University of the Third Age (U3A)

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U3A stands for the University of the Third Age, which is a self-help organisation for people no longer in full time employment providing educational, creative and leisure opportunities in a friendly environment. It consists of local U3As all over the UK, which are charities in their own right and are run entirely by volunteers. Local U3As are learning cooperatives which draw upon the knowledge, experience and skills of their own members to organise and provide interest groups in accordance with the wishes of the membership. The teachers learn and the learners teach. Between them U3As offer the chance to study over 300 different subjects in such fields as art, languages, music, history, life sciences, philosophy, computing, crafts, photography and walking. A typical U3A has about 250 members but could be as small as 12 and as large as 2000. Online courses, tutored and untutored, are offered. The U3A approach to learning is – learning for pleasure. There is no accreditation or validation and there are no assessments or qualifications to be gained.

All U3As are independent but registered with the Third Age Trust.

Shropshire U3As:

Bridgnorth & District: 01746 762923

Ludlow: 01584 878418 , website:

Market Drayton: 01630 653514 ,

Oswestry: website: , email: , meets 10.00 – 12.00 every Tuesday at the Memorial Hall, Smithfield Street.

Shrewsbury: 01743 352625 , meets on the third Monday of the month at the Gateway Arts Centre, Chester Street, 10.00 am – 12 noon.

Whitchurch and District: 01948 880481 , email:, web:   Weekly Information Exchange meetings at the Archibald Worthington Club, Castle Hill, Whitchurch, from 10.30 am. Monthly speaker, quiz and group presentation on the 2nd, 1st and 4th Mondays respectively.

Telford & Wrekin: 01952 251985 , website:

Virtual U3A for those with difficulty in leaving the home:

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