The U3A concept was launched in France in 1972 and was followed by the creation of the International Association of U3As. The idea then spread throughout the world. The first British U3A was formed in 1982 and there are now 247,250 members in 761 local U3As throughout the UK.
Although called a University, no educational qualifications are required or given. Those who teach and those who learn are all members of the University of the Third Age.
We are a voluntary organisation where retired or semi-retired people from all walks of life and of all ages, who meet like-minded members to expand their knowledge, share interests or acquire new skills.
Men and women with a lifetime of experience, expertise and know-how in professions, occupations or through hobbies are encouraged to form groups and share their knowledge with fellow members. A mutual interest leads to new friendships. Many Groups meet in members' homes, adding an important social dimension.
Formby U3A was formed in March 1990 and has grown steadily such that there are now over 1000 members nearly 50 different subjects in over 100 Groups.
Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at Holy Trinity Parish Hall at 2.00pm. There maybe occasions when the Hall's capacity of 200 may be reached and therefore entrance will be restricted.
Also an information meeting is held on the following Thursday morning at the Holy Trinity Church Workshop from 10.45am until 12 noon.
Click here for information about Groups
Click here for information about Membership
Click here for information about Events
The Third Age Trust is the national representative body for U3As in the UK. It is both a limited company and a registered charity. It underpins the work of local U3As by providing educational and administrative support to their management committees and to individual members and assists in the development of new U3As across the UK. Go to www.u3a.org.uk for more information.