Welcome to Farnham U3A! Learn about U3A, the Third Age Trust and Farnham U3A here.
The University of the Third Age (U3A) is a worldwide movement encouraging people in the “third age” of life (over 50, retired or partially-retired) to pursue educational, cultural, and recreational interests.
383,795 members in 999 U3As throughout the UK
Local U3As are self-help, self-managed co-operatives for middle aged or older people no longer in full time work, providing opportunities for their members to share learning experiences in a wide range of interest groups and to pursue learning not for qualifications, but for fun. Farnham U3A is just one of 180 U3As in the South East Region.
The Third Age Trust
Farnham U3A is a member of the Third Age Trust which is the UK umbrella organisation. It supports local U3As in developing their activities. The ethos of the organisation is one of self-help using the wealth of experience and knowledge of its members for the benefit of all.
Established in 1991, Farnham U3A currently has more than 1,000 members, drawn from a wide social and academic range. It is open to all – a true University – since anyone may join whatever their qualifications, the only stipulation being is that members should be over 50 and retired or partially-retired. There is no upper age limit. Some of our members are over 90!
Classes for 70 Subjects
Farnham u3A has 10 faculties which includes 70 subjects in 101 different groups with a total of about 2000 classes. Some subjects are academic; literature, languages, history, and science. Other subjects have a practical content; Painting, Photography, Computing whilst others are purely recreational; Tai Chi, Yoga, Rambling, and Bridge.
The groups only meet during the day, mostly at Farnham Maltings – our local Arts & Community centre. Farnham U3As academic year extends over three terms, from mid-September to late June.
Join as many groups as you want
Members pay an annual subscription (currently £35) and for this they may join as many groups as they wish, subject to there being space available. In some groups, indicated in the programme, an extra fee is payable because they are led by professional tutors, or involve the use of materials bought by the group leaders, and in many groups, where printed or copied material is provided, a contribution to copying costs is expected.
The vast majority of our tutors and group leaders are ordinary members who do the job as part of their own contribution to the U3A. For its essence is that it is run by its members, the groups are responsible for themselves and the task of the Committee is to provide the framework within which the many activities can take place.
Annual Theme – Latin America
We have about eight general meetings a year, open to all members, and a series of themed meetings…this academic year the subject is Latin America.
Theatre and Concert Trips
We run two extra-mural Clubs, for Theatre and Concerts, arranging coach transport to London and other venues, to attend major theatre productions and concerts. In addition, a number of our groups organise trips as an integral part of their courses, which include Art History, World Religions, Archaeology and Horticulture.
Members are kept up to date with our activities by information posted on our notice board at the Farnham Maltings, and our regular emailed “mailchimp” newsletters.
The social side of our U3A is very important to our age group, and all of our groups and extra-mural activities provide good opportunities for members to socialise and to form friendships.
Overall, we believe that Farnham U3A offers a wealth of opportunities to us Third Agers to keep our minds and bodies active, to expand our knowledge and capabilities to the full, to make new friendships, and above all to enjoy life.
Become a member of Farnham U3A – New Members Form.
More About Farnham U3A
Name: UNIVERSITY OF THE THIRD AGE, FARNHAM
Registered Charity Number: 1019078