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Welcome to Congleton & District U3A
Welcome to the Congleton U3A website. We hope you will enjoy browsing through what we have to offer. Our U3A is one of the larger ones in the country with well over a thousand members providing more than 100 active groups for your enjoyment.
What Is U3A ? The full title of the organisation is "University of the Third Age" although it is not linked to universities nor is it academically based. U3A groups around the United Kingdom are members of the Third Age Trust. The object of the U3A is to advance education and, in particular, the education of people not in full-time gainful employment who are in their 'third age', and to enable the sharing of educational, recreational and creative activities and companionship. Each U3A has its own constitution, and runs its affairs in accordance with the wishes of the local membership.
How Is U3A Run ? Congleton U3A is a self-help organisation run by the members and co-ordinated by members who have volunteered to be Group Leaders. Group Leaders pass on their knowledge, skills and enthusiasm and provide opportunities for members to contribute and learn from one another. The Committee manage the affairs of the organisation and are elected by the members at the Annual General Meeting. Congleton & District U3A was formed in 1998 and membership now stands at approximately 1,400.
Who Can Join ? Congleton U3A is a non-discriminatory organisation, principally for people in their 'third age' not in full time work and there is no age limit. Activities are aimed at mature people who wish to share in educational, recreational and creative activities and companionship. No qualifications are required or are given.
Where Do U3A Members Meet ? There are a variety of locations in Congleton including the St John Ambulance HQ on West Road, Congleton Leisure Centre, The New Life Church and the Worrall Street Scout Headquarters.
How Much Does It Cost ? From now until the end of the 2018 academic year, the membership fee is £20. For those already a member of another U3A organisation for 2017-18, the fee to join Congleton U3A is £16.50. Additional fees may apply to Groups using facilities at certain locations. The U3A year starts in September and runs through to May/June each year. A number of Groups continue to meet over the summer months.
By joining Congleton U3A, you will receive a very warm welcome and be certain to make many friends. So, why not follow one of the steps below to see what we have to offer? We look forward to meeting you.
• On-line by clicking on "Not a Member?-Join U3A" at the top of the U3A MENU on the left
• If you do not have an e-mail address, you can download, print, and send us an application form
• Should you experience problems you can seek assistance at the U3A Information Desk in the St John Ambulance HQ, West Road on the first Monday of each month during term-time (October to May/June), between the hours of 10.00 am and 12.00 noon. A U3A member will be on duty to answer your enquiries.
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Page last updated : 15 October 2017