Southwell U3A was formed in 2006 and has grown rapidly. We work hard to be a very friendly organization and to maintain that friendliness in spite of our increasing size. If you are retired or semi-retired, and are interested in joining us, you can be assured of a warm welcome amongst like-minded people.
We are not a university in the modern sense of a body which awards degrees, but in the original sense of a community of people engaged in learning - and learning from each other. Members share their skills, knowledge and interests through meetings and educational, social and recreational group activities. These activities are not normally led by professional teachers but by fellow members of Southwell U3A who are unpaid enthusiasts. Classes are small, informal and interactive. There are no examinations; no qualifications are required or awarded and only enjoyment to be won. You can choose the mix of activities you wish to engage in.
Members also find pleasure and companionship through an active social programme of outings, walks, theatre visits, and lunches.
Like all other U3As we are autonomous: we make our own rules and regulations and are a registered charity which entitles us to reclaim Gift Aid on our membership fees. We receive no government or local authority monies; we are entirely self-financing. In 2008 and 2009 we were awarded over £13,000 by the National Lottery Awards for All Grant. This has been used to purchase computers and other equipment required for the Monthly Meeting and our groups as well as to develop this website.
The Third Age Trust Public Liability Insurance provides cover for members in all of our activities.
If you live within the area why not come along and see if you would like to join us? You do not have to commit yourself immediately but you can attend two Monthly Meetings as a visitor before you make up your mind. We could be just what you are looking for! Try us out – bring your enthusiasm, interest and desire to be a lifelong learner along. You may never want to leave!.