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A message from our Chair, Sarah Jones

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Thank you for taking the time to visit our website!

We are a member led organisation based in and around Amersham, Bucks. We hope you will be able to find all you need to know about us here.

We have a plethora of interest groups run by and for Chiltern u3a members, anything from scrabble, photography, technology, local and family history to crime fiction. Weekly, we have excellent speakers via Zoom, and Cu3a members are able to view recordings. We also have a quarterly Newsletter and members have the opportunity to read back copies.

After such a long time following the Covid 19 regulations and Third Age Trust guidelines, many of our groups are restarting their activities. All of our outdoor sport and exercise groups are now meeting again and those which meet indoors have either restarted or are planning to do so soon. Other indoor groups are doing the same, while some continue to meet via Zoom and Skype. Our outstanding Technical Team are making plans for hybrid zoom meetings, which will be an enormous boon now that our indoor venues are available again, to meet the needs of members who are still hesitant about meeting face-to-face.

Excursions and group outings are up and running – take a look at the Events page to find out more.

We intend to continue with our weekly afternoon Zoom meetings with a speaker which are available to all our members. These have been running for a year now and we’ve had some truly fascinating speakers. Members continue to meet for a Virtual Cuppa three times a week, again on Zoom, to see some friendly faces and have a chat.

You would find plenty to do should you join us now, and it is our intention that our full service will resume over the next few months.

 I am so proud to be the chairperson of Cu3a. Please be in touch with me personally if there’s anything you would like to share with me or ask me (u3achair@chiltern-u3a.org.uk).     photographs
Click here for a gallery of photos by members of the photography group and here for a video of u3a activities

What Chiltern u3a can offer you

Our purpose is to offer members a wide variety of physical, intellectual and artistic activities as well as opportunities to get out, meet new people and enjoy a varied social life. We do not offer formal courses, nor do we offer any degrees or diplomas.

In addition to the activities of Chiltern u3a, members are eligible to attend events organised by the Thames Valley Network and those organised by the Third Age Trust, the national u3a organisation.

Chiltern u3a was formed in October 1999 and currently has about 1300 members and more than 100 interest groups. You can search our groups from an alphabetical list, by type of activity, or from a calendar - click the Our Groups button at the top of the page.

Most groups meet once or twice a month, some more frequently, and programmes are decided by the members of the group. 

A quarterly Newsletter is distributed to all members giving full details of all of the groups' activities and other items of interest. The Newsletter is available to members by email; however, a paper copy can be provided for those who need it – just let us know. There is also a regular electronic bulletin distributed via email.  

Members can see the current and past issues of the newsletter and eBulletin by clicking on the For members tab above.

Membership is open to anyone who is not in full-time work or has other full-time commitments. You may join any of our groups that have vacancies whether you are an expert or a complete novice wishing to develop a new interest. You are welcome to come along to one or two meetings as a ‘taster’ before joining.

The organisation is run entirely by volunteers, and there are many opportunities for members to make their own contribution to its success. The organisation only survives if there are volunteers who are prepared to use their own time, skills and aptitudes to make it work.

Try before you buy

Prospective members are welcome to attend two of our Wednesday afternoon speaker sessions. These are diverse, interesting presentations from experts in their subject area and held on Zoom at 14.30 every Wednesday. If you are interested, email u3achair@chiltern-u3a.org.uk for details.

Normally, we prefer to be together in the Amersham Community Centre and will meet there again as soon as it is considered safe to do so. After the presentation, tea and coffee are available and there’s a chance to meet fellow Cu3a members. 

As a prospective member you may also attend a meeting of one or two of our interest groups to see if they are right for you – please email the convenor of the group/s you are curious about. The group may have suspended activities or be operating on Zoom/Skype etc. or in small groups outdoors. The convenor (what we call our team organisers) will be able to tell you more. 

Equality, diversity and inclusion

Everyone is welcome to join us, and everyone is welcome at our meetings. Some of the buildings we use are old, and access to them, and to members' homes when meetings are held there, may be difficult. If this may cause you problems, please let us know, and we will make every possible adjustment to accommodate your needs.
We do, of course, have a policy about equality, diversity and inclusion  -  Click here to see it.

You can contact us by email as follows:

For membership enquiries: u3amembership@chiltern-u3a.org.uk
For general enquiries: enquiries@chiltern-u3a.org.uk
To contact the Chair: u3achair@chiltern-u3a.org.uk
To contact the Secretary: u3asecretary@chiltern-u3a.org.uk
To suggest a speaker for a general meeting, or to offer to speak: u3ageneral@chiltern-u3a.org.uk
If you have any problems with the website please email: u3awebmaster@chiltern-u3a.org.uk

or you can write to:

Chiltern u3a
Amersham & District Community Association
Chiltern Avenue
Amersham HP6 5AH

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