National u3a

The u3a Movement


The u3a movement is nationwide, most towns have a local u3a. Currently there are 1,057 u3as with over 450,000 members. There is a national u3a body, the u3a Trust, which provides educational and administrative support to the local u3as.


The video below, produced by the u3a Trust, highlights the benefits and opportunities available when joining a u3a.

The Trust has also produced a video which describes a typical local u3a, not all of the specific activities mentioned are currently provided by Tonbridge u3a.

The u3a radio podcast has now launched on podcast platforms.

Previously available to listen to on Youtube, members will now be able to listen on platforms including Spotify and Apple. Nick Bailey, part of the u3a radio team who put together the episodes each month, says 'this is something a lot of you have asked for. It will be a handy way to listen and we hope will help to spread the word of the u3a movement in its 40th year.'

In the January episode, the team discuss the Kindertransport learning initiative, talk to a member of u3a in Australia and hear about the milestone of 5,000 trees being planted in the u3a 40th anniversary wood.

Listen to the podcast on Apple, Spotify and Google Podcasts. The episode can also still be listened to on our u3a YouTube channel, with captions.

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u3a Day - 40th anniversary - 21 September 2022


u3a Day is an annual event to showcase the activity, learning and fun which takes place across the movement every day. It is a celebration of positive ageing highlighting our members’ lived experience.

Across the UK, members hold events and showcase what u3a is all about. u3a day is held on the Wednesday of the third week of September every year, along with a week of celebrating what it means to age well.

In 2022 – our 40th anniversary – u3a day will be held on 21 September or on a day between 18 and 26 September; decision on the date will be taken by individual u3as. Tonbridge u3a have decided not to put on an event particularly celebrating u3a day.

If you would like to receive updates about preparations and celebrations for u3a day you can sign up to our national online newsletter.

For more information about what is happening nationally click here.