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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 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.

  
 

 

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                        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
 

The 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 Farm, Frilford.

Contact Person: Beverley Birmingham – beverleyu3a@gmail.com

  

The Churches & 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.

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

  

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.

  

Walk

 

Walks take place on the second and fourth Friday of the month.

Contact Person: Mary Chait – smchait@gmail.com

 

 

SIGs

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.

 

Newsletter

 

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.

 

Queries

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 



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