The University of the Third Age (U3A) is a nationwide organisation based on local groups providing opportunties for retired and semi-retired people to come together and develop their interests.

We are not a university in the traditional sense; we do not study for qualifications, we just enjoy taking part and meeting people.

What do we mean by the third age? It is the time after you have finished working or raising a family, following your first age of childhood dependence and your second age of full-time work or parental responsibility. The third age is when you can pursue your interests at leisure and really make the most of life.

It is all voluntary – members share their knowledge and experience with others in interest groups, running informal activity sessions covering a wide range of subjects and activities.

At a typical U3A group there are learning opportunies, outdoor pursuits, social events and outings on offer, including anything from bridge, to gardening, to theatre trips.

We have more that 900 U3As thoughout the UK with more than 350,000 members, and we are growing fast!



  • Chair: Eileen Strange – 01879 230254
  • Secretary: Jo Scott – 01879 230212
  • Treasurer: Peter Ings – 01879 230253


The art group meets at the Cafe in Arinagour on Wednesdays, 10.00 – 12.00 hrs during our Summer timetable.

Meetings are held on Tuesdays, 10.00 – 12.00 hrs during our Winter timetable.

Everyone is welcome to join, from total beginners wishing to learn, to the more advanced artists. All mediums used.



The archery group meets at Garden House on Fridays at 14.00 – 16.00 hrs. Equipment supplied. Sorry, U3A members only because of insurance cover.

Please check with Elaine Barrie as meetings may be weather permitting and a different venue.


  • Convenor: Lavinia Maclean Bristol – 01879 230353

Anyone with good ideas is most welcome.