We are a charitable organisation run by Trustees(our Executive Committee), all of whom are volunteers and members of the Chalfonts u3a. The Trustees of Chalfonts u3a are elected annually by our members and form the Executive Committee which is responsible for managing its affairs in accordance with a Constitution approved by the Charity Commission.
In January 2015 a meeting was held at the Chalfont St Peter Community Centre to discuss the formation of a new u3a Group in the Chalfonts area of south Buckinghamshire. As a result of this meeting, a steering committee was formed to help get the new group up and running. A number of local people volunteered to give some of their time to get things moving.
On 11th March 2015, the inaugural meeting was held, again at the CSP Community Centre. More than two hundred people signed up to join the Chalfonts U3A at this meeting.
At the end of our first year, we are now more than five hundred strong.
In the summer of 2015, we were granted full Trust status. This means we can boost our funds through the Charitable Gift Aid scheme, which helps us to keep our membership and running costs as low as possible.
We now have members from all of the Chalfonts, Chalfont St Peter, Chalfont St Giles, Seer Green, Little Chalfont, Jordans, and other small villages in the surrounding area. In addition, we also have members from further afield in places like High Wycombe and Iver Heath to name just a couple.
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The u3a Movement
The u3a began in Britain in 1982. The Third Age Trust is the national representative body for u3a's in the UK and there are over 1000 u3a's in the UK with 440,000 members. Each u3a, including Chalfonts u3a, is an individual charity run by and for its members.
Membership of the u3a is open to all people who are no longer in full-time employment, irrespective of race, religion, or politics. The vision of the u3a is to give people access to Interest Groups and activities that are provided by the members for the members.