Welcome to Blackbourne U3A:
University of the Third Age

A University of the Third Age provides opportunities during the day time for education and recreation for mature people no longer in full time employment.

Why University?

The original meaning of the word is a “coming together”, and that is precisely what we do. We come together in groups to learn, to follow our hobbies and interests for general companionship. Qualifications play no part in U3A life.

Why Third Age?

The Third Age is the age of retirement (or semi‐retirement). The First Age is the time of education and training for the Second Age – working life and bringing up children. In the Third Age, by keeping our minds and bodies alert, we can enrich our lives and slow the ageing process. There are now 1039 U3As in the UK with over 425,000 members.

Blackbourne U3A, like all other U3A groups, is a self-help organisation with no upper or lower age limits. The annual subscription is £10 which entitles members to attend the monthly lectures and to receive the newsletter. Members can enroll in interest groups as well as participate in educational and other visits, for which charges to meet the cost will be made.

Interest Groups meet weekly, fortnightly or monthly, often in members' homes. The subjects available are listed on the Interest Groups page but additional groups may be formed during the year in response to demand, if leaders offer their services. Leading a study group can be very rewarding – U3A group leaders will testify to the enjoyment and satisfaction which comes from sharing their skills and knowledge with others.

Information Updated details of U3A activities are available at monthly lecture meetings and are also in the Newsletter issued to all members several times during the year.

U3A Online

The Virtual U3A (vU3a), which went live in January 2009, is an online-only U3A, affiliated to the Third Age Trust. One of its principal aims is to provide the U3A experience for those who are rendered isolated in some way by circumstances or geography and unable to play a full part in a terrestrial U3A. More information is available on the public website www.vu3a.org where one can also apply for membership. Why not pay it a visit? And if you know of anyone who might benefit, please pass the information on.