Paddock Wood u3a
- Paddock Wood u3a is a self-help, self-managed learning cooperative of retired and semi-retired people which enables its members to share a variety of educational, creative, cultural and leisure interests. It was formed in November 2011 and has now grown to more than 650 members. There are over 80 interest groups catering for a wide range of subjects and ideas for new groups are always welcome. We learn in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
- We are a growing organisation and what we do depends upon the skills and interests of our members and how much they are prepared to use and share them with other members. Paddock Wood u3a also organises study days, seminars and social events. These are exclusively available to members and usually cost extra.
- We hold open monthly meetings on the second Thursday of each month, at St Andrew's Church in Paddock Wood. They run from 2 till 4 pm. There is usually a talk on an interesting topic from a visiting speaker, followed by notices of forthcoming events. The meeting finishes with tea, coffee and biscuits and a chance to chat with other members. Please come along and find out more about what we do. Members are free but non-members are charged £3 which is refunded if you join on the day.
- Paddock Wood u3a became a registered charity in September 2018 - registered charity number 1179959.
- Find out more about the University of the Third Age here.
- Find out more about becoming a member of Paddock Wood u3a here.
How we learn
- No curriculum - Members learn what they wish and follow their own interests.
- No entrance qualifications - A desire to learn and have fun is all that is required.
- No exams or certificates - Members enjoy their learning without a need to prove it.
- No terms or semesters - Groups decide themselves when they meet.
- No formal classes - Members embark on their own voyages of discovery.
- No buildings or campus - Members can use public buildings or members’ homes.
"Learning together with like-minded people is really enjoyable"