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The u3a movement originated in France and extends worldwide. There are over one thousand individual u3as in the UK, all represented and supported by the Third Age Trust, which is an excellent place to see how diverse we all are, just within the UK. They also have a member link.

To read their Advice pages, you must register and log in. To do this, scroll right down to the bottom right of the link page.

Online Events

The u3a have launched a number of online events. These cover a wide range of topics from plate tectonics to snowdrops and from Japanese to maths.

u3a Radio

If you wish to listen to the u3a radio podcasts, then listen here on YouTube.

Virtual u3a

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Virtual U3A

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 at, where one can apply for membership. Why not pay it a visit? And if you know of anyone who might benefit, please pass the information on.

Other Organisations

Within Hemel Hempstead the other main community learning organisation is the Frogmore Paper Mill in Apsley, which is an industrial heritage visitor and education centre, housing the world’s first commercial paper making machine, offering learning, tours and activities to adults, families and school groups. Among many other things, they provide hands-on computer courses.

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