Welcome to St Albans u3a!

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What is the u3a?

Membership of the u3a is open to all people who are no longer in full-time employment, irrespective of race, religion or politics. The vision of the u3a is to give people access to Interest Groups and activities which are provided by the members for the members.

The u3a began in France in 1972, with the core of u3a starting in Britain in 1982. The Third Age Trust is the national representative body for u3as in the UK. There are over 1000 u3as in the UK with 440,000 members. Each u3a is an individual charity run by and for their members. Click here for more information on the Third Age Trust.

What we do

St Albans u3a was formed in 1987. Its Trustees are elected annually by the members and form the Executive Committee which is responsible for managing its affairs in accordance with a Constitution approved by the Charity Commission. Our members can enjoy a range of activities which include Meetings and Talks twice a month, over 120 Interest Groups as well as Trips and Holidays. A brief description of these activities can be found below. But for more detailed information just browse the website using the menu options above.

Meetings and Talks

We normally hold meetings and talks twice a month, on Wednesdays at Marlborough Road Methodist Church and on Tuesdays at the YMCA Gym, Russet Drive, Highfield. We have a varied programme of talks given by invited speakers and the meetings are an opportunity to meet fellow members and catch up on the latest news and Events. You are welcome to come along to one of our talks to find out more information about St Albans u3a. Click here for information on our talks programme.


Groups enable members to share each other’s interests and pursuits and we have an enormous range that cover educational, recreational, physical and cultural interests. Groups are autonomous and the members decide what they do and how they operate.

We have nearly 120 Groups. Click here for a list of them. Each Group will be organised by one or more volunteers who may have a particular interest in the activity (we are always open to suggestions for new groups). Normally you must be a member of St Albans u3a to join one of our Groups; however, there are a few designated Groups that are open to members of other u3as. Such Groups are indicated as an 'Open Group' in the Groups List and on their individual web page.

Many Groups meet in members’ homes. Some larger Groups or those participating in physical activities may use external venues in and around St Albans. In the latter case there may be a charge to cover the hire costs of facilities such as a hall or badminton court which is shared by the members.

Trips (Outings Holidays etc.)

We have a dedicated team of volunteers who organise our Trips.

Our Outings cover a wide area of interests including Garden Visits, Theatre Trips, Stately Homes etc. We usually run at least one trip a month but often there are two. Click here for a list of upcoming outings.

Holidays are organised both in the UK and abroad current holidays can be found here.

St Albans u3a members can also attend events organised by the Third Age Trust which are also advertised on its website here.

St Albans u3a is also a member of the Herts Network of u3as which provides a forum for discussing subjects of mutual interest with other local u3as.


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