Registered Charity 1082794



A message from our Chair, Sarah Jones

We are very proud of our website. Here you will find everything you need to know about us. 

Our plethora of interest groups run by and for Chiltern U3A members. Anything from scrabble, photography, technology, local and family history to crime fiction.  You will find out about our weekly general meetings and the excellent speakers that we have recorded and made available to all members of CU3A. You will find out about our newsletter and members have the opportunity to read back copies. You will find out about the committee who we are and how to contact us.

We are an organisation that is coping very well during the Covid pandemic. Many of our groups are using Zoom, Skype and telephone to stay in touch. Many of our outdoor groups have found a way of operating within government and U3A are guidelines. E.g. the golf group and walkers go out in small groups to enjoy each other’s company and the activity.  Many groups are keeping in touch with each other via phone (and even letter I am told)

We are keeping a very close eye on information coming from government, from the Third Age Trust and from the locations we use. It is our intention that while keeping our members safe we will make as many groups available as humanly possible.

We are looking for suggestions for anything we might do in the meantime to engage and support our members.

I am so proud to be the chairperson of CU3A at CU3A. Please be in touch with me personally if there’s anything you would like to share with me or ask me (u3achair@chiltern-u3aorg.uk).


Click here for notes on how to log in (only for members of Chiltern U3A)

This shows some of our activities, courtesy of the photography group.
Click here for the full gallery of photos.

Click here for a video of U3A activities

Chiltern U3A hosted a Thames Valley Network event on Cyber-crime on 15th October 2020. The event was led by Mr Mark Godsland, the Thames Valley Police cyber-protection officer.

Mark Godsland’s presentation video

David Bender’s interactive case study of identity theft video

The discussion sessions recording, with no pictures, to preserve the privacy of participants

After the event Mr Godsland also sent a presentation after the event; it is available in two formats:

Mark Godsland’s presentation after the event as a .pdf file

Mark Godsland’s presentation after the event as a PowerPoint file


Try before you buy

Prospective members are welcome to attend two of what we call our ‘general meetings’ (diverse, interesting presentations from experts in their subject area)  held on Zoom at 14.20 every Wednesday. If you are interested, email u3achair@chiltern-u3a.org.uk for details.

We like to be face to face in  in the Amersham Community Centre Drake Hall and will again as soon as it is considered safe to do so.  When we are face to face after the presentation there is always tea or coffee and a chance to meet fellow CU3A members.  Very popular.

Prospective members may also attend a meeting of one or two of our interest groups to see if they interest you - please email the convenor of the group/s you are curious about.  The group may have suspended activities or be operating on Zoom/Skype etc. or in small groups outdoors.  The convenor (what we call our team organisers) will be able to tell you more.

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What Chiltern U3A can offer you

Chiltern U3A was formed in October 1999 and currently has about 1500 members and more than 100 subject groups. You can search our groups from an alphabetical list, by type of activity, or from a calendar - click the "our groups" tab at the top of the page.

Most subject groups meet once or twice a month, some more frequently, and programmes are decided by the members of the group. General meetings, with an invited speaker, are held on third Wednesday of the month at 2:30 in the Drake Hall in the Amersham Community Centre .

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A quarterly Newsletter is distributed to all members giving full details of all of the groups' activities and other items of interest. There is also a regular electronic bulletin, and the Newsletter is available to members by email as well as on paper.

Click here for a redacted version of the August 2020 newsletter.In line with data protection regulations, members' phone numbers and personal email addresses have been erased; the version available to members who log in contains this information

Members can see the current and past issues of the newsletter and eBulletin by clicking on the "For members" tab above.

Membership is open to anyone who is retired from full-time work and who has an interest in continuing to learn. You may join any of our special interest groups that have vacancies whether you are an expert or a complete novice wishing to develop a new interest. You are welcome to come along to one or two meetings as a "taster" before joining.

Membership costs just £26 a year. The full subscription is £32, but new members receive a welcome discount of £6. Members joining after October 1st pay just £13 for the half year until renewal is due by the end of March. Click on the "Join us" tab above to apply for membership. Renewal notices are sent out in December, with email reminders in January, February and March. Members who pay by the end of March receive a discount of £6, as a reward for renewing in time.

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There is no additional charge for joining any of the groups. Of course, where external costs are incurred, such as for outings, a charge is made.

Although we call ourselves the University of the Third Age, we do not offer formal courses, nor do we offer any degrees or diplomas. Our purpose is to offer members a wide variety of physical, intellectual and artistic activities to keep them alert, fit and healthy, as well as opportunities to get out, meet new friends and enjoy a varied social life.

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The organisation is run entirely by volunteers, and there are many and varied opportunities for members to make their own contribution to its success. The organisation only survives if there are volunteers who are prepared to use their own skills and aptitudes to make it work.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

Chiltern U3A (CU3A) is a learning co-operative and membership charity which enables members in their third age to share educational, creative and leisure activities. Members of each U3A draw upon their knowledge, skills and experience to teach and learn from each other (peer to peer learning). CU3A recognises that some people are particularly likely to experience discrimination and harassment and is committed to making sure that CU3A is as inclusive and welcoming as possible.

This policy has been drawn up to comply with the Equality Act 2010. The Act stipulates that organisations cannot treat someone unfairly on the basis of what it calls ‘protected characteristics’

 CU3A will strive to ensure that members do not experience discrimination on the basis of their protected characteristics. This will include ensuring equal access to groups and behaviour between members and by committee members and convenors.

Click here to see the full policy

You can contact our officers by email as follows:

For membership enquiries: u3amembership@chiltern-u3a.org.uk
For general enquiries: enquiries@chiltern-u3a.org.uk
To contact the Chair: u3achair@chiltern-u3a.org.uk
To contact the Secretary: u3asecretary@chiltern-u3a.org.uk
To suggest a speaker for a general meeting, or to offer to speak: u3ageneral@chiltern-u3a.org.uk
If you have any problems with the website please email: u3awebmaster@chiltern-u3a.org.uk

or you can write to:

Chiltern U3A
Amersham & District Community Association
Chiltern Avenue
Amersham HP6 5AH

Many files are in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format. Click here to download Acrobat reader

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