Become a member

Are you no longer in full-time employment and looking for interesting and stimulating daytime activities in the company of others? Then joining Cheltenham U3A may be just what you need!

New Members

If you would like to apply for membership there are two options:

Join on-line (preferred method) by clicking on the link below and following the instructions.

However, please note: as part of the joining process do not try to upload a photograph as they are not required and Cheltenham U3A does not use them.

Click here to Join Today


or  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. 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.

Membership Fees

Single – If joining after 31st August£6.00
Joint – If joining after 31st August£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 £3.50 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 copy of our bi-monthly newsletter.


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.