The University of the Third Age (U3A) is a voluntary, self-help organisation located throughout the UK and overseas. It is run for and by people who want to keep active in mind and body when they are no longer working full time. It is about involvement in learning new things, expanding horizons, sharing skills and experiences, making new friends, helping others to learn, accepting new challenges to show that age need be no barrier to learning or to helping others to learn. And to enjoy – if it’s not fun, it’s not U3A! No entry qualifications, no examinations, just the joy of learning in a friendly environment. If we’re going to live longer, let’s make the most of it. There is no upper age limit on curiosity! We believe learning need never stop and should be a pleasure.
This site is regularly updated and announcements will draw your attention to what’s new – they are listed below with the most recent on top.
Chartwell, the home of Sir Winston Churchill, Britain’s great wartime Prime Minister is our goal on Wednesday 19th March. Churchill lived at this house near Westerham in Kent from 1924, Today it is owned by the National Trust and the rooms remain as they were when Churchill lived here, with various mementoes and books reflecting Churchill’s career. Churchill’s studio where much of his painting was carried out is also available to visit, and an exhibition of some of the gifts Churchill received is also open. The garden is set on a hillside and reflects Churchill’s tastes; he created a lake so there is a lot to see.
If you wish to come along please see the Chartwell Booking Form. I’m sorry to give you short notice so contact Melvyn now!
Two new Shared Learning Projects have been announced. See our Shared Learning Projects page for details.
The “U3A in London” (which is the official name of the Hampstead/Belsize Park U3A) hosts an annual Easter conference to which other U3As’members are invited. They are usually very interesting. This year’s topic is “The Roaring Twenties” and is on Tuesday to Thursday 22-24 April. Full details are on the application form
Were you living in the London area at any time between 1935 and 1955? If so, would you like to contribute reminiscences for a book? Peter Cox, a fellow member of NLU3A is embarking on research for a book which draws on the memories of U3A members, with the working title: Growing up in London, 1935-5 . To find out how you can contribute read his full letter.
We have just added a menu item to the EVENTS menu (in the black bar below the picture of Alexandra Palace). It lists forthcoming events organised by the National U3A. Most of these are happening in Central London and are in the next two or three months. So take a look! You’ll have to contact the National Office to find out about availability of tickets.
EXTERNAL – Photo Exhibition - The Photographic Angle
Hamlyn and Hill House, 21 Highgate, N19 5LP, London
Saturday 22nd to Thursday 27th February2014
The 4 Elements is an exhibition that offers the chance to visually explore the multi-faceted nature and power of the 4 elements: earth, air, fire and water, in photographs that capture the imagination from around the world.
Entry is free and the exhibition will be open daily from 10am to 3pm.
Our first outing of 2014 takes us to the grand country house of Wrest Park.
Read more here.
We have added a list of those groups that have reported they have space for a few extra members. To see the list, choose the GROUPS menu in the black bar below the photo of Alexandra Palace, and click on GROUPS WITH SPACES. Please check here from time to time, and get in touch with the contact for that group if you’d like to join a group!
(Group Coordinators please help us keep this list up to date by telling the Groups Organisers when you want to be added or removed from the list.)
EXTERNAL – London Pro Arte Choir: “Merrily on high”
A celebration of carols for choir and audience
In aid of: HOMELESS ACTION in BARNET
Saturday 7 December 2013 at 5pm see Flyer
Tickets: £10 adults, under 18 years free entry
from Kilworth Radio, 91 The Broadway, Mill Hill, London NW7 3TG
Go to Ticket Sales or Phone: 020 8420 7238