U3A! What’s that then?
It stands for ‘University of the Third Age’. The U3A started in France, where they use familiar words a little differently. A University is open to everyone, as are we. They tend to like exams, but we don’t, and if we did we’d start with the answers. Except for the Quiz group of course!
It is much more of a club than a uni. When you say it out loud, the first two syllables sound like ‘Youth’. So, think of it as the Youth Club of the Third Age!
We are an organisation where retired or semi-retired people from all walks of life, and all ages – generally from their mid 50’s upwards – meet like-minded men and women to expand their knowledge, share interests and acquire new skills.
People of our age group have gained a lifetime of experience, expertise and know-how from our occupation, profession or hobbies. We are actively encouraged and helped to form study groups to share our knowledge with fellow members.
A shared interest in learning leads to new friendships based on an expanded social experience.
Members fully involve themselves by organising their own activities in a wide variety of subjects.
Many study groups meet in the Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted and Tring areas in members’ own homes or local halls, which adds an important social dimension.
Dacorum U3A was started on 16th April 1990. At the following meeting on 23rd April 1990 the first groups were formed: English Literature and Music. The first AGM was in 1991. We now have about 1550 members who for a modest subscription can take part in as many study groups as they wish.
Members receive a quarterly Digest (Jan-Mar, Apr-Jun, Jul-Sep and Oct-Dec) which is posted to arrive in the previous month. There is also a program of regular monthly meetings with a Speaker that are held in Hemel Hempstead, Boxmoor Playhouse and Berkhamsted Town Hall.
U3A Dacorum is registered Charity No 1012612 and is financially independent, relying on members’ subscriptions for our income. Members pay £12.00 a year or £22.00 a year for a couple at the same address.
A meeting fee is paid at every meeting:
- Monthly Speaker Meetings £1;
- Study groups in a members home 50p;
- Study, activity or lecture group in a Hall for most groups is £1.50 (a few are £2.00 or more).
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