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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
our meeting on 12th February, independent heritage advisor Stephen
Barker made a return visit, this time talking about “Six Warrior Women in
the Civil Wars”. Rather than being timid bystanders – as might have been
expected of “weaker vessels” – these strong women contributed in various ways:
some took an active part in the fighting, some were skilled negotiators, some
were good at spying.
Some of the stories
were very harrowing and emotive; certainly an eye-opener.
Stephen Barker – very knowledgeable and an excellent presenter.
The speaker at our next meeting, on 26th February, will be Dr
Tony Hersch on “Recent Discoveries in Astronomy”.
Lunch Group’s first meeting of the year, at The Maybush, Newbridge, was a great
success. The next lunch will be on Monday 4th March, at Millets
Person: Beverley Birmingham – email@example.com
& Pubs Group will start its 2024 programme on Friday 1st March,
with a visit to St Bartholomew’s, Ducklington, followed by lunch at The Bell.
Person: Lis Froggatt – firstname.lastname@example.org
The Walking Group was
lucky with the weather at its first outing, on 26th January. Members
walked to Wolvercote in perfect winter
sunshine and enjoyed lunch at The Plough Inn.
take place on the second and fourth Friday of the month.
Contact Person: Mary
Chait – email@example.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.
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
Newsletter is also published on this website under the 'News' section.
It is full of information about forthcoming events, both those
by this branch and also those organised by Thames Valley
be certain to look at the notice board at the back of the meeting room
details of outings and study days and also on www.u3atvnetwork.org.uk as
well as this website.
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'
West Oxford U3A or to renew your membership:
current annual subscription is £15 and subscriptions are due in September
recommend that you use our online membership facility
which can be
found in the Membership section.
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
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.
relevant declaration and consent box is included in the online
Application Form which can be found in the Membership Section.
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.