Shepway & District


Welcome to the web-site for Shepway and District U3A.

The University of the Third Age

The U3A is a learning organisation made up of independent groups run by their members. Members are normally retired or semi-retired from paid employment, and wish to use some of their leisure time to acquire new skills and help others do the same. To find out more about the history and ethos of the U3A, follow the link below to the website for the Third Age Trust.

Shepway and District U3A

Our local branch has over 500 members from the district of Shepway in Kent and includes Folkestone, Hythe, the villages in the North Downs north of these towns and much of the Romney Marsh. Our main activities centre on the subject groups of which there are now around 70. Some information about those which are currently running can be found on the Groups page. We have regular monthly coffee mornings on the fourth Friday of the month at the Imperial Hotel, Princes Parade, Hythe starting at 10.30 am, and the third Wednesday in the month at the the Burlington Hotel, Earls Avenue, Folkestone, again at 10.30 am. There are regular members' meetings at the new Pavilion Sports Centre, South Road, Hythe at 2.00 pm. Outings and social events are also held throughout the year, to which guests may be invited when there are spare places. See the Events page for details.

We are now a registered charity and GiftAiding your subscription will help keep costs, including the membership fee, down.

How to Join

Our annual membership fee is £28 (£20 from 1st October) (until March 31st 2015), which covers all the groups which you may wish to join. Membership runs until March 31st of each year. The cost for group meetings is variable: from £2.50 for the coffee morning and members' meetings. If you are interested in joining please use the Contact page to get in touch with the Membership Secretary by telephone or e-mail. A membership application form is available for downloading: Membership Form

We look forward to hearing from you.

The November/December Bulletin can be downloaded from here: BulletinNovDec
The November/December Calendar can be downloaded from here: CalendarNovDec

The January/February Bulletin can be downloaded from here: BulletinJF
The January/February Calendar can be downloaded from here: CalendarJF

MEMBERS' MEETINGS. You can download the list of Members' meetings for the year from here: Members_Meetings

The annual Christmas lunch will be held at the Burlington hotel. It is a comprehensive three course meal with a glass of wine and coffee included for the price of £26 per person. Places are limited to 150, so early booking is recommended. Booking forms can be accessed from the Events page.

Discount to Members

The Burlington Hotel, Folkestone is offering U3A members 10% discount on purchases at the hotel on production of their membership card.
Art-Write, Hythe give a 10% discount to members on art materials.