milestone of 1,000 U3As
a special event is being held on the 22nd
at Friends House
(founder of the U3A
movement) and Baroness Frances d'Souza
(Speaker of the House of Lords) will be addressing the
Tickets cost just £5, and are available now via
To book, just click the button below or visit u3a1000.eventbrite.co.uk.
There will be some flyers and posters to encourage you to
book when I receive them but you can already Book
Brackley U3A held an 'Open
Morning' on Thursday 18th August - the Events Page has
a non-member's view of the event
What are U3As?
The University of the Third Age is a self-help
organisation for people no longer in full time
employment. It provides educational, creative and
leisure opportunities in a friendly environment. The
individual U3As are run entirely by volunteers and draw
upon the knowledge, experience and skills of their own
members to organise and provide interest groups. The
teachers learn and the learners teach in such fields as
art, languages, music, history, life sciences, philosophy,
computing, crafts, photography and walking though not all
subjects are found in all U3As.
The U3A approach to learning is learning for
pleasure. There is no accreditation or validation
and there are no assessments or qualifications to be
gained. To learn more about the national and
individual U3As click on the links shown in the column to
the left or click on the video link at the bottom of this
There are now 1000 U3As (as of Summer 2016) with about
384,000 members including U3As in the Isle of Man and
Omagh District so there is bound to be one near you!
The Aims of the Northamptonshire Network
- Enable U3As to work together to help them meet
their objectives (learning recreation and
companionship) - by cooperative activities usually
involving discussion and sharing of experiences.
- Ensure U3As have the opportunities to propose and
vote for their representative on the National
Executive Committee (NEC) of the Third Age
Trust. It provides one means by which to
communicate with the NEC through the Trustee.
- Enable and support the launch of new U3As.
- Organise outings and joint events such as Study
days, exhibitions and competitions.
- Help Interest Group Leaders share their knowledge
and expertise with other U3A groups with the same
- Share information about special events,
excursions, holidays etc
Click on the picture to see a video
of U3A members