Welcome to the Homepage of the U3A Bromley website.
U3A BROMLEY is a self-help organisation, one of over 1,200 independent U3As forming the Third Age Trust in the UK. It is a non profit-making Registered Charity which started in 1990 and offers all retired and semi-retired people a variety of opportunities to use their knowledge, skills and experience and to acquire new ones in an informal, friendly atmosphere.
U3A Bromley has more than 1400 members and many different interest groups. These interest groups are organised by the members for the members – each member making a contribution in keeping with their particular skills, abilities and knowledge.
Each local U3A is autonomous. Bromley arranges its own programme of study and recreational courses, visits, talks, travel, at home and abroad, social events and other activities.
Covid-19 Update September 2020
The Executive Committee is still monitoring the situation regarding the possible restarting of group activities. Members may be aware that 35 out of our 84 Interest Groups are continuing to function in some form during lockdown; details of these will be made available via Beacon and were published in the September Newsletter.
Other groups, mainly the Open Meetings, have been affected by the closure of the relevant venues following Government instruction. Although some of these venues are re-opening, the committee considers that the measures in place there, although safe and well-implemented, may still leave our members at risk, even before taking into account the overall Covid-19 situation. We have therefore decided that until we are absolutely certain that it is safe for our members to restart activities in larger enclosed venues, U3A Bromley will continue in partial closure for the time being.
Members are advised to check with Group Leaders regarding interest groups, as it may be possible for some groups to restart in venues where it would not be viable for larger groups to do so or to hold meetings outdoors following current government guidelines.
There will be updates in Beacon, on this website and in the newsletter.
If you attend any of the Open Meetings and have friends and acquaintances without email who also attend, please pass this message on to them.
We will review the situation in May and keep members informed.
Members are advised to check with Group Leaders regarding other interest groups, as many, including those that meet in public buildings, will also be cancelled.
Annual General Meeting
The AGM, which was scheduled for Tue 21st April, is also postponed. When the AGM does take place, the reports and minutes will be unchanged, apart from the date, and therefore will still be relevant. If you intend to be there at the meeting, please retain the documents you have already been sent or emailed.
All Members of U3A Bromley receive an Interest Group Booklet containing details of all the U3A groups and activities and Newsletters throughout the year. We also send members useful information about online activities using our secure Beacon email system.
Where we meet
Larger groups may hire a local hall with a small charge made to cover the cost and speakers expenses. Some of the larger groups are ‘Open Groups’ where members are welcome to attend without first referring to the contact. Smaller interest groups may meet in members’ homes. A booklet listing all groups and contacts is supplied to all new members. Please refer to the individual group entry under Open or Interest Groups.