Malling District U3A was launched in September 2007 and became a fully affiliated U3A in June 2008 by which time it had over 200 members and 20 interest groups operating successfully. Today we have over 400 members and some 60 Study groups catering for the varied interests of our members.
We have a monthly programme of meetings with guest speakers that give talks on a wide range of subjects. Our monthly meetings take place every 4th Tuesday of the month at Ryarsh Village Hall.
We welcome new members and if you are considering joining or require more information, please click on 'How to Join Mailling U3A' below.
Further information is also available on this "Malling U3A" leaflet by clicking this link here.
U3A stands for University of the Third Age, which is a self help organisation for people no longer in full time employment, providing educational, creative and leisure opportunities in a friendly environment. It consists of local U3As all over the UK, which are charities in their own right and are run entirely by member volunteers. Local U3As are learning cooperatives which draw upon the knowledge, experience and skills of their own members to organise and provide interest groups in accordance with the wishes of the membership. The teachers learn and the learners teach. U3A offers the chance to study a vast range of subjects in such fields as art, languages, music, history, life sciences, philosophy, computing, crafts and photography. A typical U3A has about 250 members but could be as small as 12 or as large as 2000.
About the Third Age Trust
The 'Main U3A Site' link at the top of this screen opens the web site of the Third Age Trust, which 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 in the development of new U3As. It is managed by a national executive committee, four other officers and thirteen representatives from designated UK areas. The trust is funded mainly by annual subscriptions paid by member U3As on a per capita basis. It has three full time and five part time staff and is located in Bromley Kent.
The several hundred U3A groups in the country are divided into several regions of which ours is the South East Region covering close to 200 U3A groups in about 10 smaller networks. Its web site is here. Within the SE Region, almost all of the U3A Groups in Kent are signed up members of the Kent Network which organises the ways in which local U3As interact, Study Days for members and several other activities. Learn more here. Perusal of these three sites will lead to knowledge of the various meetings, study methods, study days, summer schools etc covering a multitude of subjects which, as a member of Malling District U3A, you will be eligible to attend.
How to join Malling U3A
Malling U3A welcomes new members and offers a wide range of of leisure and educational activities. To download an easy guide on what is on offer at Malling U3A please click this link - What is U3A?
Please click this link: Application Form and download the form. If unable to do this please email email@example.com and request that an application form be sent to you by post. Once you have returned the form your membership will be confirmed as soon as possible after which you will be free to attend the monthly lectures and other events listed under the Activities Tab. You will also be free to join any of the Special Interest Groups.
The next General Meeting is at Ryarsh Village Hall on May 24th at 2pm.
There will be a talk given by Ian Keeble :-
"Charles Dickens, Conjurer"
Ian spoke to us in 2018 on the life and work of James Gilray, and in this talk about Charles Dickens, who was an amateur conjurer for around 7 years of his life, he speaks about how Dickens became a conjurer, who inspired him, and how his magic sheds light on his character and his writings - and he also performs some of Dickens' tricks.
For more details of all our meetings select the "Activities" page
We organise a regular schedule of events throughout the year. Use the link below to see the upcoming events
Learn a new skill, arrange a meet up with others to play a game or enjoy an organised day out
Read our latest newsletter to see what our members and groups have been doing recently