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Who we are
We started in 1998 and have flourished into an enthusiastic branch with approximately 450 members. We hold a monthly meeting with a guest speaker, and various social activites throughout the year.
U3A stands for "University of the Third Age",
- 'University' being used in its broadest sense of 'education'.
- The 'Third Age' is the period in life which follows the second age of full-time employment and/or parental responsibility.
The U3A Movement is non-religious and non-political and has three main principles:
The Third Age Principle
- Membership of a U3A is open to all in their third age, which is defined not by a particular age but by a period of life in which full-time employment has ceased.
- Members promote the values of lifelong learning and the positive attributes of belonging to a U3A.
- Members should do all they can to ensure that people wanting to join a U3A can do so.
The Self-help Learning Principle
- Members form interest groups covering as wide a range of topics and activities as they desire; by the members, for the members.
- No qualifications are sought or offered. Learning is for its own sake, with enjoyment being the prime motive, not qualifications or awards.
- There is no distinction between the learners and the teachers, they are all U3A members.
The Mutual Aid Principle
- Each U3A is a mutual aid organisation, operationally independent but a member of The Third Age Trust, which requires adherence to the guiding principles of the U3A movement.
- No payments are made to members for services rendered to any U3A.
- Each U3A is self-funded with membership subscriptions and costs kept as low as possible.
- Outside financial assistance should only be sought if it does not imperil the integrity of the U3A movement.
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.
An activity 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 members' houses in turn). Groups with larger memberships and special requirements will hire a room.
All activity 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.
|Vice Chairperson||Malcolm Case|
|Membership Secretary||Malcolm Case|
|Newsletter Editor||Liz Samson|
|Social Group Chairman||Michael Childs|
|AV Equipment Management||Mike Flack|
|Essex Assoc of U3As||Malcolm Case|