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U3A – University of the Third Age

u3a1awvU3A (University of the Third Age) is a learning co-operative that enables members to share educational, creative and leisure interests. Our members’ careers may be over but they are committed to life-long learning in an accessible and vibrant environment. The emphasis is on ‘lifelong learning’ through sharing educational, creative and leisure activities.

The Chipping Norton Area branch has been in existence for over 16 years, has over a 120 members, and is the closest branch serving people in the Wychwoods.

Membership includes a monthly meeting with a guest speaker (in the Methodist Hall, Chipping Norton on the first Wednesday of the month at 2.30 p.m.). 15 Special Interest Groups meet regularly, with two more being formed. There are coffee mornings in the winter months, and access to National U3A materials such as the UK newsletter and courses/summer schools. A range of topics and speakers come to our monthly meetings, details of which are included in The Wychwoods’ ‘What’s on’ page.

Our Special Interest Groups for members range from play reading, book clubs, architecture, and music appreciation groups, through walking, table tennis, and bowls, to crafts, book-binding and bridge. The new groups will look at African Studies and Italian Appreciation. There are also trips during the year (e.g. Stonor Park, near Henley-on-Thames in September). Many groups meet in member’s homes, while others may incur a small charge for the venue. More details about the groups can be found on the website.

Membership for the full year is £15 (reduced to £7.50 from September). If you are interested in finding out more, then come along to a monthly meeting as a guest (£2), visit our website, call 01608 646578, or email membership secretary at

August – September 2017