Our U3A was formed in Spring 2008 and since then our membership has grown rapidly and we still anticipate substantial future growth. Already we have over 30 interest groups ranging from Antiques and Collectibles to Writing for Fun. These groups were created in response to interest from members and are led/organised by members. They offer a wonderful opportunity for people in both the local area and wider communities to enrich their lives by learning new skills and developing new interests while having fun. The groups meet throughout the month once, twice or weekly.
In addition to our interest groups we hold a full Monthly Meeting, which most members attend to receive a newsletter, information about activities and enjoy excellent speakers, on a variety of subjects. These meetings are held at Turner Memorial Hall, Church Street, Mansfield Woodhouse, Notts, NG19 8AH, which is across from and administered by the local church. They are on the second Thursday of each month, 9.45am to 12pm. (We used to start at 10am but there is so much going on that we found members didn’t have enough time to just chat!)
As a local U3A we are an independently managed, self-governing association with our own constitution. As a member of the Third Age Trust, which is our national support and advisory body, we adhere to the aims and principles of that organisation: –
To encourage and enable people, who are no longer in full-time, paid employment to help each other in sharing their knowledge, skills, interests and expertise.
To demonstrate the benefits to be gained and the new horizons to be discovered in learning throughout life.
To celebrate the capabilities and potential of our members and their value to society.
To make our U3A accessible to all potential members.
To support and collaborate with other local, regional and national U3As and where possible to work together with international partners on joint programmes and events.