Talks Thursdays 10am -12pm
Interest groups - various days
The University of the Third Age (U3A) is a co-operative of older people sharing educational, creative and leisure activities. The motives for joining are a desire to improve and share your knowledge and experience, to keep your mind active, to enjoy leisure pursuits and to socialise with like-minded people. No qualifications are needed and none are given.
There are weekly talks at the Ealing Green Church on a wide range of topics: science, history, politics, literature, music and much more. This is a great way to expand your knowledge on interesting topics but not so much for socialising as there is no tea afterwards. Normally about 120 people attend, although sometimes it gets to 160 there are always enough chairs for everyone.
People that want a natter and meet new people with similar interests can also participate in the various self-managed groups (e.g. books, films, language conversation), leisure activities (rambles and visits to interesting places) and occasional short courses.
There is a lunch club after the talk run by Ealing Green Church that some U3A people attend. The building is easily accessible for wheelchair users.
Visitors to the Thursday morning talks will pay £3.00 per session. The yearly fee for groups and talks is £30.00. Many groups meet in members homes and 30p is usually paid towards any refreshments provided. If the interest group meets in a public room then a small charge, generally £1, is made towards the hire cost, and some visits may incur extra charges.
What people say
Mary said, "I found the U3A by chance. I saw at the library that they were putting on a talk on a topic that interested me. I didn't know who it was run by. When I walked in the U3A, I received such a warm welcom that within seconds I was signed up to three different groups. It is a fantastic place to expand your knowledge but if you want to socialise the talks are not enough, you need to join one of the interest groups depending on what you like: walking, books, films, you name it! And you can even create your own interest group."