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Maldon U3A

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As part of the Third Age Trust, Maldon & District U3A follows the three guiding principles of the U3A in the UK.

They are:-

  1. The third age principle - The U3A is open to anyone in their third age.
  2. The self-help learning principle - All members are equal with no distinction between teacher and student and with an emphasis on the sheer enjoyment of learning.
  3. The mutual aid principle - Each local U3A group is autonomous within the national body - the Third Age Trust.

Details of our current groups are given in the monthly newsletter, together with the contact details of the Co-ordinator of each group.   Most groups regularly send the editor a short summary of what they have been doing during the past month. The newsletter also includes information on the club generally and on future events. On the back page is a calendar showing the events in the following month.

Members do not have to join any of the activity groups, but these groups are fundamental to the U3A way of shared learning and socialising. Activity groups are an excellent way to make new friends and to share experiences with like-minded people.

A group can be formed on any topic, but someone must be prepared to act as the group leader. Once sufficient members want to join a group, they decide where and when they want to meet. Most Maldon & District U3A groups meet on a regular day and time each month. Some groups may choose to meet in the open air, such as a walking group or a bird watching group.   Other groups with a small membership may choose to meet in a member's home, (often the group will meet in several membersí houses in turn). Groups with larger memberships and special requirements will hire a room.

All groups are self-financing but if their turnover is at a level that they need to pay room hire fees etc. by cheque, they are advised to open a group account with the Treasurer to ensure that the payments are undertaken within the authority of the U3A.

Who can join the U3A?

Membership of the U3A is open to anyone in their 'Third Age'.

The Third Age is the period in life which follows the second age of full-time employment and parental responsibility.

Anyone in their third age can join the U3A and this includes people who are working part-time. There is no lower or upper age limit.

What does it cost?

The Annual Subscription is currently £20 per membership year, which runs from 1st May to 30th April. New members can join at any time of the year. Payment of the membership fee entitles you to the following:-

  • A monthly newsletter with details of activity group meetings, which will be emailed to you or posted if you do not have access to email.
  • Attendance at the monthly meetings, which normally have a guest speaker.
  • Membership of activity groups (though additional charges may be payable to cover room hire, etc, where applicable)
  • Member services of the Third Age Trust (the national organisation for U3As in the UK).

How do I join?

If you would like to find out more, you are welcome to attend a monthly meeting (held in the Wickhams Bishop Village Hall at 1:45 pm on the 3rd Monday each month) as a guest. There is no need to book, just turn up, sign in and ask to speak to one of the committee.

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Last revised: 23rd April 2015.