The University of the Third Age (U3A) might not be widely known, but membership is open to anyone who is retired. There are local groups up and down the country, including sessions in both Bromley and Beckenham. Each group is run autonomously and offers a range of activities and events that interest members of the local community.
U3A Bromley now has more than 1,700 members and runs more than 90 individual groups. This includes those relating to the arts, computers, history, sport, languages, and personal development. They hold a general meeting each month on the third Tuesday at Bromley’s United Reformed Church. Membership costs £10 a year, and those who wish to join are invited to a new members’ session. These take place twice a year and allow new members to get to know one another.
The Beckenham U3A is run along similar lines to the Bromley group, with monthly meetings as well as regular interest groups and day trips. They currently have more than 300 members, and the general meetings are held at Beckenham Methodist Church every second Thursday. All new members are introduced at the twice-yearly newcomers’ meetings.
For further information on the U3A movement in general and to discover more details about your local group, you can visit www.u3a.org.uk.
We would love to hear from current members of one of the local U3A groups. What do you enjoy about your group? Has it helped you discover a new interest or skill?