U3A takes its name from L’Université du Troisième Age launched in France in 1972. More recently, the French have adopted the titles of Université de Tous Ages or Université du Temps Libre or Union Française des Universités de Tous Ages or UFUTA. It is more a university in the original sense of the word; a co-operative of people interested in a particular activity or subject. U3As have members not students.
We remember well the inaugural meeting held in the main hall at Malvern Hills College on 8th August 1995 when it was hoped that about forty people might turn up to hear what the U3A was all about. Peter Asquith, who chaired the meeting, and other brave souls who formed the steering committee were overwhelmed when more than 150 enthusiastic members of the public turned up. The main hall was filled to overflowing, along the landing and down the stairs. Since those early days we haven’t looked back. By the September of 1995 several groups had started up and we had about 180 members. By contrast, in 2018 we had over 100 interest groups and over 1600 members!
Malvern U3A is grateful to those members who over the years have given their time to serve on the committee. Past and present Chairs of the U3A, who met in the Summer of 2010, were Gren Gaskell, Peter Hurcomb, Mary Davis, Peter Asquith, Cynthia Wolfendale and Frank Cochrane.
In 2010 our ‘year’ changed, with the AGM moving from March to November.
If you wish to see archived AGM and Committee minutes you can click HERE