Specialist community club opening new doors of opportunity

North Devon Gazette

A fantastic membership group is open and thriving for members of the North Devon community not currently in full-time employment to meet with others, share ideas and enjoy new experiences.Â

Barnstaple U3A has existed since 1984, making it one of the first to be established in the country, never mind in the county of Devon. Â

It is for anyone no longer in full-time employment and provides an opportunity to meet others who share interests and get together to find ways to learn more, take exercise, and generally socialise. Â

Groups are formed by members for members and cover a wide range of topics from Science to literature, Table tennis to Rambling, and Craft to Music.Â
The Barnstaple U3A is run by a committee of members who see to finances and administration and provide support for members running groups and encouragement for anyone hoping to introduce something new. All U3As are in turn supported by a National Organisation, which also gives advice and guidance.Â

Our principal meeting is our Coffee Morning with Guest Speaker (hearing loop in operation) held usually on the first Thursday of each month at Roundswell Community Hall, Barnstaple, from 9.45am to about midday. Â

The business of the meeting begins about 10.30am, and the cost including coffee/tea and biscuit is currently £1. We also join together as a U3A every three months for a lunch, currently held at the Williams Arms, Wrafton.Â

Members pay an annual subscription, which needs to be renewed on 1st January. The current annual cost is £10, and this allows you to join any or all the interest groups published on the official website. Â

Individual interest groups may have expenses of their own (eg room hire), and participants are expected to share these essential costs equally.Â

Besides entry to any or all our groups, members also receive the monthly Barnstaple U3A Newsletter by email. There is a small extra charge if members wish to receive by post, regular copies of TAM (Third Age Magazine) about five times each year.Â

Full information on this fantastic initiative can be found on https://u3asites.org.uk/barnstaple/welcomeÂ