A Warm Welcome!
Each month we hold an Open Meeting at St Matthew’s Church Hall, Clarence St (opposite main library) where members meet over a cuppa and biscuit, followed almost always by speaker on a subject of general interest. Forthcoming talks may be seen under “EVENTS”. Our aim is to provide opportunities for our members to meet for discussion, study, and learning over a wide variety of subjects or to take part in outdoor activities such as walking and visits. The details of what is available can be found on the “GROUPS” and “EVENTS” pages.
Our members not only join and enjoy our Groups but also Lead them, join the tea/biscuits helpers rota and our Committee. Expect to be approached once you have joined for a while!
If you have a background in running or organising – shop, school, department, company, Brownies, zoo, the Government – you most probably have just the expertise the Committee needs. Members usually serve for a while before being asked to carry out a role.
Cheltenham U3A has around 115 Groups, covering languages, physical activity, art, book clubs, music, bridge, crossword, photography, wine tasting… And as we encourage new Groups to run as soon as possible, they often fill within a few weeks, and there is a waiting list. And so we are always looking for more Groups or multiplying existing Groups.
The most important factor is finding new Group Leaders, and new members have often become Leaders.
If there is anything you fancy doing that is not available to you when you contact the Groups through the web site, talk to the Groups Coordinator and consider how easy it might be to run a Group yourself.
The ‘what to do’ pages of the Group Leaders Handbook can be found in the Members Area.
Prospective New Members – are entitled to attend one open meeting before they join. See Events page for details.
Cheltenham U3A also run a New Members Meeting (click on Events Page link above) which discusses the origins of the U3A and our Groups, with many Group Leaders coming to put forward their view and availabilities.
If you are a member of any Cotswold Link U3A you are entitled to join one group in Cheltenham U3A. Simply take your membership card, of your parent U3A, to the group you want to join and the group leader will sign the Group name on the back of your card to confirm that you are attending that group.