Frequently Asked Questions

What does it cost?
Membership is charged on an annual basis running from April - March, and was charged at £34 for 2017-18. You don't have to wait until April to join us - we welcome members at any time, and membership is charged accordingly (for example, the cost for membership for January-March 2018 is £14.)

Am I eligible?
We have no age limits as such, but we do ask that you are not in full time employment, but are retired, or working towards retirement.

How is it funded?
The U3A is a self-funding organisation that promotes learning for enjoyment. Each local U3A is independent, autonomous and self-funded by subscription and membership fees. Click here to go to the main U3A website and further information.

Can I "try before I buy"?
Yes. Everyone is encouraged to try a couple of groups for two weeks before paying their Membership fee.

What do I need to bring to the group?
Depends on the group you are attending. Stout shoes or boots are probably sensible for any of the walking groups, and pen & paper will be usually be handy for the languages. Click here to see the timetable and convenor phone numbers.

What are opening times?
The centre is in operation Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in "term time". Groups generally start at 9.45 or 10.00 and last for approx 1½ hours. The last group of the day will finish around 3.30 or 3.45.

Can I join the Committee?
Yes please! Each March there is a list on the notice board for volunteers from among the Members, and a vote is held at the AGM in April.

Where are meetings held?
Shaftesbury Street Church, on Shaftesbury Street, which is the first turning off Evans Street (postcode NP20 5LD), which is, in turn, off Malpas Road near the old Sainsburys.

Where can I park?
There is street parking nearby, Evans Street and off here. Please be a little sympathetic to the locals - we don't like it if people park outside our doors, do we! We have recently got 2 hours parking outside the centre, on Shaftesbury Street itself.

How do I get in touch with the committee?
Please click here to go to the Contact Us page

What if I join part way through the year?
Membership fees are proportional to the time of year that you join. If you join at the beginning, in April, then you will pay the full amount. If you join half way through the year, you will pay half, and so on. Once you become a member, then your membership will run from April to March.

What groups are available?
Click here to go to timetable

Can I get refreshments?
Tea and coffee are available for 20p per cup, which also entitles you to a biscuit. Alternatively, for something more substantial, there are shops nearby and town centre a short bus-ride away.

Updated November 2017

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