The University of the Third Age (u3a) was founded in 1982. It is a UK-wide movement of locally-run interest groups that provide a wide range of opportunities to come together to learn for fun. Members explore new ideas, skills and activities together.
There are 1,057 u3as with over 450,000 members; membership costs less than £20 on average per year and is open to everyone who’s no longer in full-time work. There are about 50 u3a Astronomy Groups around the country. If you are retired, look up your local u3a to see if they have an Astronomy Group.
New members can expect to receive a warm welcome. No prior knowledge is expected, and simple questions are welcomed. The Groups have leaders who often present a topic, or s/he gets a member to do a presentation. Meetings usually last 2 hours, including Q & As and socialising.
For more details about Astronomy Groups and the u3a, please contact Martin Whillock or visit the u3a website.