Show MenuHide Menu

National u3a Newsletter – 🍂October 🍂2023

13 November, 2023

The u3a National¬†newsletter for ūüćāOctober ūüćā is available HERE. ¬†As usual there is plenty to read, take part in and enjoy. Including:

Enter the u3a 2023-4 Poetry Competition

The u3a national poetry competition is back for its fourth year, and the theme for this year‚Äôs competition is: ‚ÄėWhat If‚Äô.

The competition opened on Wednesday 8 November 2023 and the deadline for submission is 12pm on Friday 26 January 2024.  You must read the competition rules before submitting your poem. Enter the u3a national poetry competition

u3a Festival 24

u3a Festival 24 is taking place 18-20 July 2024 in York, where we will be running a wide variety of activities Рtalks, sporting events, musical entertainment and workshops which will make this first u3a national festival something to remember. Find out more about the festival on the u3a website. 

We’re keen to strengthen our musical offering so if your u3a has singers or musicians who would like to come please get in touch by emailing

October’s¬†u3a Radio Podcast – Episode 33 – Maths for fun, Give it a go, Theatre

Members can listen to it, and all previous Podcasts on Apple, Spotify, Google Podcasts Рand it is still available in captioned video form on YouTube. 

You can find lots of events on our online events page.  Here is a sample:

Protecting ourselves from Fraud
Tuesday, 21st November, 2pm

Join Neil Freebury, Head of Intelligence at the Insolvency Service, to find out how to better protect yourself from fraud.

The story of Eva Urbach and Ulli Adler
Friday, 1st December, 2pm

Lesley Urbach tells the story of her mother and aunt who arrived in the UK on the Kindertransport, and the family left behind. 

The Art of William Morris
Wednesday, 6th December, 2pm

A journey into the incredible work and beautiful art of William Morris.  This talk will cover the life, work and ideas of this great Victorian polymath who was a talented designer, craftsman, writer, poet, socialist and printer.

Live Cookery Demonstration РChristmas Special 
Thursday, 7th December, 10.30am

Chef Alex from ‘Vegetarian for Life’ demos his delicious festive recipes

Climate change and the Oceans
Friday, 15th November, 10am

Ian Hawker of East Suffolk u3a discusses the climate change’s effect on our oceans.¬†



Don’t forget¬†u3a Click and Save

Through the u3a Click and Save scheme, members can receive a discount on many big brands including Sainsbury’s, Costa, Currys and Ticketmaster.¬†

How do you access u3a Click and Save? 

You can access the scheme by following these steps:

1.       Create an account on the u3a Click and Save website.
2.       Click on the link in the confirmation email and then log in.


As usual check the website regularly for the latest news, tutorials and events, some of which are listed below. Our ongoing initiatives are continuing so have a look at our learning pages to see everything that you can get involved in.  Click here for the information leaflet to complement the local learning happening in your u3as.

For previous editions of the national newsletter, see the newsletter archive.  Did you know that you can sign up to receive the national u3a monthly newsletter direct to your email inbox?  If you wish to do this, please complete the form on the U3A website here.


Tap to start/tap to stop