Bingham U3A

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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.

The U3A movement is supported by its national organisation: the Third Age Trust.
Bingham U3A was founded in October 2000 and comprises more than thirty different interest groups which meet on a regular basis (see Contacts and Calendar).  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 (see Upcoming Events page) after which tea and coffee are served, giving members a time to chat and sign up for activities; the meeting finishes at 4pm.

To get the full benefit from the U3A we strongly advise that you join one or more interest groups. If you have suggestions for a new group or if you feel you might be able to start a new group, Ann Keen, the Group Leaders co-ordinator is ready to help.

For more information on the interest Groups, just click on an item in the menu to the left or below. 
Each month a Newsletter is published with up to date news about the Bingham branch, reports from individual groups and details of the next meetings. A copy of the current Newsletter can be downloaded from the link on Newsletters page of this website. A few paper copies are available from a box in the library (ask at the desk if you can't find it) and some copies are also left in the foyer of the Council Offices in the Old Court House.

Principles of the Third Age Movement
The U3A Movement 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.