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North Cotswold U3A

Welcome to the North Cotswold U3A

The Third Age Trust was developed from an organisation in France. A public meeting was held in Cambridge in 1981 from which a similar organisation capable of organising their own activities and providing the skill and expertise needed was developed. The first age is learning at school., the second is learning at work and the third age is when that is over and you can learn what ever you like.

Who are we?

We are local people like you living in the North Cotswolds. Begun in 1996 we now have over 30 interest groups and 300 members drawn from towns as far apart as Shipston on Stour, Blockley, Moreton in Marsh, Chipping Campden, Broadway, Evesham, Stow on the Wold and Winchcombe and the many villages within this area including Weston-sub-Edge. We are also members of the Cotswold Link network of local U3A’s

Our Aims

To provide a framework so that lives can be enriched as we extend old skills, find new interests and make new friends while sharing the knowledge, skill and expertise of our members. All are most welcome and no academic qualifications are needed.

How our U3A works

We hold regular monthly open meetings at Willersey Village Hall together with over 30 smaller interest groups who hold their own meetings at various village halls within the area and at members homes.

Meetings are held during the day. We publish a regular Newletter containing the latest news, updates and group information and forthcoming events together with all contact details.

When you have been with us for a while and if you have expertise in any subject and would be willing to share it please let us know. You may wish to help with running a group or becoming part of the (Committee) where help is always welcome.

Would you like to join us?

If so please contact our Membership Secretary via our contact page. The annual membership fee payable from the 1st September is £12 per individual or £22 for two people living at the same address no matter how many groups you belong to. The amount when joining halfway through our year between 1st March to 31st August in any year is £8 and £14 respectively. Each group also has a fee which varies dependent on the particular venue each time you attend a Group session.

There are three  groups that meet in the WsE Village Hall

You do have to be a member of U.3.A. to join any of these groups, but the committee is always pleased to welcome new members.  The membership secretary is John Bissett 01386 859319
 

The History Group meets from 10am to 12.00 noon on Tuesdays the 1st week of the month. Our programme for 2014 includes the following talks.    

7th February – Brunel a Victorian Genius by Ray Sturdy

7th March – Gloucestershire’s John Bellamy, The Oldest Showman in England 1808 – 1893 by Steven Blake

4th April – John Martin’s Charity by Phil Daniel

2nd May – My Second Best Petticoat by Sylvia Pinches

6th June – The Evolution of Broadway by Elizabeth Eyre

4th July – King Edgar a Saxon Great by Dr David Pegg

If you are interested in joining please ring Dr. Davis Pegg  01386 858232. More details here.

Engineering   4th Friday from 2.00 to 4.00 pm During the Spring and Summer the meeting is replaced by outings to places of interest. when we meet at the Willersey Village Hall car park at 9.30 am. We operate a car sharing scheme. Contact Keith Horden on 01386 852145   

27/01/17 – Flying for Fun by Eric Burke

24/02/17 – The birth of the Railway by Colin Sagar

24/03/17 – Bugatti Trust Visit to Prescott

28/04/17 – Cameron Balloons Visit to Bristol with Bob Craik

26/05/17 – Croome Park during WWII Visit visit to Croome Park

22/06/17 – Shuttleworth Collection Visit to Biggleswade

More details here.

The New Age Curling Group meet from 10.00am to 12.00 noon on the 4th Monday of the month. This is a sport that is played with ‘stones’ which have to be sent from one end of the court to a target at the other end.  Scoring is determined by the number of stones closest to the centre of this target.   It is usually played in teams of four, two teams to each set of stones. If you are interested in joining this group please contact Daphne Bell on 01386 840182.  More details here.

There are many  other groups covering a large range on interests held at various locations around the North Cotswolds.

For complete information see North Cotswold U3A website here