WHAT ARE YOU DOING NOW THAT YOU'VE STOPPED WORKING?
Welshpool & District University of the Third Age (U3A) is a cheerful self-help organisation devoted to keeping the more mature brain active. We welcome as members people from all walks of life who are no longer in full-time work.
We have monthly general meetings, usually with an invited speaker, held on the first Tuesday morning of the month. Interest Groups - see below - meet as and when they wish.
We cover the towns of Welshpool and Montgomery, and their surrounding rural areas.
WHY NOT TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT WITH US?
The U3A is not a university in the usual sense. We do not require entry qualifications, and we don't give out certificates or degrees either. But we are a university in that we try and discover what we don't know about the world around us.
Formed in 2005, we are part of a national and international movement of people who believe that, in our later years, we should be mentally and physically active. We now have time to dig into all those things we might have missed out on whilst working and bringing up a family.
In the UK there are nearly 760 U3As with more than 231,000 members, supported nationally by the Third Age Trust. The U3A movement in Britain is was set up in the early 1980s.
Each U3A is autonomous and decides how it is run and organised. Our main activities are carried out in Interest Groups, where members come together to learn about and participate in a particular topic. There is pretty well something for everyone! Take a look at our Groups page for more detail.
Learning in a group can be both formal and informal. In Welshpool & District U3A we tend to go for the sharing of knowledge and skills, where an 'expert' member imparts his/her knowledge to others. Or we go on a mutual journey of discovery, in which group members research a topic from different angles. In this way we have learned much about art, poetry, music, natural history, geology, astronomy, creative writing, crafts and many other topics.
We don't do this because we have to: we do it because we want to. We learn new things, meet new friends, and keep those little grey cells exercised. Above all, we enjoy it!
Keep an eye on the News, Groups and Notices pages to see what we are up to.