Plymouth University of the Third Age

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Plymouth University of the Third Age (U3A)

Plymouth U3A is a learning co-operative of mature people which enables members to share educational, creative and leisure activities. It is not a 'university' in the accepted sense, but is a meeting place for those who are no longer in full time employment and bringing together people who want to share their varying interests by way of subject groups.

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Our Monthly Meeting

Our monthly meetings are held on the second Monday of each month in the Mariner Ballroom of the Holiday Inn.

Situated at the Hoe end of Armada Way in Plymouth city centre, it is convenient for the many buses in Royal Parade. Underground parking is available on site at a special whole day rate on the day of the U3A meeting.

Meetings start from 10.45 with tea and coffee served from 10.00.

After the meeting, you may like to enjoy lunch in the hotel restaurant at a reduced rate.

How to Join & Annual Subscriptions

To see how to join or renew your subscription please go to the annual subscription page.

The annual subscription for 2017/2018 is £14 per person or £25 for a couple living at the same address.  

You can renew your membership at a Monthly Meeting or by post.

Upcoming Meetings

Open Day

An Incredible Journey
Richard Keoghoe
A geo-historical meander from Sutton Harbour to Princetown and back following the railway routes.

Not Just Chocolate!
The Fry Family of Plymouth and their Famous Relatives.

The Street Children of India
Anita Edgar
Following 10 years driving the aid trucks to Romania, Albania and Bosnia, Anita took a break in India, where she saw small, abandoned children eating out of dustbins and begging on the streets. From this, 20 years ago, she was inspired to open Children’s Homes, now looking after 4,500, all with the chance of education and a brighter future. Some now work in USA, UK and Germany!

Putin's Russia
John Dobson
When Boris Yeltsin handed over power to Vladimir Putin at the turn of the century, most commentators in the West said ‘Who? It is said that Putin rose without trace, so how did this man from humble beginnings rise through the ranks of the KGB to become one of the most powerful men in the world? How has he changed Russia?

Plymouth U3A News

South Korea students visit Plymouth U3A
Plymouth U3A had a visit from two South Korean students A-Young and Jujin at the January 2017 meeting, who travelled nine hours from Duksung University in Seoul, to learn how our U3A worked and to take back lessons for older people in Korea.

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Chairman's Report 2017
At the 2017 the Chaiman gave his end of year report.

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Useful Meetings

RUG – Really Useful Group
The Really Useful Group is a network of volunteers who are willing to be called on from time to time to help with some of jobs that need doing to make us a successful welcoming U3A. The idea is that if enough people are willing to do a little bit to help the job will never be too big for anybody. Below are a few things that spring to mind, we know you will think of many more and maybe some that are more fun :-
Stuffing newsletters into envelopes - a job that needs doing 3 times a year.
Delivering newsletters
Befriending new members at monthly meetings particularly those who are alone.
Filing and shredding – not much fun but has to be done
Venue Wilton Street, Millbridge (bus 70 from A3 at 15 minutes to and 15 minutes past the hour. If you intend to come or want more information please ring Susan on 01752 291309.

Meet & Mix
This is not a regular group but an opportunity for any member to meet other members for an informal chat. We meet in the lounge bar of the Theatre Royal at various dates and times as shown on the website, online calendar and in the newsletter. Join us if you feel like it on the day—no need to book in advance.
July Mon 3rd at 14:30 Wed 21st at 14:30

University of Plymouth/U3A Partnership

Plymouth U3A enjoys a unique partnership with Plymouth University This partnership gives our members access to lectures and seminar series, ‘behind the scenes’ campus tours, facilities and many other special events including talks from academic experts and contemporary art exhibitions, performances, music and films. Other benefits include support for U3A members with use of new technology and social media, free eyecare with optometry students and library access.

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The University of the Third Age

Plymouth U3A is part of the University of the Third Age movement that provides-life-enhancing and life-changing opportunities. Retired and semi-retired people come together and learn together, not for qualifications but for its own reward: the sheer joy of discovery! Members share their skills and life experiences: the learners teach and the teachers learn, and there is no distinction between them. The U3A movement is supported by its national organisation, the Third Age Trust. There are currently over 385,000 members in 1010 U3As across the UK.

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