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Welcome to Bingham U3A

Please have a look through the pages of this website to find out about what the U3A and Bingham U3A in particular are all about. Have a look at the sort of exciting things we get up to in the Interest Groups and the photos in the Gallery.  For the latest information, go to the page What's new - restarting Bingham U3A or try out our new website.

Bingham U3A was founded in October 2000 and comprises more than forty different interest groups which meet on a regular basis.  It holds monthly meetings in the New Methodist Centre at 2pm on the third Wednesday of the month when there is usually a speaker or some form of entertainment after which tea and coffee are served, giving members a time to chat and sign up for activities; the meetings finish at 4pm.

To get the full benefit from the U3A we strongly advise that you join one or more Interest Groups (you can join as many as you have time to fit in!). If you have suggestions for a new group or if you feel you might be able to start a new group, Lindsay Evett, the Groups' co-ordinator is ready to help.  To contact a group's leader, click here.

Each month a Newsletter is published with up-to-date news about the Bingham U3A, reports from individual groups and details of the next meetings.  A copy of the current Newsletter can be downloaded from the link on the Newsletters page of this website.  Paper copies can be picked up at the monthly meeting.  Some copies are also available in the library (ask at the desk if you can't find them), the Medical Centre waiting room and in the foyer of the Council Offices in the Old Court House.  Please get in touch with the Newsletter Editor if you are having trouble finding one.

About the U3A

The University of the Third Age (U3A) movement is a unique and exciting organisation which provides, through its regional U3A branches, life-enhancing and life-changing opportunities. Retired and semi-retired people come together and learn together, not for qualifications but for its own reward: the sheer joy of discovery!  Members share their skills and life experiences: the learners teach and the teachers learn, and there is no distinction between them.  Please do not be put off by the word 'University' - you do not need any special qualifications to join in and the organisation does not offer qualifications - just lots of opportunities to join in a range of activities.

Formed 35 years ago, there are now over 1,000 U3As across the UK, with thousands of interest groups between them and more than 400,000 members nationally.

Principles of the Third Age Movement

The U3A movement is supported by its national organisation, the Third Age Trust.  It is non-religious and non-political and has three main principles:

The Third Age Principle
a) Membership of the U3A is open to all in their third age, which is defined not by a particular age but by a period of life in which full-time employment has ceased
b) Members promote the values of lifelong learning and the positive attributes of belonging to a U3A.
c) Members should do all they can to ensure people wanting to join the U3A can do so.

The Self-help Learning Principle
a) Members form interest groups covering as wide a range of topics and activities as they desire; by the members for the members.
b) No qualifications are sought or offered. Learning is for its own sake, with enjoyment being the prime motive, not qualifications or awards.
c) There is no distinction between learners and the teachers, they are all U3A members.

The Mutual Aid Principle
a) Each U3A is a mutual aid organisation, operationally independent but a member of The Third Age Trust, which requires adherence to the guiding principles of the U3A Movement.
b) No payments are made to members for services rendered to any U3A.
c) Each U3A is self-funded with membership subscriptions and costs kept as low as possible.
d) Outside financial assistance should only be sought if its does not imperil the integrity of the U3A movement.