Become a member

If you are no longer in full-time work and want to meet new friends and enjoy stimulating times together, take up an interest or develop an interest or consider a specially organised holiday, then joining Cheltenham u3a may be just what you need! 

Joining after 3rd December provides you with membership to the end of the following year i.e. up to 13 months

There are two ways to join:

Option 1, Join Online

This is our preferred method. Click on the link below and follow the instructions. Please do not try to upload a photograph as we do not use them.

Click here to Join Today

Option 2, Complete and post in an Application Form

Click on the link below to download an Application Form, complete this and send this to the address on the Form, together with a cheque.

Download an Application Form here

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.
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.

Reciprocal Membership

If you are a member of any Cotswold Link u3a, you are entitled to join one group in Cheltenham u3a as a Reciprocal member, for which there is no charge. Please discuss this with your group leader and also advise the Membership Secretary on [email protected] who will record your contact details on our Beacon administration system, with your permission of course. Note that Reciprocal members do not receive the Cheltenham u3a Magazine and receive the national Third Age Matters magazine from their own u3a.

Associate Membership

This type of membership is available for members of any other u3a who wish to attend events at Cheltenham u3a and/or join more than one group. Associate members receive six copies of our Magazine each year and receive the national Third Age Matters magazine from their own u3a. Note that Associate members cannot take part in general meetings, either attending or nominating committee members. Please contact the Membership Secretary [email protected]

Membership Fees

Single – If joining after 31st August£9.00
Joint – If joining after 31st August£14.00
Associate Single£9.00
Associate Joint£10.00

Joint based on two people living at the same address

Note: For both classes of membership the full fee is payable from the 1st December and this will provide 13 months membership i.e. to the end of the following year.

The fees include a capitation fee of £4.00 to the national organisation (The Third Age Trust) which provides a wide range of services and benefits including liability insurance cover. You will receive four copies of their magazine (Third Age Matters) throughout the year.

As a member of Cheltenham u3a you will receive a six copies of our magazine.


Terms and Conditions of Membership

  • Abide by the Aims and Guiding Principles of the u3a Movement
  • Always act in the best interests of the u3a and never do anything to bring the u3a into disrepute
  • Abide by the Terms and Conditions of the Constitution
  • Treat fellow members with respect and courtesy at all times
  • Comply with and support the decisions of the elected Committee
  • Advise the Committee of any change in your personal details
  • Members acknowledge that it is understood that there is no obligation or liability on the part of the
  • Cheltenham u3a, or any of its Officers, Committee or members for any loss, damage or injury sustained by any member while taking part in any activity undertaken by members in any Group Meetings, outings or walks organised by Cheltenham u3a.