Exmouth & District

Being a member

What members can do

There are around 100 different activity and social groups. To join one simply contact the Organiser of that particular group. Contact details are included on the group page on this website (Under Groups/Groups list) and in the groups list that’s circulated regularly to members by email.

At any time, about 50% of our groups are listed as full. Don’t let this put you off from contacting the group organiser though. Most groups have a waiting list, he full/with vacancies status might be out of date, there might be someone in the group about to leave and, for various reasons, the organiser might be prepared to extend the group for you.

The Social Committee arrange trips and events for most months of the year and at varied locations within a drive or coach trip from Exmouth. To book on one of these, simply contact the social committee (see individual social event details). Places are usually limited and there is often a waiting list if it’s over-subscribed.

Each month there is a meeting in Exmouth Pavilion. Some members meet up there beforehand for a coffee and a chat. After a few general notices, we usually have an invited speaker. The topics vary very widely and details are available on the Events/Monthly meeting pages of this website and in the member newsletter.

A newsletter is sent to all members every two months. Aside from latest news and notices, it has details of forthcoming events and trips, new groups, group vacancies, monthly meetings and much more.

To encourage inclusivity for those not in the centre of Exmouth or can’t travel far, there are local ‘hubs’. The meetings take place in differing venues across the whole of our area, including Budleigh Salterton, Woodbury, Lympstone and Topsham. The hubs are mainly social but may evolve further in time.

Occasionally the committee organises other events such as groups open days, study days (focussing on a topic of interest) and anniversary celebrations.

What being a member means

We invite all new members to join a New Members Group. The group is for those who have joined within the previous 6 months or so and is designed to provide participants with an opportunity to meet other new members and help them to become established within the u3a to whatever level they feel suits their personal needs and other commitments.

The u3a ethos is about shared learning and shared experiences. Although groups you belong to will be led by an organiser, every group is collectively responsible for its own learning. Do not expect your organiser to do all the work as the u3a is about sharing experience and knowledge! Please consider becoming an organiser yourself – we all have expertise we can share.

Keep in contact with your group organiser. We all lead busy lives and there are times when you may not be able to make a meeting. Let your group organiser know if you cannot attend a meeting. Many groups meet in members’ homes and knowing the number of members attending each meeting is therefore very important.

If you decide to withdraw from a group, tell your group organiser promptly. This is particularly important where the group is full as another member could join from the waiting list.

Indulge your aspirations! Enjoy the opportunities. It can all be rewarding and fun.