Welcome to the website of HGS U3A, the University of the Third Age serving Hampstead Garden Suburb and surrounding areas. The purpose of the U3A, which is run by volunteers, is for retired and semi-retired people to come together and learn together, not for qualifications, but for its own reward—the sheer joy of discovery. There are no restrictions on age or range of interests. The “third age” is defined as “no longer in full-time employment”. Many interest groups meet in members’ homes, others are outdoor pursuits or are held in hired venues.
If you would like to talk to someone about our U3A call 07788 183 196. If it is not answered when you call, you can leave a message – please give your full name and a contact number. We aim to respond within a day.
Membership is £35.00 per person, and covers until 31 August 2018. Thereafter, subscriptions will run annually from September to August. The HGS U3A programme runs throughout the year without breaks (although individual groups are free to set their own schedules).
We can accept payment by cheque or BACS. An application form must be submitted by each member. Your Membership Card and Handbook will be sent on receipt of your application form with cheque, or confirmation by bank of BACS payment and receipt of application form.
Membership application form (Click the link to load the form into your browser, fill it in online, and use the browser menu to print it out. Alternatively, right-click the link, and select Save As from your browser’s context menu. You can then print it out, and fill it in with a pen.)
Payment by cheque
Make the cheque (£35.00 per member) out to HGSU3A, and send it with your application form to the address shown on the form. Please write your name, address and phone number on the back of the cheque.
Payment by BACS
Make payment (£35.00 per member) to:
- Account name: HGSU3A
- Bank Sort Code: 402016
- Account number: 82212358
- Reference: Use your phone number and surname
IMPORTANT: If paying by BACS, you must use your phone number and surname as the reference. Otherwise, we have no way of identifying whom the payment is from. Banks restrict the number of characters in the BACS reference. If necessary, abbreviate your surname. We’ll use the phone number to contact you only if there is a problem. After submitting the BACS payment, please send the application form to the address on the form.
New Courses Added
Our range of interest groups/courses continues to expand. To join any of these groups, you must be a paid-up member of HGS U3A. The latest additions include:
- Share Watch
- Current Affairs 4 (Tuesday mornings)
- Map Appreciation
- Book Group 2 – Miscellany
- Play-reading Group
- Music Appreciation @ The Royal Academy of Music
- Basic Italian
- German Conversation (Advanced)
- Family History — Genealogy
- Cryptic Crosswords
- History Discussion & Reading Group
- Singing for Pleasure
- Public Speaking
- Computer Buddy Scheme
- World Cities Discussion Group
- Play Modern Jazz & Standards
Joining a Group
You can join a group by contacting the Group Leader using your Members’ Handbook or you can sign up using the form on the Contact page, selecting “Application to join group(s)” from the Subject drop-down menu. You will then be contacted by the Group Leader. If there is a waiting list for a group you can still register your interest as a parallel or new group may be formed.
Leading a Group
If you would like to volunteer to run an interest group, please fill in the group leader application form.
Members on Their Own
On Your Own? Then MOTO is for you. HGS U3A has created a special group for members on their own (MOTO). If you live on your own, and would like to socialize with other HGS U3A members in a similar situation, please fill in the brief form on the Meetings and Events page.
Mislaid Your Handbook?
If you have mislaid your HGS U3A Members’ Handbook, use the following form to request a digital copy (1.5MB PDF file):