About Newport U3A

If you are new to U3As in general, let us dispel one myth for you: membership has no age limits - you do not have to be a wrinkly, a TOG or hold a bus pass! The only stipulation is that you are not in full time employment, but either retired or working towards retirement.
We have a fairly comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions section that we think covers just about everything about Newport U3A, but if you have a question that is not listed, do contact us via the contact page.

Briefly U3A is a self-funding organisation that promotes learning for enjoyment. U3A groups are to be found around the country. Each local U3A is independent, autonomous and funded by subscription and membership fees. The different groups are led by enthusiasts rather than trained teachers - of course this is not mutually exclusive - Newport U3A is lucky enough to have some members who are both.

We usually meet Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at Shaftesbury Methodist Church, Shaftesbury Street, Newport, but there are some other groups, for instance Sunday Lunch and Saturday Walkers who meet outside these times. The timetable gives details of all the groups, convenors and contact numbers.

Newport U3A marked the end of its 20th anniversary year in 2014 with a concert in the city's Dolman Theatre.

The 230 attendees were entertained by light hearted sketches and musical performances from some of our 32 groups. The ingenuity and standard of the acts showed there is a high degree of creative flair running through the membership. There were self penned witty sketches and moving poems, also some original music in the form of a Celebration March.

We were also joined by the Swansea U3A Ukulele Band who entertained with a string of popular favourites, closing with a rousing rendition of "Delilah" which had everyone on their feet.

It was, indeed, a show that will be long remembered as the highlight of our anniversary year.

A few pictures from the concert can be seen here.


U3A groups are to be found around the country. More details on the local groups, the organisation in general and the Third Age Trust, the national representative body for U3As in the UK is available on the U3A website.

In South Wales, a near neighbour of Newport is Swansea - information about this group is available on their website.