Membership – Joining and Updating

Joining the u3a (New Members)

If you would like more information or have decided you would like to join the u3a, see the Contact details below.

Benefits of Membership

Even under the current restrictions on our normal activities due to the coronavirus, membership of the Aughton & Ormkirk u3a still provides many opportunities to Learn, Laugh, Live.

  • the chance to join a good number and variety of special interest groups that are continuing to meet virtually utilising technologies such as Zoom, WhatsApp, email.  See Our Virtual u3a
  • receipt of the regular monthly enews if you have provided an email address on your Beacon Membership Record
  • receipt of a special newsletter at intervals by email (or by post if you have no email address)
  • access to the many resources of the National u3a

Updating Membership Details (Existing Members)

When you join, the Membership Team will set up your Membership Record on the Beacon System.

You can thereafter amend or update your personal details for yourself by logging on to the Beacon System, and making the appropriate changes to your record.

Please read this Message from the Membership Team about the importance of keeping everyone’s Membership Records up-to-date.

If you need help with updating your Beacon record, see the Contacts details below.

Renewing Membership (Existing Members)

Because of the restrictions on our normal activities at the Scout & Guide HQ and the various other venues since March 2020, your existing 2020 / 2021 Membership has been extended till October 2021.  See:

Change to u3a Membership Year


Help with joining (new members) or with updating your Beacon Membership Record (existing members) is available by:

Technical advice on accessing your Beacon Membership Record (as well as more general IT Support) is also available from the Computer Advice Team  by emailing

In order to comply with the terms of the General Data Protection Regulation 2018, members are reminded that membership data will be kept on a computerised database and/or in a file and used solely for u3a business and communication.