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                                       Welcome to West Oxford U3A 

The West Oxford branch of the U3A, (the University of the Third Age), was created in 1995. The U3A exists for a group of people to get together to do things with everyone taking equal responsibility.

We meet on the 2nd and 4th Mondays except for July, August and December.  Our year begins in September and ends in June, with the AGM being held at the second meeting in May.  Once the membership fee is paid there is no further charge, although visitors make a donation.  Membership of West Oxford U3A does not cover membership of Oxford U3A or Headington U3A.


The meetings take place at Dean Court Community Centre, Pinnocks Way, Botley.   The proceedings start at 2.15 pm and (fairly short) notices are given before or after a talk as set out on your programme.  Tea and biscuits are always served after the talk. Please stay and use this time to get to know new people and meet friends.


What’s happening?  Recent & Upcoming events.


At our meeting on 20th May, local Art Historian Lizzie Rowe talked to us about Friedenreich Hundertwasser. He was an Austrian visual artist and architect, who was also very active in the field of environmental protection. A brilliant, light-hearted  and most enlightening presentation.




The Speaker with Martin of the Tech Team and with Jackie, who had arranged the talk and whose daughter in-law worked with Hundertwasser in younger days.

The meeting was preceded by our 2024 AGM. Notable decisions were: A proposal to raise the annual subscription from 15 to 20, and to increase the fee charged to visitors from 2 to 3, was approved. The management committee was re-elected and will serve for another 12 months.


The speaker at our next meeting, on 10th June, will be wildlife photographer, David
Bailey whose talk is entitled “Good Hare Days”.



The Churches & Pubs Group had a very successful outing on 3rd May, when 22 members visited the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Freeland.

While most of our visits are to medieval churches, St Mary’s is a Gothic Revival Church which was built in 1856, together with its rectory and village school. It was designed by architect John Loughborough Pearson.

St Mary’s, being strongly influenced by French Medieval Gothic, has many features where it differs from most English parish churches: the vividly painted interior walls, the position of the square tower at the west end, and the beautifully decorated sanctuary. It is quite lovely.

                                                          The beautiful Church of St Mary



                                                          So much to see and discuss 



The next visit will be on 7th June, to the Church of St Giles, Standlake, followed by lunch at The Rose Revived.

Contact Person: Lis Froggatt – l.froggatt66@gmail.com



The Walking Group enjoyed their recent walk through Harcourt Arboretum and were particularly pleased to be able to get there by bus. They report that the bluebells were amazing.




Contact Person: Mary Chait – smchait@gmail.com 




The Lunch Group enjoyed their visit to The Merry Miller, Frilford.




The next lunch will be on 3rd June, at The Maybush, Newbridge.

Contact Person
: Beverley Birmingham – beverleyu3a@gmail.com




A list of the Special Interest Groups (SIGs) is on your programme and they are open to anyone who would like to join.  Just contact the person referred to as arranging the meetings.  If there is a group you would like to start then, if you think the Committee can give you some help, please ask. For information about each SIG, please see the Groups section.




The membership fee entitles you to the West Oxford U3A Newsletter which is sent out three times per year, by email or (for those without an email connection) by post. The Newsletter is also published on this website under the 'News' section. It is full of information about forthcoming events, both those arranged by this branch and also those organised by Thames Valley Network.  Please be certain to look at the notice board at the back of the meeting room for additional details of outings and study days and also on www.u3atvnetwork.org.uk as well as this website.


u3a National 


A membership subscription is paid annually to the National U3A office and there is a newsletter which you can subscribe to receive or can be viewed on-line.  If you would like to receive the National U3A newsletter then please contact the Secretary who will tell you the cost.  You are entitled to attend the Summer Schools and other events, details and costs are on the National U3A website.




Do raise any queries when attending the meetings or contact the appropriate person in the 'Contact Us' section.



To join West Oxford U3A or to renew your membership:


The current annual subscription is 15 and subscriptions are due in September each year.

We recommend that you use our online membership facility which can be found in the Membership section.  

However, you may prefer to complete a paper membership application form which can be obtained by email or post or will be available at meetings. If you do not have a form please contact the membership secretary listed in the 'Contact Us' section.


Each year new members are invited to a 'welcome lunch', which gives them a chance to meet each other, the leaders of the Special Interest Groups, and other volunteers.


Gift Aid on Membership Subscriptions

Maximising our net income, for the benefit of members, is a consideration in everything we do.

One way a member can help us achieve this is by Gift Aiding their membership subscription. This enables WOu3a to reclaim the tax portion of the payment (25p for every 1 donated) from HMRC. To be eligible for Gift Aid, the member must:

be a UK tax payer; and

have paid an amount of tax (income and/or capital gains) in the current tax year which is not less than the Gift Aid claimed on this and any other such donations.

 The relevant declaration and consent box is included in the online Application Form which can be found in the Membership Section.


To send an email to West Oxford U3A - please select the appropriate contact from the 'Contact Us' section on this website.



More information about how the U3A started, its benefits and services, and other useful links can be found in the 'Links' section on this website.









 Site last updated: 25 May 2024


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