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The first age is learning at school., the second is learning at work and the third age is when that is over and you can learn whatever you like. Our name can be misleading. We are not remotely like university students. We do not sit exams. It is all about friendship, keeping active in body and mind, and enjoying our leisure hours in ways that our parents would have envied.
We are local people like you living in the North Cotswolds. Begun in 1996 we have grown to currently 38 interest groups and over 350 members.

Monthly Open Meetings are held at Willersey Village Hall on the second Thursday of each month starting at 2.00pm and usually finishing by 4.00pm.
There are over 35 special interest groups who hold their own meetings at various village halls within the area and at members homes. Meetings are usually held during the day.

Here is a summary of just the 16 groups which meet in Willersey Village Hall and other Willersey venues.
NameDay & Time Week and Where
Art AppreciationThursday a.m. 1st wk - Willersey
Art HistoryMonday p.m. 2nd wk - Willersey
CroquetThursday p.m. Willersey Methodist Hall Lawn
Effortless EntertainingThursday a.m. 4th wk - Willersey
French Conversation- AdvancedWednesday p.m. 4th wk - Various
Listen to MusicTuesday a.m. 1st and 3rd wks - Willersey
Luncheon GroupWednesday p.m. 3rd wk - Various venues
MahjongMonday p.m. 2nd & 4th wks - Willersey
Opera AppreciationWednesday p.m. 2nd wk - Willersey
PhotographyMonday a.m. 4th wk - Willersey
ScrabbleWednesday p.m. 1st wk - Willersey
SingersWednesday a.m. All except 3rd - Willersey
SkittlesTuesday p.m. 4th wk (bi monthly) - New Inn Willersey
Stitches & ThreadsTuesday p.m. 4th wk - Willersey
Table TennisThursday p.m. 1st & 3rd wks- Willersey

For far more comprehensive information do visit the North Cotswold U3A Website and here is the latest newsletter.
Here is a copy of the membership application form taken from the North Cotswold U3A Website.

Current Officers  
ChairmanChris Selby
Secretary   Brian Thackeray   
TreasurerEric Watts
Ably supported by   
   Membership Secretary   John Bissett
Minutes SecretaryBarbara Matthias
Welfare OfficerSue Lindsay
Group CoordinatorSharon Thackeray
Website ManagerColin Sagar
EventsTina Anderson
Open Meetings   Mary Chappell, Mary Burfitt and Alun Davies   

North Cotswold U3A 20th Anniversary
It was back in 1996 when a group of enthusiasts based in Willersey decided to form a new U3A covering the North Cotswolds. From that tentative start with just a few members, the organisation now has over thirty groups and around four hundred members and has proved to be very successful, with many members residing in and around Willersey and Broadway.

What is the U3A? The full title is University of the Third Age and is open to all people no longer in full time employment, or no longer raising a family, and is a self-educational and social body with members instructing and guiding other members in subjects such as opera appreciation, earth sciences, French, Italian, history, engineering and transport, art appreciation, singing, cooking, gardening, making greetings cards, sewing, painting and photography. Members can learn to play the recorder or ukulele; there is a reading group; scrabble and mah-jong are eagerly pursued. For the more active type there are walking groups, there is a skittles group, a table tennis group, a touch tennis group, a golf croquet group and a Scottish country dancing group. On the purely social side there is a Sunday lunch group and a theatre group which attends performances all over the area.

We have been building up to this healthy state of affairs for twenty years and in order to showcase our achievements the North Cotswold U3A held an Open Day at Willersey Village Hall on Saturday September the 10th 2017 (admission FREE!!) from 10:00 a.m. until late afternoon, where the various groups will demonstrate their activities to anyone enlightened enough to attend. Refreshments (not free!) will be available all day and the lucky visitor may hear the singers sing, the ukuleles strum and the recorders warble.

So, why not come along? Parking is plentiful and we're not known as “The Friendly U3A” for nothing. You never know, you may be so impressed that you wish to join us!

Keith Horden
North Cotswold U3A (Retired) Chairman

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