Welcome to Launceston & District U3A

Registered Charity no. 1029470

The U3A (University of the Third Age) is a shared-learning organisation made up of independent groups run by their members. We are retired or semi-retired from paid employment, and wish to use some of our leisure time to acquire new skills and help others do the same.

Launceston & District U3A has over 300 members. For £9 a year we can join any special-interest groups of our choice, and have the benefit of third party insurance cover whilst on group activities. The membership fee also entitles us to receive Network, a bi-monthly in-house newsletter (click ‘Links’ at the top of this page to access back issues), plus a copy of the quarterly U3A News magazine, and access to a wealth of resource material. We can also register to receive U3A Sources, an educational bulletin published in January, June and October.

There is a regular monthly coffee morning on the last Friday of the month at Central Methodist Church Hall in Castle Street, Launceston. Unlike many other U3A branches, we don’t usually have a guest speaker at this meeting – it’s mainly an opportunity to meet and get to know one another, and learn about group and branch activities.

Potential new members are very welcome to come along to any coffee morning to see what it is all about, without any obligation (apart from a donation towards the coffee/tea and biscuits). But the event could be a bit intimidating for a newcomer, so if you’re thinking of attending, it’s a good idea to contact us by email or phone beforehand (click ‘Contact’ at the top of this page). Then we can arrange to meet and introduce you to the organisers of any special-interest groups you might like to know about.

Alternatively, you could just look through the ‘Groups’ pages on this website, and decide which one you’d like to find out about first. Then phone the organiser (known as a ‘co-ordinator’) for news of the next group meeting – and if you’d like to attend it, ask to add your name to the list. After that you’ll just need to email our Membership Secretary and arrange payment of the £9 subscription…

There are sometimes small added costs involved in membership of a group: contributions to the hire of a venue (usually £1 or less); coffee and biscuits when provided (usually 50p); and car-sharing contributions (currently £1.50 for every 20 miles).

Membership of the U3A is a great way to improve your social life as well as keeping you active in mind and body. We look forward to hearing from you.