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Chiltern u3a is part of the Third Age Trust, which was founded 40 years ago. Chiltern u3a was founded in October 1999 and we currently have around 1300 members and more than 90 interest groups. 

We are a voluntary organisation run for and by our members.

If you are a member, you should find everything you may need to know about Chiltern u3a (Cu3a) on this site. If you cannot find what you need then please contact our Chair, Peter de Groot (u3achair@chiltern-u3a.org.uk) or any of the committee whose names and contact numbers you will find here on the site. We will be more than happy to help you (or find the person who can).

If you’re new to Cu3a or are considering joining us, then please enjoy exploring our site and feel free to contact us if you have any questions or observations.

Membership is open to anyone who is not either in full-time work or has other full-time commitments and is happy to operate within our guidelines. Members of Cu3a have access to a plethora of interest groups run by and for our members: anything from Scrabble, photography, technology, local and family history to crime fiction and ballroom dancing. Every month we have excellent speakers at our general meetings. We also have a quarterly Newsletter, and members can read back copies on this website.

Some of the buildings we use are old and access to them and to members’ homes may be difficult. We make use of technology where we can help with mobility, hearing and sight issues.  If you have any problems, please let us know and we will make every adjustment within our power to accommodate your needs. Please help us to help you by opening our doors for you. 


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.

Our groups in action

Click here for a gallery of photos by members of the photography group and the links below for videos of u3a members and their activities. All of these are "snapshots" and over time groups change, some merge, others fold and new groups take their place.

Video of photos organised by group and category
Members in their group activities taken in 2017 by David Bender
"All our yesterdays" (2012-23) photo collection

and, for a "multiplex view", see all three videos on one screen

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.

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 general meetings. These are diverse, interesting presentations from experts in their subject area and held on the third Wednesday of each month at 2:30 in the Drake Hall of the Amersham Community Centre in the Chilterns Lifestyle Centre.

 If you are interested, email u3atalks@chiltern-u3a.org.uk for details; you can access information about forthcoming general meetings by clicking the Events tab in the yellow menu bar above and then General Meetings in the drop-down list. After the talk, tea and coffee are available and there’s a chance to meet fellow Cu3a members. After the talk, 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 (group organiser) of the group/s you are curious about.

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.

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: u3atalks@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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