Welcome to Towcester U3A, where retired and semi-retired people can make new friends and join in with educational, creative and leisure opportunities, in a friendly environment.
For more information about the U3A, visit our FAQ page.
We provide a range of life-enhancing group activities to occupy people who are no longer in full time employment. The main activities are listed below;
With circa 700 members we currently operate over 70 popular and stimulating group activities, including;
- Recreational: bridge, play reading, canasta, scrabble, “boys toys”…
- Research: history, music, art, literature…
- Learning: languages, computer skills, travel…
- Creative: music, art, writing, crafts, photography, gardening…
- Health: Nordic walking, badminton, rambling…
For more information about groups, go to the Groups page. If your favourite activity is not among them, maybe we can arrange to introduce it?
General meetings of members are held monthly. There is a guest speaker or some kind of social activity. They cover a wide range of topics. Typically, we have enjoyed a lady shipwrecked in the Antartic, the story behind Les Misérables, and the plans of the Bloodhound Team to hit a new world land speed record. Go to the Events Page to find out more.
They normally take place at 2pm on the last Wednesday of the month at the Towcestrians Sports Club, Greens Norton Rd, Towcester, NN12 8AW. A shuttle bus can take you there, leaving from Malthouse Court, Watling Street, Towcester. It departs no later than 1.25 pm (just turn up and climb on board). It will be waiting in the car park to return you to Towcester afterwards.
Our magazine, the TUBA, is published three time a year. For more information, visit the TUBA page.
We publish a bulletin of updates monthly. This keeps us up to date with changes since the last edition of Tuba. For more information, visit the TUBA page.
Our Facebook page
This is where the action is! All the latest news about interest groups and activities. Join our group and contribute yourself. Visit the Facebook page, where there is help if you need it.
Currently suspended pending appointment of a new organiser. If you think you might like to take this on, contact a member of the Committee. Some trips on an adhoc basis are being arranged by a committee member and help is available for anyone who may wish to arrange one, on a one off or occasional basis. Details in the TUBA and monthly bulletins.
All this costs just £15.00 a year (2018/19 period). This covers the general meetings, attendance at as many groups as you like, and affiliated membership of the National U3A.
Most interest groups do not charge an additional fee, except perhaps to cover refreshments, hire of a meeting room or for consumables.
Need help and advice? We are a friendly bunch and always ready to help. Find the person to contact on the Contact page and give them a call or drop them an e-mail.
The National U3A, whose website you can visit by clicking this link, contains a wealth of information and resources (you need to register as a member, but it is easy and free). In particular, they organise events that look interesting and are often free. You can arrange for upcoming events to be emailed direct to your computer.
How to join
Anyone who is retired or semi-retired can join. This can include people who work on a part-time basis. There is no lower age for membership. It may be best if applicants live within 10 miles of Towcester although some members live further afield.
We hold regular meetings for new or potential members, usually at the Sawpits Centre (Old Library Building), Richmond Road, Towcester, NN12 6EX, where many of our group activity coordinators will be available to tell you more. Contact the New Members Contact for details – see the Contact page.
If you are still unsure you can come and try one of our monthly meetings as a guest. You will be required to pay a small fee of £2 but you will get a free tea or coffee and a biscuit.
If you decide to join, download and print our Membership Application Form, available from the Documents page. Instructions for submitting the form are included.
Existing members renewal
Existing Members can renew their membership any time between the February meeting and the end of July. Just download and complete the Membership Renewal Form, available from the Documents page. You will also find our Guide to on-line renewal. If renewing by post please ensure you send a self addressed stamped envelope or you may have to collect your membership cards.
The membership benefits of all members that have not renewed by the end of July in any year will be withdrawn.
Or contact anyone on the committee and they will be happy to help and advise.